German soccer stadium sees the light with upgrade to LEDs

Dive Brief:

  • The Volkswagen Arena, in Wolfsburg, Germany, is installing the Philips ArenaVision system for field illumination using an all-LED network.

  • Compared to incandescent, halogen and metal halide high intensity discharge light systems, LEDs do not need a warming cycle to reach full illumination and do not emit the heat of conventional lighting networks.   

  • In addition to being more energy efficient, LED stadium lighting is said to provide superior illumination for TV camera broadcasts and eliminates the flicker sometimes associated with conventional lighting.

Dive Insight

Phillips is no stranger to stadium illumination, having installed the first pitch-lighting system suitable for TV broadcast in 1967. Today, stadium operators and event programmers can synchronize LED field lighting and spotlights with video screens and perimeter displays to enhance entertainment and sporting events with light effects. They can also adjust the system's color rendering index to enhance different colors on the field and in the bowl, such as those associated with the franchise.

In the U.S., the New Orleans Saints have enjoyed LED lighting from Musco Lighting at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome since the beginning of the 2016 season. The lighting, which reduces energy consumption by 82% at the facility, also features instant on/off functionality, dimming controls and network integration with video displays for dynamic light shows. Musco also provides lighting at Houston’s NRG Stadium, the AT&T Stadium in Dallas and Petco Park in San Diego

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