Syracuse's Ephesus Lighting is fast becoming the lighting company of choice for NFL stadiums hosting one of professional sports' biggest events - the Super Bowl.
The company's light-emitting diodes, specially designed for sports stadiums, will illuminate the next three Super Bowls -- Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis in 2018, Super Bown LIII in Atlanta in 2019 and Super Bowl LIV in Miami in 2020.
Its lights were the first LED lights to illuminate a Super Bowl when they were installed at University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, in Glendale, Ariz., prior to Super Bowl XLIX in 2015.
Ephesus President Mike Lorenz said the success of that installation has helped the company sell its product to other NFL venues.
"The NFL and broadcasters have begun to accept the LED technology," he said. "The quality of the lighting is much more compatible with high-definition television."
Ephesus says its LED lights provide many advantages over the metal-halide lights used for more than 50 years at stadiums and arenas. They're up to 75 percent more energy efficient, illuminate the playing surface more uniformly, can be turned on instantly with no warm-up required and are maintenance-free for years, according to the company.
Founded in 2010 by electrical engineer Joe Casper and his wife, Amy, Ephesus employs more than 50 people and recently doubled the size of its office in Barclay Damon Tower in downtown Syracuse.
Eaton Corp., a power management company with $22 billion in annual sales, acquired Ephesus in 2015 but has said it will keep the company in Syracuse.