Hawkins Field outfitted with energy-saving LED lights

Hawkins Field, home of Vanderbilt’s national championship baseball team, recently received a makeover for the 2016 baseball season, replacing all existing High-Intensity Discharge (HID) fixtures on the field with fewer Light-Emitting Diode (LED) fixtures. All told, 152 HID fixtures were replaced with 98 LED fixtures, improving light quality on the field but reducing the energy used by 60 percent.

LED fixtures have the advantages of lower energy use, longer lifespan requiring less maintenance, and no warm-up time needed to turn on. Although there are fewer fixtures using less energy, the specific fixtures used at Hawkins Field were specially designed to meet high-definition television (HDTV) and ESPN broadcasting specifications while still allowing Vanderbilt to meet NCAA light-level standards for televised and nontelevised games.

Eaton’s Ephesus Lighting installed the new lighting system with coordination by Vanderbilt University Plant Operations and Vanderbilt University Athletics. An Ephesus system also was installed in Bridgestone Arena for the Nashville Predators and the NHL All-Star games in January 2016.

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Contact: Sustainability and Environmental Management Office, (615) 322-9022