Places for People- Buxton

Energy Savings:62%, Payback Period 2.67 years.

Advanced LEDs and national leisure centre operator Places for People have worked together since 2014 to improve the lighting at a number of sites across the UK. Recently, we were asked to review the light at Buxton Leisure Centre, situated in the Peak District.

The incumbent scheme, which utilised 400W metal halide fittings, was offering unsatisfactory lighting levels of as low as 90 lux as the fittings began to deteriorate after years of service. Underlit swimming pool environments can be potentially dangerous, with low visibility affecting a lifeguard’s ability to monitor swimmers using the pool.

Designing schemes for swimming pools represents a complex challenge. Light reflecting off of the water’s surface can cause hazardous glare for users and lifeguards, representing a safety issue which must be considered and minimised. By aiming lights and reflecting off of walls and ceilings rather than directly at the pool, the light is diffused and glare is vastly reduced. Maintenance of fittings is also costly due to issues with access, so reliable, longest life fittings are essential.

From a technical perspective, harsh swimming pool environments have to be considered when proposing suitable product. At Advanced LEDs we are able to tailor our solutions to the scheme thanks to our JIT production process and customisation core principle. For swimming pool environments such as this one, we supply all of our fittings with 1.452 stainless steel chlorine resistant fixings as standards to prevent harmful corrosion.

A review of the existing scheme revealed that lux levels were as low as 90 lux in some areas of the pool hall, an unsatisfactory level from both a safety and aesthetic perspective. Our scheme picked up from existing fitting points and reflected the light off of the walls, replacing 12x 400W fittings with 170W Clara Flood units to achieve 328 lux, 75% uniformity and a glare rating of 21.8, surpassing Sport England’s recommended 300 lux and 70% uniformity parameters, with a UGR below 25.0.

From a financial standpoint, the upgrade achieves 62% energy savings – equating to a payback period of 2.67 years and annual energy savings of over £1,000. Savings will be even higher once increased maintenance cycles are accounted for.