YMCA of Boise, Idaho Lit Up with LEDs
Aug 6, 2011 For the YMCA in Boise, Idaho, swimming was a gloomy experience--up until Bridgelux and SimplyLEDs stepped in to install custom LED retrofits. The old lights had burnt out, already not fully reflecting much light off the ceilings turned brown by chlorine exposure. "...It was heading toward a safety issue," noted Jim Everett, CEO of the Treasure Valley Family YMCA. To make things worse, the new lighting would have to be low-maintenance, and it would also have to function without tearing out the existing truss system for the lights.
They ultimately decided to install an LED solution on the current fixtures because it would save them considerable money. The design team also added aluminum reflectors to direct the LED light to the pool level. The LEDs installed were also from a company that makes LEDs for aircraft, so that they would be water- and air-tight and capable of lasting in the humid and heavily chlorinated environment. Any wires associated with the lights were wrapped in heat-shrink tubing, with the LEDs themselves containing a heat sink.
The new LEDs have been noticed for the "increased light uniformity" and "reduced glare off the water" that they cast on the water, which helps the previously struggling lifeguards. This new system is estimated to save the organization about $20,000/yr in energy savings alone, though the maintenance cost is also expected to drop $5,000 per year as well.
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