Lighting company Signify has agreed a new partnership with the National Hockey League (NHL) which is designed to benefit ice rinks of all sizes across North America.

As the preferred lighting company of the NHL, Eindhoven-headquartered Signify, which was formerly known as Philips Lighting, will seek to help the more than 4,800 ice rinks in the region, from major arenas to community facilities, make the transition to sustainable LED and connected lighting.

These solutions will aim to reduce the ice hockey industry’s environmental footprint by improving energy efficiency, while also delivering health and well-being benefits and an enhanced fan experience.

“The NHL is committed to advancing sustainable business practices and reducing the environmental impact of all levels of hockey for future generations of players and fans,” said Max Paulsen, director of business development at the NHL.

“Upgrading to LED and connected lighting is better for our planet – and offers a practical and cost-effective solution for rinks across North America. Through our partnership with Signify, rink owners will have the opportunity to reduce operational costs, streamline maintenance and focus resources on improving the holistic, in-venue experience.”

Martin Stephenson, head of North American systems and services at Signify, added: “We are proud to partner with the NHL and bring better, sustainable lighting solutions to hockey facilities across North America. Together, we can have a positive impact on the sport’s environmental footprint and on all who play and enjoy the game.”