Heat installs energy-saving lighting system at home arena

AmericanAirlines Arena, the home of the Miami Heat North American NBA basketball franchise, has been fitted with power management company Eaton’s advanced Ephesus sports lighting LED and controls system.

The system is expected to reduce energy use at the arena by as much as 75 per cent, while also enhancing the viewing experience for fans.

The new lighting system was used for the first time yesterday (Tuesday) during the Heat’s pre-season game against the Brooklyn Nets.

Eaton’s system will be integrated with the arena’s existing control system and will provide optimal lighting that will illuminate more clearly on the playing surface.

“We rely heavily on lighting to set the stage for Miami Heat games, creating the right environment for our players and our fans,” Michael McCullough, executive vice-president and chief marketing officer for the Heat, said.

“Eaton’s Ephesus system allows us to introduce dramatic effects and colour into our lighting presentations inside AmericanAirlines Arena, and we’re very excited about its unveiling this season.”

The team becomes the second NBA outfit to install Eaton’s Espheus sports lighting system, joining the Minnesota Timberwolves. The system is being used in a growing number of venues across all four major sports leagues in North America.

Mike Lorenz, president of Eaton’s Esphesus Lighting business, added: “Since we installed the first ever solid-state lighting system in a North American sports arena, facility operators and team executives have come to understand that Eaton’s digital lighting solutions create an enhanced stage for fans and performers.

“We are confident that fans attending the many different types of events at AmericanAirlines Arena, including Miami Heat basketball, will experience a better game or show with our industry-leading digital lighting and controls system.”