Why Are LEDs the Best Option for Your Pool Lighting?

2 days 22 hours ago

Finally, the cold part of the year is done with and the summer is just around the corner. Chances are that if you have a swimming pool, you have already opened it for the season. Even if you haven’t, you are probably getting ready to do so.

There are many things to check in a pool before you can safely start using it for the season, like the quality of water, the heaters, the filters, etc. One of the things which gets far less attention is your pools lighting. If you want to use your pool at night, and let’s be honest, who doesn’t, you will need some lights in the water. Pool builders and professionals like So Cal Custom Pools and Spas recommend the LED option, and here’s why.

They Require Very Little Maintenance

There are a lot of things you need to think about when you have a pool in your back yard. So, if there is an option to get one of those concerns out of the picture, why wouldn’t you take it? LED fixtures are really easy to install and replace if necessary.

They Are Very Durable

What’s more, LEDs tend to last a lot longer than any other lighting option, meaning that you won’t have to worry about replacing your LEDs any time soon. Good LEDs can last for as many as 50 000 hours, which can be more than 10 years, even if you leave them on for extended periods of time.

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Sora Data Centre / Shaw Architect

2 days 23 hours ago
Courtesy of Shaw Architect Courtesy of Shaw Architect
  • Architects: Shaw Architect
  • Location: Persiaran Apec, Cyberjaya, 63000 Cyberjaya, Selangor, Malaysia
  • Principal Architect: Ho Shaw Chin
  • Area: 5094.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2017
  • Photographs: H. Lin Ho, Leang Wai Loon
  • Data Center Consultant: C2 Consult Sdn Bhd
  • C+S Engineers: RS Elite Consult Sdn Bhd/ MOK Consulting Engineers Sdn Bhd
  • M+E Engineer: D&O Konsultant Sdn Bhd
  • Contractor: Nakano Construction Sdn Bhd
  • Building Owner: NTT MSC Sdn Bhd
© Leang Wai Loon © Leang Wai Loon

Sora

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Dürr Systems Headquarters Facility / SmithGroupJJR

3 days ago
© Justin Maconochie © Justin Maconochie
  • Architects: SmithGroupJJR
  • Location: Southfield, MI, United States
  • Lead Architects: Andrew Mannion, OAA (Project Designer) and Paul Locher, AIA (Project Architect)
  • Area: 192000.0 ft2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Justin Maconochie, Liam Frederick
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Snøhetta

3 days 1 hour ago
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The Spark Snøhetta On behalf of real estate developer MIRIS and in collaboration Skanska, Asplan Viak and Nokia, Snøhetta has designed The Spark, a sustainable data center concept that fuels connected Power Cities with energy from its excess heat. The collaboration strives to transform this high energy-consuming typology into an energy-producing resource for communities to … Continue reading Snøhetta
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Chrome Master: Gleaming Metallic Street Art by Puerto Rican Pro Bik Ismo

3 days 2 hours ago
[ By SA Rogers in Art & Street Art & Graffiti. ]

As striking and skillfully painted as each one of Bik Ismo’s chrome murals are, the coolest part might just be peering into each one and trying to discern what’s in its reflection. It might just be a wisp of sky or what looks like the interior of an art studio, but at other times, you can spy mysterious figures, strange architecture and other scenes, or a glimpse of the artist himself. The layers of depth in each piece are pretty incredible.

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Fusion House / Dankor Architecture

3 days 2 hours ago
© Dan Korman © Dan Korman
  • Architects: Dankor Architecture
  • Location: Melbourne, Australia
  • Lead Architects: Dan Korman
  • Builder: Ecost Design Construct
  • Structural Engineer: David Landy Engineers
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Dan Korman
© Dan Korman © Dan Korman

Text description provided by the architects. The overall feeling of the house is dynamic movement – the façade is on a steep angle slicing into the existing dwelling and pulling away from the original building. The idea behind the proposed three bedroom extension to a single story 1970s single story brick dwelling, was to embrace the original design while simultaneously creating a bold new, contemporary, form. We wanted to create a tension between the ‘old’ existing condition and proposed ‘new’ addition.

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Marc Koehler

3 days 4 hours ago
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Superlofts Blok Y . Utrecht Marc Koehler Architects (MKA) Superlofts Blok Y, a cooperative housing project in Utrecht designed by Marc Koehler Architects, wins the Private Housing category of the 2018 Royal Institute of Dutch Architects (BNA) award for Building of the Year. Designed as an Open Building, Superloft Blok Y forms part of the … Continue reading Marc Koehler
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Orion Federal Credit / archimania

3 days 4 hours ago
© Hank Mardukas © Hank Mardukas
  • Architects: archimania
  • Location: Memphis, TN, United States
  • Area: 4237.0 m2
  • Project Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Hank Mardukas
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Premio Texto de Investigación Foro Cerámico Hispalyt

3 days 5 hours ago

Cubanacán. Escuela de Artes Plásticas. Ricardo Porro. Fotografía: María José Pizarro y Óscar Rueda.

La promoción del conocimiento y la reflexión sobre los materiales cerámicos han motivado la creación del Premio TFG/Texto de investigación del foro Cerámico Hispalyt que ya celebra su tercera edición. En esta ocasión el jurado ha estado compuesto por los arquitectos José Manuel López-Peláez y Juan Ignacio Mera, además de Enrique Sanz, director de la revista conarquitectura y Pedro Rognoni, presidente de la Sección de Ladrillos Cara Vista de Hispalyt, promotora de este Concurso.

El Jurado decidió otorgar un Primer Premio y un Segundo Premio, ambos dotados con 500 €, además de dos menciones sin dotación económica, a los siguientes textos:

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These Competition-Winning Drawings Explore the Meaning of Island Utopias

3 days 5 hours ago
Bankgkok Domestic Tastes / Antonio Bernacchi and Alicia Lazzaroni. Image © Antonio Bernacchi and Alicia Lazzaroni Bankgkok Domestic Tastes / Antonio Bernacchi and Alicia Lazzaroni. Image © Antonio Bernacchi and Alicia Lazzaroni

Architectural print studio Desplans in collaboration with Library Illustrazioni have published the results of their architectural drawing competition titled “The Island: Between Utopia and Metaphor for Reality.” The competition asked participants to submit drawings and text interpreting the meaning of islands and utopias, considering “the double value inherent in the utopia” between aspiration and limitation.

The entries were judged by a jury of figures from Library and Desplans, with one winner and 12 honorable mentions selected. The winning entries were chosen with attention given to the relevance of the theme, dialogue between text and image, graphic research, and quality of reflection.

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Storefront's Empty Bookshelves

3 days 6 hours ago
I'm still swamped with the AIA Conference on Architecture being in town this week, so here's something to tide people over until I'm able to post about it or something else. Here are some photos from the opening of Architecture Books – Yet to be Written at the Storefront for Art and Architecture. Exhibition design is by Abruzzo Bodziak Architects and Pentagram.

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Snøhetta Designs Sustainable Data Center as "The Body and Brain of Future Cities"

3 days 7 hours ago
Courtesy of Snøhetta/Plompmozes Courtesy of Snøhetta/Plompmozes

Snøhetta has released images of its proposed sustainable data center concept, named “The Spark.” The project seeks to address the typical high-energy-consuming typology of the data center, transforming it into an “energy-producing resource for communities to generate their own power.”

The proposal is adaptable for a wide range of contexts and can be scaled for any location around the world, fueling connected cities with energy from the center’s excess heat.

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