CHARLESTON, W.Va. (WSAZ) -- Major changes are in store for the Charleston Civic Center and the first part of the makeover started with new lighting.
According to a news release, the civic center completed the installation of new state of the art coliseum LED lighting. It is actually the same type of lighting used at this year's Superbowl XLIX.
The civic center replaced 58, 1,000-watt metal halide lamps with with 24,595-watt LED lamps. This will produce a 40-percent energy reduction and officials say this will be a significant financial savings for the civic center.
"We are excited to join the trend of so many sports and entertainment venues in converting to high performing Ephesus LED lighting," Jim Smith, Charleston Civic Center Assistant Manager, said.
Each Ephesus LED light provides a significant increase in illumination compared to traditional metal halide lights like the ones that were originally installed in the Charleston Civic Center Coliseum, according to a news release. LED lighting provides brighter and more uniform light which eliminates shadows on the playing surface, creating a better stage for players and event production as well as for both fans in the stadium and those watching on high-definition television.
The new lights will also be controlled with a flick of a switch. The lights will no longer have to warm up for 20 minutes before the coliseum is lit.