SYRACUSE, NY Power management company Eaton today announced that its advanced Ephesus sports lighting light-emitting diode (LED) and controls system is being installed at Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins, for the 2017 season. Featuring industry-leading control functions, the LED system enhances the viewing experience for spectators while reducing energy use by as much as 75 percent.
The Twins will become one of five Major League Baseball (MLB) teams playing its home games under the Ephesus LED sports lighting solution this season. With more than 25 professional sports teams adopting the industry-leading LED and controls technology in just the past few years, it has quickly become the preferred lighting solution for sports venues of all sizes.
“We look to continue providing our players with the best stage on which to play and enhancing the experience of seeing a game at Target Field for our guests,” said Gary Glawe, senior director of Ballpark Systems for the Minnesota Twins. “We compared three of the leading LED lighting options and the Ephesus solution proved to be the best fit for our needs.”
The system being installed at Target Field features Eaton’s Ephesus Stadium Pro fixtures to illuminate the playing field, plus color accent lighting under the perimeter of the seating area canopy. The innovative system is available with 100 percent dimming capabilities, tunable light temperature and advanced control capabilities within each fixture.
Despite installing significantly fewer fixtures than the previous systems, Eaton’s Ephesus sports lighting will provide optimal lighting that illuminates more uniformly on the playing surface and an improved stage for players and fans watching live and on high-definition television. The system is easy to install, requires little or no maintenance for years and offers the lowest total operating costs compared to other traditional sports lighting systems.
“Since we installed the first solid-state sports lighting system, facility operators and team executives have come to understand that our digital lighting solutions offer a distinct advantage when compared to conventional LED lights in creating an enhanced stage for fans and performers,” said Mike Lorenz, president, Eaton’s Ephesus Lighting business. “Professional baseball teams have been especially drawn to the ability of our system to better minimize glare zones and keep lighting levels consistent for players and fans as the sun sets and it turns from dusk to the night sky.”
This Ephesus solution continues the rapid acceptance of LED lighting at sports and entertainment venues of all sizes across North America. Hundreds of facilities have made the switch to Eaton’s LED sports lighting system including: University of Phoenix Stadium (Arizona Cardinals); Hard Rock Stadium (Miami Dolphins); U.S. Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings); Bridgestone Arena (Nashville Predators); Globe Life Park in Arlington (Texas Rangers); and the historic Martinsville Speedway in Virginia – the first NASCAR track with LED lighting.