LEDs are Lighting Up New Orleans Sports Icon

Mercedes-Benz Superdome

The city of New Orleans selected LEDs for lighting the exterior of their iconic sports stadium, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.  The exterior of the home of the NFL’s New Orleans Saints has been refitted with a sparkling new $1.6 million dollar LED system. The system uses more than 26,000 LED lights in 288 fixtures that are capable of reproducing every color of the rainbow on all 96 concave aluminum panels that ring the building’s exterior.

The entire system is expected to draw only 10 kilowatts of electricity when operating in one color. That’s the equivalent amount of energy used by a small home. In addition
to saving money, the move to LEDs will save on replacement bulbs.  Stadium officials
say that they won’t have to replace lights until 2057, even if operated six hours per day, every day of the year.

The new lighting (pictured above) may look familiar. It is similar to the lighting that was used for the first post-9/11 Super Bowl in 2002 and for the 2006 “Monday Night Football” reopening of the Superdome after Hurricane Katrina. Except it is more efficient!