When it comes to installing a pool most people cut corners with pool lighting due to the cost. However, this form of lighting really is a good investment as it encourages you to use your pool more often and can transform your pool area. Pool lighting prevents trips & falls, deters burglars and also allows more time to use the pool. A well lit pool at night looks beautiful when viewing from the house.
Older style pools generally have one or two large lights embedded into the wall of the pool. There function is really just to light up the pool for night-time swimming or skinny dipping. These are still quite popular and still serve an important purpose, however, pool lighting has come a long way over the last decade or so.
Just as LED down lights are becoming a popular choice in the home, LED lighting systems are illuminating our pool areas. LED pool lights require a power source and are installed or mounted underwater. LED underwater lights offer an upgrade to your pool’s appearance while lowering the cost of lighting up your pool and spa by 80 percent compared to any other lighting.
When planning your pool lighting design there are a number of lights to choose from:
- Low-profile lights can accent paths and walkways while providing muted accent lighting.
- Spotlights can be used to draw attention to specific pool, landscape or patio features.
- Floodlights are used for general lighting around common areas.
- Motion floodlights can be added for safety.
- Up-lights highlight landscape or pool features from below.
- Fiber optic lights add colorful, whimsical drama to your pool area. They come in a multitude of colours.
- Underwater lights make night swimming safe and can create a colorful pool environment.