Bridgestone Arena to Install LED Lighting From Ephesus Lighting

Home ice for the Nashville Predators and hosts of the 2016 NHL All-Star Game to improve the in-arena experience for fans, players, broadcasters, viewers and facility operators

SYRACUSE, NY & NASHVILLE, TN – SEPTEMBER 14, 2015 – Ephesus Lighting, the leader in developing digital lighting solutions for sports arenas, stadiums and fields of all sizes has been selected to create an LED arena lighting solution for Bridgestone Arena, home of the National Hockey League’s Nashville Predators and the host site for the 2016 NHL All-Star Game.  The announcement of the switch to LED lighting was made by Mike Lorenz, President of Ephesus Lighting, and Tim Friedenberger, Vice President of Facility Operations for Bridgestone Arena.

“Since we illuminated the first sports arena in North America with an LED lighting solution in 2012, facility operators have come to understand that our digital lighting solutions create the optimal stage for fans and performers,” Lorenz said.  “Our success at venues of all sizes has established a new standard of what fans, performers, television broadcasters and facility operators expect from lighting.”

Bridgestone Arena, a multi-purpose facility located in downtown Nashville, has been the home ice of the NHL’s Nashville Predators since the team’s inception in 1998.  The arena, which was named Pollstar’s 2014 Venue of the Year, also hosts a variety of other major events including the SEC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Tournament, the Country Music Academy Awards and concerts for many of the biggest names in music.

“The combination of the improved lighting and fan entertainment elements coupled with the environmental benefits and lower operating costs made this solution an easy choice to add to our upgrades to the Bridgestone Arena this summer,” Friedenberger said.  “We are especially excited about showcasing the new system during NHL All-Star Weekend, when the eyes of the hockey world are upon Nashville.”

The Ephesus Lighting LED solution features Ephesus’ color-tuning fixtures in the arena as well as Prism full spectrum color fixtures both inside and outside of the arena to allow for the creation of colorful light shows and other lighting experiences.  These fixtures will be controlled by an advanced DMX system to create these unique effects. Despite reducing the number of fixtures by half, the new system is projected to improve the light levels to over 200 foot candles on the surface while yielding a projected energy savings of more than 75 percent.

“The system provides us greater control over the lighting than ever before,” Predators Senior Director of Broadcasting and Entertainment Bob Kohl said.  “Everything will look better and crisper for fans at the arena, viewers watching at home and the players, who will appreciate the elimination of shadows and glare on the playing surface.”

Ephesus Lighting has led the LED lighting explosion at sports and entertainment facilities across North America by engineering LED lighting solutions that provide a significant increase in illumination when compared to all other lighting systems.  Ephesus’ LED lighting is brighter, and through its industry-leading glare-control innovations, its fixtures shine more uniformly on the playing surface, creating a better stage for players and fans both in the stadium and those watching on high-definition television.  The versatility of LED also allows for operational flexibility and the creation of programmable light shows for fan entertainment.  Ephesus LED solutions are easy to install, maintenance-free for years and offer facilities the lowest total operating costs.

Since lighting the first sports venue with LED technology in North America in 2012, Ephesus Lighting luminaires have been operational for over 20 million hours at indoor and outdoor sports and entertainment venues across North America including University of Phoenix Stadium, the Canadian Tire Centre, Duke University, Cornell University and many more.

About the Nashville Predators

The Nashville Predators became the National Hockey League’s 27th team on May 4, 1998 and have evolved from a young expansion franchise into a staple of the Middle Tennessee community in the 17 years since. The team is led by the only general manager in franchise history, David Poile, two-time Jack Adams Finalist and Stanley Cup-winner Peter Laviolette, and is anchored by three-time Norris Trophy finalist Shea Weber, three-time Vezina Trophy finalist Pekka Rinne, and a blend of rising young talent and experienced veterans.

About Ephesus Lighting

Ephesus Lighting, Inc., is a US-based company that manufactures high-output LED lighting solutions for challenging applications in the industrial and sporting markets. Ephesus is focused on innovating advanced LED solutions that will enrich and illuminate the world, by creating brighter, more vibrant and more sustainable environments.  For more information, visit, follow us on Twitter @EphesusLighting or contact us at 315-579-2873 or



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