A new LED lighting system that will enhance television coverage and massively reduce energy consumption has been installed at Lambeau Field, the home of the NFL’s Green Bay Packers.

A helicopter was used to install the new Musco Lighting LED system at the 80,000-capacity stadium earlier this week.

Replacing a dated system installed when Lambeau Field was renovated in 2003, the new LED lights will be brighter and less expensive to operate. Cutting energy consumption by 60%, they are expected to last several decades.

The Packers said the 296 414kw light fixtures on 32 brackets will provide “greater colour rendition of team colours” for spectators in the stadium and those watching on TV. The LED lighting will also allow for “no flicker” slow motion shots.

“It’s an exciting day at Lambeau Field. Some regular upgrades in maintenance but not so regular in how it gets done,” Packers director of public affairs Aaron Popkey said.

“Like a lot of us are going through in our homes, when you’re replacing light bulbs or looking to upgrade lights, you go to the LED technology. That’s going to make a big difference in terms of energy efficiency and reducing the number of lights itself by more than half. Electrical consumption is going to drop significantly.”

The new lights can be dimmed for special events and provide custom theatrics.

“I think [fans will] notice brighter, more vibrant colours on the field,” Popkey added. “LEDs are a more natural sunlight effect opposed to the previous system which was a more artificial light.”

Last month it was announced that Musco will provide the lighting at Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium.

IMAGE: Evan Siegle/Packers.com (logo added)