7 Pool Lighting Options
Most in-ground pools come with one or two lights on either end of the pool, which is more of a safety measure in the dark rather than a concerted aesthetic effort. And while pools are used mostly during the daytime, they are the perfect place to relax after a long day. With many new options for pool lighting design, you can create a lovely ambiance for your pool, making the most of it well into nighttime.
1. LED lights:
LED lights installed into pools are popular in the market of pool lighting. Because they depend on the movement of electrons to generate light, they do not emit heat, which is a plus to keep pools cool. Additionally, they can be programmed to change colors at timed intervals, giving your pool a fabulous aquatic makeover. Though they are more expensive than incandescent lights, LED lights are the most energy efficient option; they tend to far outlive traditional bulbs.
2. Fiber optic lights:
Fiber optic lights are housed in a dry box outside of the pool and transmit light waves through fiber optic cables within the pool walls. Though LED lights have overtaken this option in popularity, fiber optic lights do give a lovely effect of illuminating a pool with a dimmer light. Depending on how you want your pool to look at night, the dimmer, hazier option may be preferred. Some fiber optic light systems come with a changing color wheel, which may be set to a timer
3. Flush vs. surface-mounted lighting:
LED lights and halogen lights may be mounted in pools in either flush or surface-mounted fixtures. Flush mounted fixtures do not protrude from the walls of your pool and has become a more popular option among pool owners than surface-mounted lights. Surface-mounted lights are less expensive, but they are also used often by people as a step to get out of the pool, as the fixtures protrude from the pool wall, and thus may break.
4. Floating or submersible LED lighting:
If you cannot commit yet to lighting installation in your pool, you may find floating or submersible LED lighting that are battery-powered and simply released into the pool. These floating/submersible lights come in many shapes, colors, and sizes, with some that are solar-powered.
5. Landscape lighting:
If you are not ready to install lights in the pool, another option is to create landscape lighting around the pool itself. There are many do-it-yourself lighting design kits available at home and garden stores and you may find different designs online as inspiration. HGTV suggests strategic landscape lighting to illuminate the foliage around the pool, as these lights may also reflect off the surface of the water for a lovely effect.
6. Flood lighting:
Perhaps the least attractive of the options, flood lighting is an inexpensive and simple solution to fully illuminating your pool area. Flood lighting tends to be quite harsh against the darkness of nighttime, and may not create a soft, relaxing environment that diffused light offers. At the same time, it functions as a safety measure.
Electronic timers for your pool’s lights are an excellent, energy-efficient option. They also increase the safety of your pool area, if you are not able to be home to manually activate pool lights at nightfall. Most pool light installation services will be able to hook your new lights up to a timer.