Musco Lighting

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Musco Sports Lighting, LLC
GenreSports lighting, mobile lighting, motion picture lighting, event lighting, and industrial lighting
FounderJoe Crookham and Myron Gordin
HeadquartersOskaloosa, Iowa, United States
Area served

Musco Lighting is a privately owned, American company that specializes in the design and manufacture of sports and large area lighting systems. Based out of Oskaloosa, Iowa, Musco is responsible for lighting a full range of sports facilities, from Daytona International Speedway[1] and Emirates Stadium,[2] to thousands of Little League[3] fields worldwide. In addition to lighting both Mount Rushmore National Memorial and the Statue of Liberty, it also provides lighting systems for large industrial areas, such as DP World Jebel Ali Port Terminal 1 and Georgia Ports Authority's Garden City Terminal.[4] Musco has also won an Academy Award[5] and an Emmy Award.[6]

Musco stadium lighting installation


Musco Lighting was founded by Joe Crookham, a lawyer, and Myron Gordin, an engineer. Together in 1968 they founded a startup business venture named G&L Industries which manufactured products that were sold under their customer's brand names. In 1976, Joe and Myron purchased the Muscatine Lighting and Manufacturing Company in Muscatine, Iowa, which marked the start of Musco Lighting. A year later in 1977, the company released the Sports Cluster® system. This development featured fixtures that were mounted on metal cross arms, rather than the standard wooden ones, simplifying installation and improving reliability. By 1979, through research and development, the company introduced factory luminaire aiming, as well as the remote ballast, simplifying maintenance by placing electrical components in a service box near the base of the pole.

Musco would enter the movie industry in 1983, when they provided lighting for All the Right Moves,[7] a Tom Cruise film. Musco continued to light large sporting events, including the 1983 Super Bowl, followed by the 1984 Olympic Games taking place in Los Angeles. They also marketed to small baseball parks across the US by designing a four-pole light system for Little League fields. The second half of the 1980s consisted of Musco lighting the rededication ceremony for the Statue of Liberty,[8] providing on-screen lighting for the film "Field of Dreams"[9] and several others, and introducing several new products including SportsCluster-2®, Level-8™, and Total Light Control™ (TLC).

The following year Musco was contracted to light the first Little League World Series[10] to be played at night at Lamade Stadium. After this World Series, the company would go on to become the Official Sports-Lighting System of Little League Baseball and partner to create A Safety Awareness Program™ (ASAP) to improve safety in Little League. Musco moved into a new area of sports lighting by developing Mirtran™ (ground level mirror lighting technology) to meet the criteria for lighting NASCAR tracks. Charlotte Motor Speedway was the first to receive this new technology in 1992 for "one hot night", a part of the 1992 Winston Cup. This design would be used at the Daytona International Speedway. Musco made their first major lighting installation in Europe by implementing its lighting system at Dunstall Park, in England. The final year of the decade saw a major innovation in regards to facility management with Control-Link, a wireless control system based on internet technologies that provide facility managers the ability to control their sports-lighting remotely.

Musco expanded in 2002 both internationally by opening production facilities in China and South Korea, and domestically by placing regionally based lighting technicians to service customers in the US.[11] In 2005, Musco introduced Musco's Light-Structure Green™ system and the Musco Constant 25™, a 25-year warranty and maintenance program. The White House was Musco's first outdoor application with the technology[citation needed]. Additionally, in 2008 Musco brought light to the Losail International Circuit, one the world's largest lighting projects, along with the Yas Marina Circuit in 2009.


In 2010, Musco was presented with one of its largest projects to date, lighting the East Span of the San Francisco Bay Bridge. After three years of development and testing, Musco had a design that met the performance and aesthetic requirements for the bridge. This design featured more than 51,500 LEDs in 1,600 light fixtures; all strategically aimed to highlight the bridge without shining light in the eyes of the 300,000 daily drivers.[12] The new LED system reduced energy consumption by 50 percent when compared to typical metal halide lighting. Since lighting the White House in 2008, Musco has installed its LED systems into some of the world's largest sports complexes and facilities. In 2013, Musco installed LED lights at Arizona State University's Wells Fargo Arena,[13] making them the first in all of NCAA basketball. The following year, LakePoint Sporting Community placed its fields under Musco's Light-Structure Green™ LED system, allowing them to be the first major sports complex in the world to do so.[14] Musco also installed its system at NRG Stadium, making it one of the first NFL stadiums to be lit with LED technology,[15] and at Twickenham Stadium, one of the first in Europe, for the Rugby World Cup being held in England. Additionally, Musco's SportsCluster Green™ LED system can be seen at work in the Dallas Cowboys’ AT&T Stadium. In 2015, Musco took on the unique and challenging task of providing LED lighting for both the Statue of Liberty[16] and Mount Rushmore, two of the United States’ iconic landmarks. Musco's latest projects of scale include Emirates Stadium, home of Arsenal F.C., Petco Park of the San Diego Padres,[17] and Minute Maid Park, home of the Houston Astros.[18] Musco currently has offices located all around the globe, including Australia, Canada, China, Cyprus, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Jordan, South Africa, South Korea, UAE, United Kingdom, and the United States.


  1. ^ "Lighting Daytona Is a Massive Undertaking". Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  2. ^ Group, Arsenal Media. "Arsenal to install new floodlights". Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  3. ^ "Musco Sports Lighting". Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  4. ^ "Musco Lights-Up Garden City Terminal". Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  5. ^ "Musco plans $15 million expansion". Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  6. ^ "Joe Crookham | American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration". Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  7. ^ ""MUSCO LIGHTING FOR All the Right Moves" by Chase, Donald - American Cinematographer, Vol. 64, Issue 8, August 1983 | Online Research Library: Questia". Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  8. ^ "New LED Lighting System Will Illuminate Statue of Liberty July 7 – Statue Of Liberty National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)". Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  9. ^ Robinson, Phil Alden (1989-05-05), Field of Dreams, retrieved 2016-07-21
  10. ^ "Little League Chronology". Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  11. ^ "Musco plans $15 million expansion". Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  12. ^ "Cree and Musco light Bay Bridge with LEDs, Musco wins sports complex project". Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  13. ^ "Wells Fargo Arena – First LED Lit D1, FBS Athletic Facility". 2015-03-26. Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  14. ^ "$1B LakePoint Sporting Destination Comes to Life • LakePoint Sports". 2014-11-26. Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  15. ^ "Sports stadiums embrace the advantages of LED lights". Washington Post. Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  16. ^ "Statue of Liberty lights up with LEDs". Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  17. ^ "San Diego Padres Install LED Sports Lighting in Petco Park | Electronics360". Retrieved 2016-07-21.
  18. ^ "Houston Astros Get Musco's LED Lighting – Solid State Lighting Design". 2016-03-07. Retrieved 2016-07-21.

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