Digital Lumens unveils smart LED lighting system for sports venues


Everyone has seen them: the floodlights of Fenway Park, bright and blinding through windows, seemingly visible from any point in the Commonwealth.

Of course, that artificial daylight is necessary in the park, where players are trying to track the ball and fans are making sure they aren’t spilling their beers. But the brighter the light, the bigger the waste.

Boston-based LED lighting company Digital Lumens thinks it has an answer: LED lights that can be dimmed and independently aimed from a connected touchscreen.

One of the adopters of the new Digital Lumens package is Dartmouth College’s Leverone Field House, which the company said slashed lighting costs by $1,500 per week and reduced energy use by up to 90 percent. The system is also in place in dozens of hockey facilities, some British gyms, and at North Central College in Illinois.

It’s a new way of showcasing Digital Lumens’ core idea of connecting high-efficiency LED lights to a digital communications network, allowing them to be controlled and monitored by software.

“[LED lights] tend to last for a very long time,” said Tom Pincince, CEO of Digital Lumens. “Any LED that gets installed dumb stays dumb for a long time.”

The software for Digital Lumens’ sports stadium product can be programmed to automatically turn on certain lights at certain times of day. It also offers the ability to tailor lighting setups to specific sports — for instance, a tennis button on the control panel could direct the lights out of the player’s eyes as they serve the ball.

Digital Lumens also collects data on power use, energy savings, and other metrics, which can be used to adjust the program.

The sports-stadium package is not entirely centered around giant stadiums with gazillion-watt bulbs, however. “We were hoping to put it together to help the local high school or a small college,” Pincince said. “You make the light smart, and you double or triple savings.”