Despite the advantages of LED lighting, professional sports organizations have resisted switching to LED for fears that it would affect the quality of the image on the TV. This year, however, the Super Bowl is being held at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ - a facility lit with LED fixtures.
The concern, up until now, has been that filming at high shutter speeds produces a flickering effect on the end product. This is caused because a high speed shutter will capture the light-waves at different points in its trajectory, something that the human eye cannot capture. Most slow motion shots are done in daylight or under tungsten lighting. Recent developments in LED technology, however, have made it possible to take advantage of the many benefits of LED lighting.
With the flickering resolved, we will now see a considerably more uniform lighting which will reduce the shadows on the playing field making for a crisper image on our HDTVs.
For a major production such as the Super Bowl the energy costs are certainly a factor, but the Super Bowl only comes once a year. What about professional and collegiate arenas that may have some sort of event - whether it be sporting or entertainment - every weekend? The decreased energy consumption of LED fixtures will be a boon to organizations throughout the country. Even high schools can benefit from LED lighting, some high schools use their inefficient lighting every night during the school year for practices or games.
LED will soon be the norm in high output applications, and we are proud to be at the forefront!