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!

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It seems like LEDs are in everything these days – backlighting everything from your mobile phone, Apple iPad and flat screen HDTV to traffic lights, light bulbs and even the kitchen sink. But, making LEDs is a complex process that begins with the creation of sapphire. Not the pretty blue gemstone, but large commercial crystals that can weigh as much as 400 lbs. Once these large sapphire crystals are grown into boules and cooled, they’re cut into cores, cut further into flat circular wafers, polished and then used to grow LEDs. About 85 percent of HB-LEDs (high brightness) are grown on sapphire. There’s not that much information out there about the process. This blog is meant to shed some light (excuse the pun) on sapphire, LEDs and the industry that is devoted to making our lives just a little brighter. In the months ahead, we’ll tackle some topics that will help you understand a little more about sapphire and LED industry. Here’s a sample of what we’ll cover in the coming months: • Growing sapphire • For a wafer, size matters • Quality - When sapphire wafers go bad • LED light bulbs • Market & myths • Interviews with industry shining stars • Reports from industry events • Current events in perspective Please join us each week to learn more about sapphire and the LED market. We look forward to seeing you.

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