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Pool Lighting: What You Need to Know

The perfect lighting can transform your pool into an exotic, relaxing, and visually appealing oasis. Whether you are upgrading or constructing a new pool, the extra investment in lighting will certainly pay for itself.

This article is a simple guide that will shine some light on choosing the right lighting for your in-ground pool.

Type

The three types of pool lights available are incandescent, halogen, and LED. Incandescent lights have largely been faced out due to their energy inefficiency although some older pools may have this type of lighting.

Halogen lights are slightly more energy efficient and shine longer. However, halogen bulbs emit more heat, burn out faster, and need regular replacing.

If you are looking for longevity and energy efficiency, consider LED lighting. LEDs are brighter and illuminate farther through the water. LEDs also come in a variety of colors that you can change using a remote control, switch, or a pre-programmed control to give your pool dramatic color variations.

More importantly, LED light bulbs use 75% less energy than halogen bulbs, produce minimal heat, and last up to 25 times longer.

Fixture

Available fixtures for pool lighting include flush and surface light fixtures. Flush light fixtures house the light bulb and lie flat on the pool wall or floor so that the bulb is not exposed. With this type of fixture, the light bulb tends to deliver a narrower and shorter beam of light.

Surface light fixtures allow the light bulb to protrude onto the surface of the pool wall. These bulbs produce a wider and longer beam of light.

To upgrade flush light fixtures, simply replace halogen bulbs with LED light bulbs of the same brand. Alternatively, if you are looking to broaden the illumination, opt for a complete retrofit to replace flush lights and fixtures with new LED surface lights.

To upgrade your halogen surface lights, opt for retrofit mounting brackets that will let you install new LED light bulbs.

Number

Consider the size and shape of your pool when determining the number of lights you will need to adequately illuminate your pool.

If you already have enough lights, then pay attention to the wattage when selecting lights to deliver enough illumination. A low watt LED will deliver the same brightness as a high wattage or low-efficiency halogen bulb.

Prepare to add extra lighting if the existing lighting and fixtures do not provide enough illumination per square meter. Bear in mind that installing additional wiring could potentially require some excavation work.

Brightness

The brightness of a light is measured in lumens but many manufacturers do not provide much detail on lumens. Generally, newer LEDs will deliver comparably brighter illumination.

The interior color of the pool’s floors and walls will affect how well the bulbs can illuminate the pool. For pools with darker interior surfaces, install more lights to achieve adequate illumination.

Placement

Another consideration for pool lighting is the placement of the lights. The way you place the lights will largely depend on the shape and size of the pool. Smaller pools with a clear view may only need a single light at one end to illuminate the entire length of the pool.

Opt for multiple opposing lights for longer lap pools. For extremely long pools, consider placing lights along a wall facing away from the house to provide illumination over a longer span.

A lot goes into selecting and designing the appropriate lighting for an in-ground pool. Work with a reputable pool contractor to find lighting solutions that will meet your needs.

Whether you are building a new pool or just installing lights, let the experts at KrisCo Aquatech Pools & Spas transform the aesthetic appeal of your pool with innovative LED lighting. Call us today to schedule your installation.

 

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