Pool builders have tapped into the idea of using lighting to enhance the overall appeal of your swimming pool landscape. Pool lights aren’t just for allowing night swimming anymore. Choosing your pool lighting can be as important as choosing the overall design of your pool. There are many things to consider when choosing your pool lighting options. You can choose Incandescent Lighting, LED lighting, and Fiber Optic Lighting. Each have their own unique considerations. I’ve listed some of the pros and cons of each below.
- Floodlight type lamp that is permanently mounted within a light niche in your concrete pool
- Inexpensive lighting option
- Replace lamp bulb frequently which is inconvenient since you have to remove the fixture from the water in order to replace the bulb.
- Not energy efficient
- Corrosion problems often arise
- Classic warm light color that you don’t get from other lighting options. Can be used to enhance certain design styles.
- Energy Efficient
- Average Life of 50,000 hours
- More expensive
- Variety of preset lighting effects
- Often come with multi-color versatility options
Fiber Optic Lighting
- Most expensive
- Can be used to illuminate water features such as waterfalls, bubblers,and stream laminars to create a dramatic effect
- Allows for a customized design
When considering your lighting options, it is best to talk to your design professional. In addition, look at magazines and books showing photos of swimming pools that are illuminated at night. You want to make the most of your lighting options since your swimming pool will be a focal point in your landscape.
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