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.
Summer is officially here in Myrtle Beach (and the rest of the Northern Hemisphere, in fact) and we've definitely noticed an increase in midday thunderstorms. In fact, as we mentioned previously, this is the start of Atlantic hurricane season and predictions are for another above average year due to the lack of an El Nino phase.
Because of our coastal South Carolina location, storm damage and power outages are likely and something to prepare for. Cooper Mechanical Services helps many businesses along our coastline with water and storm damage to HVAC and electrical systems, and we are pleased to now offer commercial generator sales and installation service to help keep the power fully supplied on during blackouts and brownouts.
Save Perishables: Retain power to industrial refrigerators and coolers and save food (and money)
Stay Safe: Keep security systems online and your business protected
Secure Data: Keep IT networks, servers and important data safe and accessible
Stay Cool/Warm: Continue to power HVAC systems and ensure your business stays comfortable
Q: What is a commercial generator?
A: A commercial generator keeps your business's power on during an outage. Larger than a portable generator for a home, a commercial generator is permanently installed outside of your business, similar to an HVAC unit.
Q: How do I fuel my generator?
A: Commercial generators are tied directly to a propane (liquified petroleum gas) or natural gas line or tank and to the main power supply to your business. There is no manual fueling, extension cords or hassle.
Q: How do commercial generators turn on?
A: When power fails (blackout) or drops below an acceptable level (brownout), the automatic transfer switch (ATS) on the generator system senses the change and instantly moves from standby to power mode. When utility power is restored, the ATS reverts back to standby and powers is supplied by normal means.
Q: How do I learn more about commercial generators for my Myrtle Beach business?
A: Cooper Mechanical Services have generator specialists on-hand to answer questions and help find the best solution for your business.
Hurricanes Matthew and Joaquin were back-to-back storms of the century. Having power during a major outage can mean the difference between profit and debt. Call Cooper for honest and dependable HVAC, refrigeration, electrical and commercial generator sales, installation and service.