Sports Lighting: Adapt and Survive in Ever-Changing World (Sponsored)

Hawkins Field at Vanderbilt University lit by Eaton's Ephesus Sports Lighting

This sponsored content was provided by Eaton's Ephesus Lighting.

One of the biggest concerns sports facility operators express when making the decision to convert their venue from high intensity discharge (HID) to LED sports lighting is the fear that they will replace their antiquated system with new technology that will soon be obsolete. This “analysis paralysis” has stopped countless number of sports facility operators, players and fans from benefiting from the power of LED sports lighting.

 â€śEver since we introduced the first LED sports lighting solution in 2012, we continually hear the concern from facility operators that, just like when they buy a new cell phone or laptop, they’re afraid to commit to a new LED sports lighting solution in fear of something better coming along next year,” said Lee Davis, General Manager of Eaton’s Ephesus Sports Lighting.  “We took this concern to heart and used this rationale to develop our new Lumadapt LED sports lighting system.”

The concept for “future proofed” adaptable LED sports lighting is simple: just like a cellphone or laptop, an LED sports lighting solution should be connected to a network that will allow users to simply download updates and apps. And, when new functionality is available, rather replacing the device, customers can just upgrade their existing LED sports lighting systems.  
Now that “future proofed” adaptable LED sports lighting has arrived, here are four concerns that facility operators will no longer face when evaluating the benefits of switching to an LED sports lighting solution.

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Will not allow me to purchase the complete functionality I will eventually need. Adaptable LED sports lighting offers customers a suite of a-la-carte features and functionality.  This allows them to buy an LED sports lighting system and then add features as they are needed or as budgets increase.  Some facility operators have also indicated that they will be able to invest their energy savings for added features and functionality.  A few of the options that will be available include; RGBA color, beam tuning, color temperature tuning, remote health/status monitoring and a dynamic scene builder with the capability to make personalized lighting scenes.


Will make the system I buy today antiquated by the time it is installed. Many current LED sports lighting systems are simply a string of independent fixtures that are only connected via the in-house control system to turn the lights on and off.  An adaptable LED sports lighting system is designed with an intelligent cloud data approach that connects the entire system, thus allowing users to remotely monitor system heath and upload new features, functionality and upgrades. 


Might not be what I need in 25 years. The long lifespan of an LED sports lighting solution can be both a curse and a blessing. But with the ability to add features, functionality and technological innovations, facility operators can be assured that the system they buy today will be remain state-of the-art and solve problems they don’t even know they have.


Are expensive and never seem to cover the service or parts I need. The ability to monitor system health and usage has allowed warranties to evolve from a quarter-decade long coverage plan that treats everyone the same, to a more personalized service plan.  Rather than committing for 25-years, facility operators can choose a 10-year traditional warranty and then enter into an annual service agreement for another decade based upon their specific use and health of their system.

To learn more about the latest in LED sports lighting technology, visit This article is the third in a monthly series. View more here.

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