LED technology: A bright idea.
Athletic Business Magazine discussed the benefits of using LED lighting in pool facilities in their July issue and included CEI Architecture’s design of Edmonds Pool and Community Centre as a case study.
Though LED (light-emitting diode) fixtures are about twice the price as incandescent bulbs initially, their superior efficiency and long-term return on investment has spiked popularity. Similarly, LED lights outlast traditional alternatives, cutting replacement and maintenance costs, while also providing new design opportunities.
“Usually what happens is you’re doing backstroke and you’re looking up at the ceiling, and if you have ceiling beams, that’s what people follow to stay inline,” says CEI’s Mary Chow. “We suggested that horizontal bars be dropped down and fitted with LED lights that run parallel to the lanes.” By eliminating the costs associated with changing overhead bulbs, swimmers will now follow an LED-lit path to the finish line.
CEI Architecture also utilized underwater colour-change LED lights in the lap pool, a fun feature to benefit the many youth programs scheduled for the Centre.