Lighting in Shaw Centre’s Spectator Arena is about to get brighter – and more efficient, thanks in part to Salmon Arm’s success in the Kraft Canada Hockeyville competition.
On Monday, the city took possession of the $50,000 earned in the 2014 Hockeyville challenge for coming in second place in the Western Canada bracket.
After a giant novelty cheque was presented by Hockeyville representative Kathy Colbeck, council approved the money being used in combination with $85,000 from the city’s Climate Action Reserve to refit the Spectator Arena with LED lighting.
Illuminating council on the benefits of the LED technology proposed for the arena, Shuswap Recreation Society general manager Dale Berger said it could be dimmed or turned on instantly; that it would provide about a third more brightness – beneficial for televising events; and that it would result in substantial financial savings in terms of energy use and bulb replacement.
Berger said the LED units have a life expectancy of more than 40 years, while the current bulbs require changing every one to one-and-a-half years.
Other benefits of LED lighting include reduced CO2 emissions, no light degradation and the fact LEDs produce little heat, meaning a reduction in maintenance and refrigeration costs.
Not present at the presentation was Salmon Arm Economic Development Society manager Lana Fitt, who spearheaded the initiative to make Salmon Arm a Hockeyville competitor. Mayor Nancy Cooper and Berger credited her for the work she did in “driving the process.”
Coun. Debbie Cannon encouraged Berger and the recreation society to seek out big events that could benefit from the new lighting system.
Only Coun. Alan Harrison could see a downside to the new LED lighting system.
“Our goalie would often say he couldn’t see the puck. Now we’re just going to have to come up with a different excuse,” joked Harrison.