The Hawkes Bay Aquatic Centre, located in Hastings, New Zealand, underwent a major redevelopment in 2019. The facility, which includes a 50m swimming pool, a learners pool, a hydrotherapy pool, and various other amenities, required an upgrade to its lighting system. The aim was to improve energy efficiency and provide better lighting for swimmers and staff.
The main challenge for this project was to create a lighting solution that could meet the facility's diverse needs. The lighting is needed to provide excellent visibility, with high light levels and low glare for swimmers, and maintain a comfortable and safe environment by angling luminaires to minimise reflections off the water while meeting strict energy efficiency requirements. A chlorinated environment is also challenging as specific powder coats and materials are needed for the luminaire to ensure a long lifespan.
SOLUTION & RESULT
The proposed solution included the installation of energy-efficient LED ewo R system luminaires that could be controlled remotely. These fixtures were placed strategically to provide optimal visibility and minimise glare and visual noise. This provides optimal visibility for swimmers, coaches, and staff, creating a safer environment for all. The remote control feature allows the staff to adjust the lighting levels as needed, and the installation of sensors can detect the natural light levels in the facility and adjust the artificial lighting levels accordingly. This makes creating the ideal lighting environment for different activities and events easy and reduces energy consumption. Also, LED lighting fixtures have a longer lifespan than traditional lighting fixtures, with a 10-year warranty, reducing maintenance costs.
The Hawkes Bay Aquatic Centre is now equipped with a state-of-the-art lighting system that will provide benefits for years to come.