Phoenix Stadium’s Superbowl Lighting by Ephesus


University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ has installed high performance LED stadium lights from Ephesus Lighting, Inc., the leader in providing LED lighting solutions for sports facilities. According to Amy Casper, CEO of the Syracuse-based company, the facility will be the first NFL venue to illuminate the playing surface exclusively with LED lighting. (via

In addition to serving as the Arizona Cardinals’ home field, University of Phoenix Stadium is also the site of the Super Bowl on February 1, 2015, the Pro Bowl on January 25, 2015 and the Fiesta Bowl on New Year’s Eve 2014. Yesterday, September 21 st, the Cardinals hosted the San Francisco 49ers in the first game played under the new lights.

The new lights will use just 310,000 watts of energy as compared to the 1.24 million watts needed to power the previous system.

LED lights can be turned on and off with the flick of a switch, whereas metal halide fixtures require a 20-minute warm-up period. The on/off feature also allows facility operators to create light shows for fan entertainment.

LED lighting also provides brighter and more uniform light eliminating shadows on the playing surface, creating a better stage for players as well as for fans in the stadium or watching on high-def tvs at home.

“The capabilities of LED technology have changed the way we view sports lighting,” said Joe Casper, Founder and CTO of Ephesus Lighting. “This was a great opportunity to showcase our innovative lighting technology in a venue known as a leader in introducing new ideas to the sports marketplace.”

Most venues experience a 75% reduction in overall sports lighting energy consumption including a reduced load on the air conditioning system normally used to offset the heat generated by the old metal halide lights.

“We are excited about replacing our metal halide fixtures with state-of-the-art Ephesus LED lighting fixture,” said Peter Sullivan, General Manager and Regional Vice President for Global Spectrum at University of Phoenix Stadium. “As the host venue for the 2015 Super Bowl, we look forward to demonstrating the benefits of LED technology to a global audience.”

“We selected Ephesus after careful consideration of all the other available options. We are confident that their solution will improve lighting for the athletes, fans and broadcasters, all while reducing energy consumption and eliminating conventional sports lighting maintenance expense,” explained Sullivan.

The University of Phoenix Stadium, with its retractable roof and field, is unlike any other stadium in North America, and a marvel of design, engineering, and technology. This multi-purpose facility, which opened on August 1, 2006, previously hosted Super Bowl XLII in 2008, two BCS National Championship Games (2007 & 2011), the annual Fiesta Bowl, and numerous international soccer matches. The 63,400-seat stadium, which is expandable to seat 72,200 fans, is owned by the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority (AZSTA) and operated by Global Spectrum. (via

Since lighting the first sports venue with LED technology in North America in 2012, Ephesus Lighting luminaires have been operational in more than 30 indoor and outdoor sports and entertainment venues across North America, clocking in more than for over 70,000 hours of use. Some other facilities using this technology include: the Canadian Tire Centre, home of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators, Duke University’s Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium, and The Ryan Center at the University of Rhode Island.

Ephesus manufactures the brightest LED on the market and is the only stadium-designed lighting listed under Design Light Consortium’s (DLC) quality, performance and energy efficiency requirements. The DLC certification enables facilities to receive energy incentives from utility providers.

With these exciting new improvements, the Valley of the Sun will definitely be ready for some football next year on our very own home turf.

For questions or help with your lighting needs, please contact the Louie Lighting team toll-free at 1-877-385-2104 8am-5pm, Monday through Friday, Arizona Time.


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