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Thorn makes a splash at the Liverpool Aquatics Centre


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  • Lamp efficacy

    Lamp efficacy

    Ensuring the lamp efficiently converts electricity into light (lm/W).

  • Ballast classification

    Ballast classification

    Controlling the electricity supply to the lamp (Energy Efficiency Index).

  • Luminaire distribution

    Luminaire distribution

    Controlling light emission using optics which bend and shape the light to the correct location.

  • System efficacy

    System efficacy

    Combining optical and thermal control within the luminaire (luminaire lm/W).

  • Presence/absence detection

    Presence/absence detection

    Presence: Lights automatically turn on/off with movement. Absence: Lights automatically turn off and must be manually switched on.

  • Daylight detection

    Daylight detection

    Artificial lighting which responds to the natural light conditions.

  • Constant illuminance

    Constant illuminance

    A function designed to produce correct light levels for the duration of the maintenance period.

  • Task-scene setting

    Task-scene setting

    Allowing the user to set scenes and adapt the lighting to different tasks.

  • Timed off

    Timed off

    Automatic cut-off can be installed to turn all lights off during unoccupied hours.

  • Task lighting

    Task lighting

    Lighting task areas with the correct amount of light.

  • Zoning of lighting

    Zoning of lighting

    Lighting is zoned according to area use.

  • Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance schedule

    Maintenance must be performed in response to product age, performance and environment.

  • Waste light

    Waste light

    Eliminating waste light which does not hit the intended target.

  • Reflectance


    Taking advantage of light which is reflected from the surface within the space.

  • Visible smart metering

    Visible smart metering

    Results of actions can be quickly seen as increased or decreased energy use to encourage responsible energy consumption.

Switching to Thorn Lighting’s Areaflood Pro floodlights has provided the Liverpool Aquatics Centre at Wavertree Sports Park in Liverpool with increased light levels and a reduction in energy consumption. An important criteria for choosing Areaflood Pro for the illumination of the swimming pool area, was that the luminaires have been fully tested and approved as suitable for use in indoor swimming pool environments. This, is in addition to offering a maintenance free product with a body that is also tested and proven to be resistant to chlorine corrosion.

Prior to the new lighting installation, the olympic-sized pool at the Liverpool Aquatics Centre had to be drained following an electrical fault in a floodlight which exploded and showered the pool with shards of glass and also entered the underside of the moveable floor, resulting in major and costly repairs. The Liverpool Aquatic Centre was due to host the ‘Special Olympics Pool Events’ in the summer 2020 so the choice of the correct fitting suited to the pool environment was critical for health and safety purposes.

Following the approval of samples provided by Thorn, a combination of both large and small Areaflood Pro floodlights were chosen for the refurbishment, both of which are compact, lightweight, energy saving and have an IP66 rating. The luminaires have an asymmetrical light distribution of 40 and 60 degrees respectively, with a 4 mm toughened glass enclosure for safety. This combination of fittings has ensured a high quality even light distribution with minimum shadowing, whilst offering energy savings of almost 40 percent compared to the previous fittings. 

The use of long life LED’s means there is no need for costly lamp replacements, so all of the disruption and hassle associated with accessing high level light fittings over a pool is removed, as is the cost associated with maintenance. The upgrade has also improved the quality of the light for staff and customers alike, providing a pleasant, well-lit and welcoming environment.