Energy – LEDs to light UT arena . . .


With the installation this month of LED fixtures, the University of Tennessee's Thompson-Boling Arena will become the first major sports venue to feature lights that are smaller, brighter and up to 85 percent more efficient than conventional arena metal halide lights. The light-emitting diode fixtures developed by Oak Ridge-based LED North America incorporate an Oak Ridge National Laboratory-developed lightweight graphite foam that cools the LED array. This enables 90 400-watt LED fixtures to bathe the arena’s floor with 200 foot-candles per square foot compared to the 130 foot-candles produced by the arena’s existing 110 1,100-watt fixtures. Ultimately, LED North America's SuperSport luminaires could revolutionize sports and entertainment venues worldwide, according to Andrew Wilhelm, president of LED North America.

 -  Ron Walli,  865.576.0226,  February 04, 2014

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