The Bainbridge Island Metro Parks & Rec District strives to meet the needs of the community by offering a variety of programs and services such as fitness classes, swimming lessons and competitive teams for all ages. Built in 2001, the 360,000 gallon Don Nakata pool includes a 180 foot water slide, lazy river, sloped beach entry, tot pool, water features, toddler frog slide, one and three meter diving board, and four 25-yard lap lanes.

With so many water features covering such a large area, the biggest challenge for the District was the ongoing and ever-increasing maintenance.

The existing Metal Halide lighting system was aging and required more and more attention. With several lights over the pool and the park being required to maintain a safe foot candle level, this existing system was failing them.

The goal was to design a system that would not only meet the required foot candle levels, but also give years of maintenance-free service and energy savings.

Hubbell Lighting was the clear choice of LED solution for the project. The fixture was not only rated for pools but had multiple lumen packages for the challenging sloped ceiling design which made even illumination on the pool deck difficult. Peninsula Electric took on the challenge of the difficult installation and delivered a completed project ahead of schedule and under budget.

This efficiency upgrade resulted in an annual energy savings of 62,800 kWh, giving a 70% reduction in energy consumption and $6,600 in utility cost savings per year. The utility rebate offered by Puget Sound Energy was $12,560, which gave a net cost of only $24,840 and a simple payback over 3.1 years.


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