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Sabres, Eaton team up to enhance fan experience

by Public Relations / Buffalo Sabres

The Buffalo Sabres have collaborated with power management company Eaton to upgrade KeyBank Center's lighting display with Eaton's advanced Ephesus LED sports lighting and controls system. The LED system greatly enhances the spectator viewing experience with industry-leading controls functions that also reduce energy use by as much as 75 percent. 

"We've seen firsthand how Eaton's Ephesus sports LED lighting system can improve visibility both on the ice and in the arena bowl," said Michael Gilbert, the Buffalo Sabres vice president of administration. "Implementing this industry-leading system for KeyBank Center will allow us to continue to provide a world-class venue for both players and fans."

The new solid-state lighting system features Ephesus Arena Pro luminaires with color temperature tuning capabilities and a wired DMX control system that interfaces with the arena's existing control system. It is the only LED system with 100 percent dimming capabilities. 

Despite installing significantly fewer fixtures than the previous lighting system, Eaton's Ephesus sports lighting provides optimal lighting that illuminates more uniformly on the playing surface, creating an improved stage for players and fans watching in-person and at-home on high-definition television. The Ephesus LED system is easy to install, virtually maintenance-free for years and offers the lowest total operating costs compared to other traditional sports lighting systems. 

"Since we installed the first solid-state lighting system in a North American sports arena, facility operators have come to understand that Eaton's digital lighting solutions create an enhanced stage for fans and performers," said Mike Lorenz, president, Eaton's Ephesus Lighting business. "As in many other hockey venues that our products are illuminating, we are confident that Sabres fans, broadcasters, players and even their opponents will see the game better with our industry-leading digital lighting and controls system."

This Ephesus solution continues the rapid acceptance of LED lighting at sports and entertainment venues of all sizes across North America. Hundreds of facilities have made the switch to Eaton's LED sports lighting system including the University of Phoenix Stadium (Arizona Cardinals); U.S. Bank Stadium (Minnesota Vikings); Bridgestone Arena (Nashville Predators); Globe Life Park (Texas Rangers) and many more. 

About Eaton:
Eaton is a power management company with 2015 sales of $20.9 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 96,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit

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