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Meeting all the variables

Spa Electrics, an Australian leader in pool lighting, asked Cobalt to help them develop a new retrofit product to break into US & Canadian markets. Spa’s brief had a catch, the design had to be universal. When all the other competitors required separate models for each type of niche (the enclosure set into a pool wall), this was a challenge we were keen to tackle.

Older generation pool lights use a lot of electricity and require regular maintenance. This has driven a growing market for low-maintenance, high-efficiency LED lights that can retrofit into existing pools. To date, there was no easy, simple solution.

With an unfamiliar market and a large range of pool construction types, designing a universal yet simple solution placed large importance on understanding the installer workflow as well as the logistic and technical realities.

The result is beautifully simple. A design that takes the level of retrofittable lights to a new level of performance and flexibility. The single product can be used in any pool niche with the North American adapter featuring patent-pending CAM-LOCKS which not only allow fitment into obsolete or damaged niches but also eliminates unnecessary parts. A quick-connect cable plug also allows existing cables to be used, dramatically reducing installation time and complexity.

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Design Objectives







The Team We believe good design happens by expert people working as a team.

Libby Christmas Project Leader

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Marcus Krigsman

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Thao Nguyen


Justin Yuan

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Commercial Impact

International Expansion

Installation Costs

Manufacturing Complexity

Market Leader

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