Underwater and pool deck lighting is an important safety measure and South Carolina DHEC requirement, one that hotel and Myrtle Beach rental property managers know well. But effective poolscape lighting can also create a seductive mood and improve your property's brand and image, attracting guests to your resort or rental property.
You've likely seen images of a luxury hotel poolscape at night: a perfectly clean and empty pool, transluscent aqua blue water lit with LED and fiber-optics, surrounded by smart architectural lighting on the pool deck. It's a familiar shot, but one that works so well, in fact, that there are architectural photographers specializing exclusively in pool photography.
These types of lit-pool scenes are effective because they do more than showcase a feature of the hotel or property; they make a promise of luxury, tranquility, and relaxation. Lighting psychology (yes, this is a real field) examines how lighting stimuli affect our mood. It is especially important in hospitality, but it used effectively in any situation where you want to persuade and positively affect a subject. Pool lighting and strong photography and marketing can lead to higher conversion rates and greater guest satisfaction.
John Flynn, one of the pioneers or lighting psychology found that "architectural lighting plays a much more significant role in the human experience than simply as an enabler of task performance." Essentially, the pool lighting is much more important to guest satisfaction than allowing them to see where they are swimming and walk around the pool without tripping.
Underwater and swimming pool architectural lighting options are available for all budgets, and new developments in LED and fiber optics have transformed what is possible. From in-deck fiber optics to color-lighted arched streams of water, modern lighting solutions are dynamic visual displays that can capture attention and transport guests to a state outside of the ordinary. In short, your pool lighting makes good on the promise to offer a true vacation from the commonplace of guests' everyday lives.
Additionally, modern pool lighting is fully customizable via smart lighting tools. Adjust brightness, color and display patterns remotely with fully wireless control. The daytime poolside can gradually change to a calming blue with dancing shadows ready for evening entertaining when your system's sensor detects decreasing ambient light levels.
Cooper Mechanical Services has been serving Myrtle Beach and Grand Strand resorts and hotels since 1989. Our electrical team is licensed to bid on projects of all sizes, and our lighting experts are well-versed in the options available to commercial properties looking to enhance their brand with smart lighting solutions. We know how important lighting psychology is because we are just as captivated by elegant poolscape lighting as your guests and visitors.
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It's been a scorcher of a week in Myrtle Beach, and Grand Strand hotels and rentals are packed with visitors. In 2016 our area had nearly 18 million visitors, a record high. While some predict less tourists this year due to recent violent incidents in the city, there is evidence that bookings in nearby Surfside Beach is increasing.
Given the extreme heat of our region, providing access to a recreational swimming pool is practically a necessity. Not only do hotels market their pools to help convert potential guests, but housing developments and local builders use neighborhood and community pools as desirable community amenities. From public swimming pools to indoor and outdoor waterparks, South Carolina requires you meet basic visibility and lighting standards
It is a South Carolina Department of Health and Environment Control (DHEC) requirement that public pools open for dusk or night swimming have proper lighting. According to the document on pool regulations (Regulation 61-51), "Artificial lighting must be provided at all public swimming pools which are to be used at night or which do not have adequate natural lighting so that all portions of the pool, including the bottom, may be readily seen without glare."
This requirement is a safety feature. High visibility is important should a swimming hazard be present or recreational accident occur. The illumination requirement extends to both underwater and area lighting.
SCDHEC provides some guidelines for the types of lighting to be used underwater.
1. No less than 0.5 watts of incandescent or 8.35 lumens must be provided per square foot of pool.
2. Underwater lights must be positioned so all portions of the pool are clearly visible, including the bottom.
3. Fiber-optic lighting may be installed as a supplement to the lighting requirements above.
5. Colored lighting that does not meet the wattage or lumens minimum above cannot be used.
Equally as important as underwater lighting is providing sufficient light to the area around the pool. There are many options in terms of lighting types and design, but again, SCDHEC has some basic guidelines for area lighting, including:
1. Uniform lighting for the deck area with at least 10 foot candles of intensity or not less than 0.6 watts of incandescence (or 10 lumens) per square foot.
2. Light fixtures within the pool area must be protected by a non-breakable lens.
Regulation 61-51 continues to provide rules for wiring, a topic best explored in another post.
Cooper Mechanical Services has been working with hotels, condos, homeownership associations, and rental properties in the Myrtle Beach area for nearly 30 years. Our professional lighting and electrical team is well-equipped to make sure your swimming pool lighting is both attractive and up-to-code. Whether you are looking for replacement lighting, upgrades, or installing for the first time, we are ready to make your pool shine day and night.
Data centers are the back bone of modern business. Managing and supplying data from a dedicated location, they keep networks of information up and running. From small organizations with a single room for servers for a workplace network, to large facilities that manage information for a network of hospitals, search engines, or large cloud computing applications, data centers are the heart that keeps everything running.
Because of the necessity for continuous operation, it is imperative that all data centers and IT operations are confident in their backup power solutions. If data centers are the heart, then backup power solutions are life support. Cooper Mechanical Services is pleased to offer sales and installation of commercial generators for continuous, on-site power.
Cooper Mechanical Services proudly supplies Cummins Power Generation products and solutions specifically designed for data centers. Cummins is an industry leader for commercial generators, and data centers require the Uptime Institute's Tier IV standard of "five nines" availability -- 99.999% uptime-- that Cummins generator systems are engineered to provide.
Cooper Mechanical is your single point of contact for installation and design of your Cummins backup power system. Today's generator solutions, as we've mentioned early this month, use automatic transfer systems to immediately move power supply from conventional utility to backup power when the system senses power loss or weakened supply.
Additionally, modern technology allows for users to monitor data center backup power from digital controls and adjust settings remotely.
The Cooper team brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to backup and emergency power design, both in single and colocation centers. Contact us today to learn more.