Duration Of Super Bowl XLVII Power Outage Might’ve Been Halved With Instant-On LED Lighting.

Super Bowl power outageSuper Bowl XLVII Checklist
Ravens and 49ers – check.
Fans – check.
Backup power supply – check.
In case of outage, restoring full brightness to HID lighting – 15 minutes!

The power outage during Super Bowl XLVII in some ways overshadowed the game itself. It allowed me to make a beer run that I might not have made otherwise and some claim it changed the course of the game. With everything in place, including a backup power system, why did it take 34 minutes to restart the game? According to a guest post on Greentech Media, “Superbowl Power Outage Shines a Bad Light On HID Lighting,” half of the delay can be attributed to energy inefficient, slow-to-full-power high-intensity discharge (HID) based lighting. From the article:

“HID are not energy efficient. The light output from an HID lamp degrades quickly, with each fixture giving out less light for the same power consumed.

What many didn’t pick up last night is the fact that even with power restored HID systems take 10 to 15 minutes just to come to full light output – or roughly half of last night’s downtime.”

Based on what happened during Super Bowl XLVII, we’ll see if sports stadiums migrate over to more energy efficient, longer-lasting and instant-on LED lighting. The Superdome does have 26,000 LED lights but unfortunately for Super Bowl XLVII – they’re installed on the outside of the stadium. [Greentech Media]

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When The Power Goes Out, Briefcase-Sized Sugoi Battery From Japan Can Keep The Fridge Going.

Sugoi Battery Portable Power BackupWho wouldn’t want a Sugoi Battery? The 5.5 lbs Sugoi Battery is a 75,000 mAh portable backup lithium battery ($467) that can keep your refrigerator going for up to 7.8 hours (smaller Japanese fridge?). Sugoi Battery is also working on an adapter so you can use it to charge up to 16 mobile devices at one time. In addition to the lithium battery version, Sugoi Battery has a more affordable ($121) old-school lead acid version that holds 12,900mAh of power.

The Sugoi Battery has 5 power outputs (including 2 USB) and can be recharged via standard power outlet, solar or through your car’s lighter port. Not sure if the Sugoi Battery is available in the US but if works to its translated specs, it would definitely have a market in homes where using a diesel/gas generator is not an option… and even in homes where a generator is an option. [RocketNews24]

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