Bright Savings, Better Fan Experience Ahead At Arena


(Binghamton, NY) –New York State Senator Tom Libous and Broome County Executive Debbie Preston today announced plans for new energy-efficient lighting fixtures, funded by the recent $500,000 award from the New York State Regional Economic Development Councils. The project will save energy costs, reduce energy usage, and improve the quality of lighting inside the Arena.
The new lighting system will drastically improve overall lighting quality in the nearly 40-year-old facility, eliminating shadows on the ice during Binghamton Senators Hockey games, and making the Arena a more attractive venue.
"Updating the Arena to be more energy-efficient while saving taxpayers' money is a win-win for our community," said Senator Tom Libous. "It will also make attending live events an even better experience for our families."
“We are always looking at recurring savings and the new LED lights at the Arena will bring substantial savings to Broome County,” said County Executive Debbie Preston. “The LED lights are especially important as we continue to examine energy costs and usage-levels in all County facilities.”
Energy savings factored with maintenance and operations savings are expected to save the Arena $582,000 over 10 years.
The 131 current metal halide lights will be replaced by 105 LED fixtures, which use 75% less energy. The LED lighting system is better quality light, and is easier and safer for employees to operate.
“The new lighting system will be operated digitally, and can be turned on instantly,” said Arena Manager Anthony Capozzi. “The current, outdated lights last for only one or two years, the new LED lights will last for up to ten years.”
Metal halide lights have been used at the Arena since its inception in 1973. In 2002 the Arena transitioned from 1000 watt to 400 watt halide lights as energy and lighting options evolved.
The new lighting system is expected to be installed in 2013.


12/20/2012 - 3:42pm