10 August 2017
Shine a light on your pool
During the construction of your pool, discuss your underwater lighting options with your pool designer. The variety of choice on the market means there’s an option to suit every taste and every budget. Your pool designer will know which lights are best, depending on the type of pool and the desired ambience.
Go green with LEDs
Your pool designer is likely to recommend LEDs first. Otherwise known as light-emitting diodes, they're just as bright as incandescent bulbs but use much less electricity. LEDs last longer than incandescent lights too, which makes up for the increased price. They typically need replacing after an impressive 30,000 hours – compared to 5,000 with incandescent bulbs. As if all that weren't enough, you can change the colour of your LEDs whenever you like for a truly unique look.
Halogen for bright and cheerful
If you're going for a super-bright look to the water, flush-mounted halogen lights are probably the answer. Although they don't last nearly as long as LEDs, they're cheaper and put out the watts. The only real issue is when they're installed – it's far easier to fit flush-mounted lights as the pool is being constructed. Installing them after the pool is already built will be a headache you don't need.
Fibre optics for the spectacular
This kind of lighting peaked in popularity around 2000, but has been replaced in recent years by LED solutions. However, fibre optic lighting is still worth exploring. With this method, a central light-bulb (often above the pool's edge) emits light that travels along fibre optic cables installed in the base and sides of the pool. This can make for some incredible pool lighting effects. The downsides are usually enough to put people off, though. Fibre optic lighting requires more maintenance than other methods and parts will need replacing more regularly. They are also dimmer than LEDs and traditional bulbs.
Looking for effect
One option to consider in addition to your main pool lighting are submersible and floating LED lights. They come in all shapes and sizes, including water lilies and red lanterns. They are often battery-powered or solar-powered and used sparingly can be useful as decoration.
Don't neglect the pool surroundings, either, especially in an outdoor pool. Your surrounding garden can be transformed with extra lights to create a wonderland-style effect. If you have a water feature, more of the waterproof LEDs can be used to draw attention to it.
Protecting your lights
Once you've chosen your lights, you need to make sure to protect them. Pool water can be tough going on metal fittings, corroding them quickly if they're poor quality. Underwater lighting specialists EVA Optic say: “There are only a few areas with higher requirements of a lighting system than a swimming pool. Heat, moisture and chlorine: it is often underestimated how great the influence of these factors is on the lighting applied in a swimming pool. Regular lighting is not sufficiently resistant to the swimming pool environment.”
Your pool designer will explain the pros and cons of various light fittings, helping you to perform a cost/benefit analysis in choosing the right ones for you.
As you can see, there are a lot of options and factors to think about when it comes to pool lighting. Contact LSPC today and find out what options we can offer to make your pool look just right.
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