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.
A retrofit solution that could fit all 10” US/Canadian niches regardless of their condition.
Simple installation process for all stakeholders.
Easy care and maintenance process.
Simplified production assembly process.
Robust and durable for any brunt force or wear and tear.
Integration with other Spa Electrics products.
The Team We believe good design happens by expert people working as a team.
Libby Christmas Project Leader
One of the biggest challenges surrounding Retro’s development was the complexity of a universal fit. US/Canadian pool lights differ from Australian ones, coming with unique obstacles that Cobalt needed to address. Overcoming these issues grants Spa Electrics the ability to expand into the US and Canada markets
Generally, the retrofitting of existing or damaged pool lights is usually an involved process, either requiring several callouts, or in worst case scenarios, a reconstruction of the pool itself. Thanks to the immense work the Cobalt team put into adapting existing sample niches, the installation process is much smoother, and more affordable.
Part of this pursuit for a design that is affordable and highly adaptable required the team to minimise the manufacturing complexity. The design team worked hard to reduce the number of parts involved in the product, and reduce assembly times as much as possible.
The success of this product has established the client as a global leader in underwater lighting, after setting a new market benchmark.