Rangers contract Eaton's Ephesus Lighting to implement new ballpark LED system
The Texas Rangers today announced that the club has entered into an agreement with Eaton's Ephesus Lighting to implement an advanced light-emitting diode (LED) system for the field lights at Globe Life Park in Arlington beginning with the 2016 season.
Work began this week on the LED Lighting System, which is designed to enhance the viewing experiences of fans attending Texas Rangers games at Globe Life Park as well as those watching the games on television. The Eaton's Ephesus installation will provide a 40% reduction in fixtures and up to a 60% decrease in energy use, while improving illumination and uniformity throughout the playing surface at Globe Life Park. There is also no decrease in illumination over time with the new system.
"The Rangers are excited to partner with Eaton's Ephesus Lighting to bring this state of the art technology to Globe Life Park," commented Rangers Executive Vice President Business Operations Rob Matwick. "While reducing the fixture count and being more energy efficient represent significant advantages, we're especially looking forward to improving the quality of field lighting for our players and broadcast partners. The Rangers are thrilled to be among the early adopters in Major League Baseball."
The new LED system, with its instant-on capability, eliminates the warm-up period associated with more traditional bulb-based lighting. This will enable Globe Life Park to instantly resume lighting after fireworks shows or other special events.
The Eaton's Ephesus installation will use Stadium Pro fixtures to offer color temperature tuning and the ability to generate unique fan experience effects. The Ephesus LED system will interface with an advanced DMX control system to provide these capabilities.
Since lighting the first sports venue with LED technology in North America in 2012, Eaton's Ephesus Lighting luminaries have been operational for over 200 million hours at indoor and outdoor sports and entertainment venues across North America. These include the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona, which hosted Super Bowl XLIX in February 2015 and the College Football Playoff Championship Game this January under the LED system.
Other facilities which currently have the Eaton's Ephesus installation are Nashville's Bridgestone Arena, home of this weekend's 2016 NHL All-Star Game and the Canadian Tire Centre, home of the NHL's Ottawa Senators. U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, the new home of the Minnesota Vikings and Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida will also feature this system beginning this fall.
Globe Life Park in Arlington will become the first baseball facility to implement the Eaton's Ephesus LED lighting system. The only major league park to feature any kind of LED field lighting in 2015 was Safeco Field in Seattle.
The LED lighting system at Globe Life Park is being implemented within the eight existing light standards. The project is expected to be completed by early March.