The Controllability of Solid-State Lighting
Solid-state lighting has provided facilities across the country with boosted energy efficiency, reduced maintenance costs, and a better overall quality presentation. And the benefits don’t stop there. LED lighting fixtures add character and life to indoor or outdoor arenas and stadiums with the ability to sync music and control their capacity.
In this article, we’ll cover the basics of solid-state lighting, including types, benefits, applications for sports, and how controllability makes a difference. Here’s everything you need to know:
What Is LED Solid-State Lighting?
The visible light produced through electroluminescence is the result of solid-state lighting. Solid-state, or LED lighting, replaces traditional sources that produce light through electrical filaments, gas, or plasma. Electroluminescence begins with electrical currents passing through semiconductors to cause light to glow. Finally, light becomes visible through heat generation.
In the past decade, LED solid-state lighting has become the most popular source on the market and is now used in many arenas and stadiums nationwide. It’s especially useful in sports, as no other luminaire type can match the efficiency benefits and unique features like music syncing, flashing, and color-changing. Listed below are the different types of solid-state lighting:
- Light emitting diodes (LED)
- Organic light emitting diodes
- Polymer light emitting diodes
LED Customized Light Features
As a facility manager equipped with LED lighting capabilities, you completely control your building or facility. You won’t have to worry about slow warm-up speeds or lighting disasters. LED technology also offer the following creative advantages:
LED lighting can even sync with music, giving your sports or event space a true sense of character. Listed below are a few advantages of music syncing with solid-state lighting:
- Have you had low traffic in your venue or spectators complaining about a lack of creativity? If so, look no further than using LED lighting with music-sync capabilities. This magical combination adds considerable atmosphere and aesthetic to any space.
- Concerts are common in sports facilities. Synced music with LED lighting enhances the performance as it plays in real-time.
- The LED lighting and music syncing combination are excellent for photographers and videographers in your venue, allowing for the creation of quality creative content.
Another excellent lighting application for solid-state sources is their capacity control. The ability to change your lighting level, color, or other aspects at the touch of a button on a device monitors your lighting process much more closely. LED lighting can even offer the option of changing colors instantly.
If you’re interested in controllable lighting systems like solid-state lighting, check out a few reasons why LED lighting is far more efficient than any other traditional source.
Benefits of Solid-State Lighting
Fluorescent, HID, incandescent, and other traditional lighting require regular upkeep from facility managers. Although traditional lighting fixtures have lower upfront costs, teams and businesses spend significantly more over time, frequently replacing standard lamps in addition to expensive maintenance costs. These lamps produce UV radiation with dangerous components like lead and mercury.
Installing or retrofitting LED solid-state lighting into an arena, stadium, or park is more expensive upfront, but the benefits of the lighting technology ultimately save your team money to reallocate. Some of the benefits of installing or retrofitting solid-state lighting over traditional fixtures into your space are as follows:
Different events require unique lighting solutions. For example, a concert in an arena will cycle through many different lighting levels. In contrast, a sports event in an arena will maintain a consistent look throughout most of the event. Installing LED technology allows facility managers to dim or brighten lighting on the fly. When lights are dimmed, energy costs significantly fall, especially when appropriately managed.
Solid-state lighting draws a small fraction of energy compared to traditional sources. Fluorescent and HID technology cannot be controlled to dim or brighten levels as efficiently, meaning you will lose a fortune over time hosting different events.
Prolonged Service Lifespan, Reduced Maintenance
LED lighting can serve your facility for over 100,000 hours. Let’s think about that. Say your facility is used frequently—six hours a day, every day of the week. It would take 45 years to hit the 100,000-hour mark. If you compare that timeline with metal halide, fluorescent, or incandescent sources, you will need to replace your lamps almost 10 times.
And we still haven’t factored maintenance into the lighting picture. Traditional systems need regular care and maintenance to continue running properly. With a solid-state lighting system, experts recommend regular dusting and a routine maintenance checkup once every five years.
Optimal Power Supply
Traditional light fixtures require an external ballast which increases energy usage. This is not a factor with solid-state lighting, as you will always have a fixed rate that won’t change costs and demand for different energy usage levels.
With no extra external ballast device included with LED lighting, this technology can be 50 to 60 pounds lighter than HID lighting.
LED solid-state lighting is far more efficient than any other source available, ultimately lowering your facility’s energy and power bills. If you still use traditional lighting like metal halide fixtures, you could cut your wattage use down by two-thirds. Typical metal halide stadium lighting utilizes a 1,500-watt system, while LED lighting boasts a comparable 600 watt system.
LED lighting is vital for stadiums and arenas with many different sources, and may save 40,000 to 50,000 watts of power by switching.
Control Your LED Customized Lights With NGU Sports Lighting
At NGU, we know that installing or retrofitting a lighting system is a difficult task. That’s why we provide reliable and versatile LED products that reduce maintenance costs, boost efficiency, and offer creative additions. Contact our team today to have a controllable solid-state lighting system installed for your venue.