Golden Coast success as exclusive distributor of EVA Optic Specialist lighting products within UK wet leisure industry

EVA Optic LED lights are giving swimming pools the wow factor thanks to spectacular colour ranges and music compatibility. In the Netherlands, Dutch manufacturer EVA Optic recently supplied over 200 lights to achieve a show-stopping effect in the Aquafun water park at the Den Bosch Sportiom complex.

Within the facility’s fun pool area, dozens of EVA Optic A6 RGBW and A12 RGBW underwater lights were installed below the surface, while EVA Optic Hydra spotlights and Pendant lights were mounted to illuminate multiple areas.

An easy-to-use DMX control panel allows the lighting to be pre-programmed and at the touch of a button all the lights – above and below the surface – change in time to music.

“The attractions, the audio, the video images on the screen and the RGBW surface and underwater lighting all come together beautifully,” said Project leader Leo Lorijn from contractor Betuwtech. “The RGBW lighting from EVA Optic is clear and promotes visibility, so supervisors can enjoy the bright colours while maintaining proper supervision over the pool and its surroundings.”

In the UK, EVA Optic lights are available exclusively through wet leisure distributor Golden Coast.

“EVA Optic’s RGBW lighting is extremely versatile,” said Shaun Adams, Director at Golden Coast. “Connecting the lights to music means you can turn any pool into a great party area and create amazing effects.”

All EVA Optic lights are made to international safety standards and are built to withstand the aggressive corrosion from airborne chloramines, as well as the punishing heat of the pool environment. This durability means EVA lights maintain their mechanical integrity and aesthetics in the long-term, ensuring minimal maintenance and downtime.  

“EVA Optic is a pioneer when it comes to lighting,” explained Shaun. “Its innovative direct lighting range produces minimal glare and surface reflection when used in pool halls, while delivering powerful, flicker-free light. LED lights are also extremely efficient and use up to 6 times less energy than old technology equivalents thanks to the use of Intelligent Power Control.”

Once fitted, LED lighting lasts years without requiring replacement, meaning minimal maintenance costs, fewer service intervals, and reduced downtime, while ensuring a quicker return on investment often between just 3-5 years.

The lighting can be controlled via a tablet or smartphone. There are standard colour changing programs, and customisable programs and it is even possible to link the lighting control to an audio signal for an immersive audio-visual experience.

“With EVA Optic lighting, leisure facilities are not only able to save thousands on running costs, but they also benefit from high performance lights that stand the test of time,” added Shaun. “Thanks to the impressive flexibility and ingenuity of EVA Optic lights, leisure centre and holiday park owners are able to take their swimming pools to a whole new level and offer customers unique, unforgettable experiences.”

Despite the commercial pool industry’s preference for indirect lighting, Adams discovered it was not obligatory and continued to persevere with direct lighting. In 2016, Golden Coast sold its first direct LED lighting solution, produced by EVA Optic. “I was still a lone voice, but I believed in its potential,” says Adams. Another breakthrough came in 2018, when EVAline direct LED lighting was chosen by renowned Netherlands pool construction company Pellikaan for three projects in the UK.

“It was a bit frustrating for me that it took us so long to get there, but finally it happened,” says Adams. “The projects were a great success, and leisure centres such as Waltham Abbey in Essex, Egham Orbit in Surrey and Andover in Hampshire are now key reference points. It is no longer just me saying how great EVA Optic lights are. There are customers who think the same.” Since then further installations have been undertaken, not just by Pellikaan, and projects under Wates, Willmott Dixon, and Speller Metcalfe now have EVA lighting incorporated in the design.

Even though direct lighting has been used for hundreds of projects around the world, and has proven to be safer, more sustainable and cost-effective, many UK stakeholders still perceive indirect lighting to be the required solution for commercial pool halls. But there are signs of change. Direct lighting is gaining more attention, with more professionals, including architects, M&E consultants and contractors recognising the benefits EVA can bring. This acknowledgement has even resulted in an M&E contractor changing from an indirect scheme and choosing to replace it with EVA due to the significant advantages.

Adams concludes: “It is time to move on from traditional lighting methods. Direct lighting is the solution the UK industry has been missing.”

For more information on the EVA Optic LED collection, visit or call Golden Coast via any of the contact links below:

Tel. 01271 378 100

Alex Clamp

I am the trade content writer for HTR News and I also manage the social media content for HTR News. I'm currently studying a Masters Degree in Occupational Psychology and in my spare time I love music production and DJing at nightclubs and live music scene events. I also enjoy keeping fit and I'm an avid sports fan.