Support gains top marks

Golden Coast has received top marks after the newly built £20million White Oak Leisure Centre in Swanley joined a growing group of facilities that have benefitted from innovative direct LED lighting from EVA Optic.

Contractor TClarke was responsible for the mechanical and electrical installation at White Oak and TClarke Project Engineer Rob Woodward revealed that the EVA lighting, which is supplied in the UK by hot tub and pool product distributor and SPATEX 2023 exhibitor Golden Coast, now provides excellent results after being easy to install.

A number of LED lights were fitted, including 34 60w 117cm EVAline linear lights around the perimeter of the 25-metre, 6-lane swimming pool. Around the adjacent learner pool, 10 60W 233cm EVAline linear lights were fitted, along with 5 EVA Optic downlights.

Unlike indirect lighting, EVA Optic direct LED lighting is positioned overhead shining down over the water, producing minimal glare and surface reflection. This allows greater visibility into the water for swimmers and lifeguards, and ensures a safer pool environment.

EVA Optic LED lighting is extremely powerful, with the main pool at White Oak achieving an average lux of 313 and uniformity of 0.84. The learner pool had an average lux of 420 with a uniformity of 0.6.

“I hadn’t used EVA lighting before, but it had an excellent reputation and had been recommended for this project,” reported Rob Woodward.

“The most impressive thing for our team was how easy the EVA LED lighting is to install. It’s all very user friendly. It was far quicker and easier than installing larger indirect lights.

“The EVA Optic lights are very good, and the support we received from Golden Coast was 10 out of 10. I have already recommended them to my colleagues around the country.” 

Shaun Adams of Golden Coast highlighted that EVAline is a modular LED line system, made from clear anodized aluminium, and that a base module is connected to the ceiling, and a light module is connected to the base at any spot where light is needed.

“Because of this flexibility, EVAline is suitable for most locations and can be easily configured to the site’s requirements,” explained Shaun.

“EVA Optic LED lighting is long lasting too, as it is designed to cope with the heat and chloramines within a pool environment. So not only is it easy to install, it’s also low maintenance with a lifespan of over 50,000 hours. For the leisure centre, this means lower running and repair costs. 

“Importantly, EVA Optic lighting offers constant light output and flicker-free illumination, so it is easier to see into the water. By comparison, indirect lighting, which is traditionally used in pool halls, can be overpowering with large spots on the water. It’s small wonder that an increasing number of leisure centres around the UK are making the switch to more efficient, effective direct LED lighting.”