Monday, March 17, 2014

Dodgers' Secret Weapon: Blue Light Special

Attention, Kmart shoppers! For the Dodgers' trip to Sydney, they're using a blue light special...oh, wait; scratch that. I meant to say, special blue lights:

Light bulbs, not $US215 million pitcher Clayton Kershaw, may be the key to the Los Angeles Dodgers' success in Australia.

The Dodgers have turned to "light therapy" to help prevent their squad of millionaire baseballers from being derailed by jet lag on the 15-hour flight to Sydney.

When the team's charter plane takes off from the US on Monday AEDT it will be fitted with "Awake and Alert" LED lightbulbs with high blue spectrum light to keep players awake for the first four hours of the flight.

The lights will then be switched off, and the dark cabin will allow the players' bodies to naturally prepare for sleep.

When the team arrives in Sydney on Tuesday morning AEDT and they check into their hotel rooms, the light therapy will continue.

"We had somebody who went down to Australia yesterday and they are changing out the lights within the hotel rooms the players are staying in," Sean Tegart, vice president of Florida-based Lighting Science, hired by the Dodgers, told AAP.

Lighting Science has worked with NASA and Harvard University to refine its technology which, through manipulating LED light, has been found to create certain biological effects.

A whole new blue, indeed! Hope it works. After all, I am not expecting any of those special lighting effects for my Australia pilgrimage.