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Stadia speaks to Martin Professional’s Tony Perez about creating dynamic lighting for stadia, while keeping sustainability and cost efficiency in mind

 

Martin Professional has just hit its 25-year anniversary. Since its foundation in 1987 in Aarhus, Denmark, the company has grown into a leading provider of dynamic lighting solutions for the entertainment, architectural, and commercial sectors.

“We’re one of the first automated moving light manufacturers,” reveals Tony Perez, project sales manager at the company’s Florida-based office. “Over the past 25 years, we have worked in many stadia and arenas around the world but more so on the production side – not so much in permanent installations. This means that although many stadia and arenas already use our technology and our work is well known, our company brand is often overlooked.”

“In the past few years, the technology in this sector has really developed,” Perez continues, “and the biggest trend that we are seeing at the moment is a huge shift in energy consumption.” Martin Professional specialises in LED-based solutions, which are currently considered to be the most efficient and cost-effective, in addition to being powerful, durable and decorative light sources.

“We recently completed a very successful project at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in Louisiana,” Perez details. “The Superdome officials wanted an economical way to illuminate the venue and change the landscape of Louisiana. To achieve this, we installed 288 of our Exterior 410 lighting fixtures, which have the capability to produce 5,300 lumens, RGBW colour mixing, and only use 139W.” The lighting fixtures enable Superdome officials to illuminate the venue with a full spectrum of colours, patterns and images, in the most cost-effective and environmentally conscious way possible. “Before this project, this kind of energy efficiency in dynamic lighting was previously unheard of.


“Our lighting design partners are becoming increasingly focused on energy-efficient solutions, not only in the stadium and arena segment, but in all the segments that we work in,” Perez says. “Our first real breakthrough was the Superdome.”

The four quadrants of the Superdome’s exterior also feature Martin Professional Exterior 1200 image projectors – powerful 1,200W luminaires designed to project colourful animated images and effects.

“The Superdome was a very successful project for us,” Perez asserts. Others are clearly of the same opinion – readers of US-based Live Design magazine, for instance, recently selected the Superdome as an ‘Excellence in Live Design Award’ winner.

And last year, in addition to the Superdome, Martin Professional installed dynamic lighting systems at the Tampa Bay Times Forum in Tampa (home of the Tampa Bay Lightning) and the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami (home of the Miami Heat). The company also completed a refurbishment of the Bank Atlantic Center, home of the Florida Panthers from the National Hockey League. “We are in negotiations with them to do further work next year when the season has ended,” Perez adds.

Looking ahead, Martin Professional has a number of exciting projects in the pipeline, which Perez says are “top secret” for the moment. But Martin Professional’s 25th year is also the year that its LED-based products total more than 50% of its total sales, indicating that the next quarter-century will be as ‘bright’ for the company as its first.

For more information about what Martin Professional can do for your stadium or arena, log on to www.martin.com or email tony.perez@martinpro.com

 

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