As part of the Carbon Management Programme, the council's energy conservation team has installed low-energy LED lighting in Whitchurch Swimming Centre.
Energy savings and carbon emission reductions
This project involved replacing the existing 250W sodium lamps with 120W LED lamps, saving an estimated 50% on the cost of lighting the main swimming pool area.
Early estimates suggest that this project alone has saved 10% of the total electricity costs for the building. This equates to an approximate saving of 6.2 tonnes of CO2 per year. Details of these savings can be found on the graph below.
Further savings are forecast from projects to install variable speed drives and a liquid pool cover. More detailed information on these will become available in the near future.
Quality of light
The new LED fittings not only allow significant energy savings, but also provide a different type of light. The brighter and whiter light allows a wider spectrum of colours to be seen, which makes for a safer and more pleasant environment.
Visitors to the centre were largely pleased with the new lighting, commenting;
- “Water appears clearer when swimming”
- “Makes the pool look fantastic”
- “Love it much much much better!”
However some customers did state that they;
- “Need to get used to them”
- “would prefer pink (it hides the wrinkles)!”
For further information on the project please contact;
The Energy Conservation Team