Skip to comments.Department of Energy BRAGGED About Superdome Lighting Before Blackout
Posted on 02/04/2013 7:51:41 AM PST by opentalk
As the Second Half of yesterday's Super Bowl game was into its second series of downs half the stadium mysteriously lost power and the game had to be delayed almost 40 minutes.
Players on both sides killed time by stretching and passing the ball while commentators talked their way through an outage.
In the end it was some sort of surge which blew a circuit breaker, but the complicated lighting system of the Superdome takes a long time to "reboot."
One interesting part of the story is that on Super Bowl Sunday the Department of Energy posted a story bragging about the energy-saving lighting system used by the New Orleans stadium:
While the Baltimore Ravens and San Francisco 49ers compete to hoist the Vince Lombardi trophy this weekend, eco-friendly fans and city leaders in New Orleans are competing to maximize sustainability practices to the fullest.
To make this the greenest Super Bowl, the New Orleans Host Committee has partnered with fans and the community to offset energy use across the major Super Bowl venues.
The exterior of the Mercedes-Benz Superdome features more than 26,000 LED lights on 96 full-color graphic display panels, designed to wash the building in a spectrum of animated colors, patterns and images. The system draws only 10 kilowatts of electricity -- equivalent to the amount of energy used by a small home -- and the lights are expected to last for many years before needing replacement.
In Before the “Johnny From Airplane!” pic.
Didn’t you hear? It wuz the Republicans’ fault.
They failed to let Ubanga “update the grid” or something...
Tweet from DOE... Learn how #SuperBowl host city embraces #energy efficiency on & off the football field go.usa.gov/4PCm
11:03 PM - 03 Feb 13
I heard it was the Chinese hacking the system...but we’ll never be told that
Still scratching my head trying to figure out what happened at halftime....
It felt like I was skeet shooting with zero...
I think Beyonce’s show blew the power
I wish it would have happened at half time. I couldn’t bear to watch more than a couple minutes of it. What I couldn’t understand is ‘if LED lights are used, why did they take 35 minutes to reboot?’ I have no doubt that the superdome lighting was energy efficient; a light bulb, no matter what kind, is most efficient when it is turned off.
I think it was the burlesque show at halftime that caused the problem in the first place.
Not exactly...Beyonce's flashing of the Illuminati symbol during the show pissed off our secretive masters who immediately ordered Obama to turn off the power as a warning to potential future mutineers. The delay from the time the symbol was flashed till the actual power outage was caused by normal bureaucratic incompetance. < /tinfoil >
What held up the game was not the lighting. There was plenty of light to play by.
What held up the game was that a bunch of CBS cameras and audio source were also affected