The Miami Dolphins’ future is a little brighter — and it has nothing to do with their new head coach, Adam Gase, who was hired Saturday.
The organization will switch to an advanced light-emitting diode (LED) system at Sun Life Stadium ahead of the 2016 season, the Miami Herald learned. Installation of the lights, provided by the Eaton power management company, will occur in the coming months.
The system will reduce energy usage by as much as 75 percent. LED lighting turns on instantly, eliminating the warm-up period traditional light-bulb based systems need.
“As we researched LED lighting options in the marketplace that would help us transform Sun Life Stadium, it became evident that the digital lighting solution developed by Eaton’s Ephesus Lighting was a very competitive, well-engineered system that would meet our unique and specific needs,” said Bill Senn, the Dolphins’ senior vice president of stadium renovations.
According to Eaton, its Ephesus Lighting product is brighter than ever, and provides a more uniform shine on the field and players. The Dolphins are among the first sports franchises to implement this technology; in 2014, the Arizona Cardinals became the first NFL team to use LED lighting in their stadium.
The Dolphins and the Minnesota Vikings, who are building a new stadium, are using the next generation of Eaton’s LED technology.
The installation is part of the Dolphins’ $425 million stadium renovations; the shade canopy is also going up this offseason, and work on the building is expected to be completed in 2017.
“Since 2012, when we installed the first LED lighting system in a North American sports arena, facility operators have come to understand that our digital lighting solutions create the optimal stage for fans and performers,” Ephesus Lighting president Mike Lorenz said in a released statement. “Our success at venues of various sizes has established a new standard of what fans, performers, television broadcasters and facility operators expect from lighting.”