Ex-Jet wants to light up lamp again — LED-style
Lukowich says bulbs help game
MORRIS Lukowich would like to help hockey-arena managers around the province see the light. The LED light, that is. The former Winnipeg Jets 1.0 sniper is making his second trip to Manitoba in as many weeks to pitch facility operators about the benefits of overhauling their outdated lighting systems.
During the many hours he spends on the ice running hockey schools or providing individual instruction, he regularly notices uneven lighting on the rink.
Sometimes the fluorescent bulbs are so old, they give off yellow instead of white light.
A couple of years ago, he had two boys run into each other in a shadowy corner of an arena in Calgary, where he lives.
“I went over to see if they were OK, and the one boy said he didn’t see the other boy. I looked up, and three of the lights above us were burned- out,” he said.
Lukowich sought out the rink manager afterwards and was told because it cost $600 to rent a hoist, the lights only got replaced after a certain number had burned out.
Safety is the No. 1 priority at his camps, so when he got the chance to represent Switch Advanced Lighting Solutions shortly after, he jumped at the opportunity.
LED, which stands for light-emitting diode, has been an increasingly popular lighting source in houses for years.
“Why not hockey rinks and other sports facilities?” Lukowich said.
Don’t just take his word for it. Manitoba Hydro offers financial assistance and guidance to arenas looking to install energy- efficient lighting systems through its commercial lighting program.
Spokesman Scott Powell said making the switch to LED lights is a win-win situation for all involved.
“We save energy, which reduces the load on our system and defers the need for another generating station, and our customers save a lot of money on their
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Morris Lukowich says he’s seen LED light bulbs vastly improve visibility in community arenas.