Super Bowl XLIX, to be played today at Arizona’s University of Phoenix Stadium, will make history apart from everything that goes on during the actual game.
The Arizona Cardinals recently upgraded over 780 metal halide fixtures with 44,928 Cree XLamp MK-R LEDs in their stadium, thanks to Cree and Ephesus Lighting.
What seems like a meaningless upgrade is actually huge in the energy department, with the LEDs expected to use 75% less power, but more importantly represents the first ever Super Bowl to be lit up entirely by LED lights.
Metal halide bulbs require a whopping 1.24 million watts to glow while the new LED fixtures thrive off of merely 310,000 watts of power.
In addition, LED lights don’t take 15 to 20 minutes to warm up like the old metal halide bulbs. In fact, the LEDs run at full strength as soon as they are turned on while also pumping out approximately double the illumination of the old bulbs.
All in all, better, brighter shining lights providing uniform lighting will produce a Super Bowl to remember for the players on the field, fans at the game, and viewers watching from home.