Ex-Jet wants to light up lamp again — LED-style

Lukowich says bulbs help game

Winnipeg Free Press - SundayXtra - - FRONT PAGE - By Ge­off Kir­byson

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

DAVID LIPNOWSKI / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

A car is badly man­gled, wedged between a stair­case lead­ing to the pedes­trian bridge and a guardrail on the on-ramp of the Dis­raeli Free­way Satur­day af­ter­noon. Po­lice shut down two north­bound lanes between Henry Av­enue and Ar­gyle Street, snarling traf­fic in the area. Two adults were taken to hos­pi­tal and were in sta­ble con­di­tion. No cause was re­ported Satur­day.

BORIS MINKEVICH / WIN­NIPEG FREE PRESS

Mor­ris Lukowich says he’s seen LED light bulbs vastly im­prove vis­i­bil­ity in com­mu­nity are­nas.

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