Today, I have to rant a bit, sorry. This whole blackout at the Superbowl? One thing I need to set straight, because according to entirely too many people the actual power was out for 34 minutes. Not so. The power was out for maybe ten minutes. What took 34 minutes was letting the lights cool down, then firing them back up, then letting them warm up to full temperature and light output. Then they were also having some trouble getting some of the electronics on the sidelines back up and running. If you’re not familiar with HID lights, look them up. They are used in every arena, stadium, etc. pretty much the world over. They do not turn on and off with a switch. Well, off, yes…but then you have to wait for them to cool down before you can turn them back on again. Once you turn them back on, they take approximately 5-10 minutes to get to full brightness. If you’ve ever attended a sporting event where the house goes dark for the opening and then the lights come back on (usually during the national anthem) slowly before the game starts, you know what I mean.
There. That’s been bugging the crap out of me.
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