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Night-time pool lighting tips

13 Oct 2010

Pool lighting is an important feature for any landscaped garden. Pool lighting not only increases the safety of those who swim in your pool at night, but it can also add to the overall ambiance of your outdoor space once the sun has gone down. Whether for an in-ground or above-ground pool, lighting will create an attractive look – making the area inviting and welcoming to all who view it.

“A swimming pool is often the focal point for any outdoor entertainment area, and making use of pool lights in and around this area reduces limitations on entertaining or swimming after the sun has set. Having adequate pool lighting will add ambiance to any outdoor setting, as well as provide safety for guests, children and visiting family,” explains Melissa Davidson from leading local lighting supplier, The Lighting Warehouse.

She notes that many pool owners have opted to replace their built-in incandescent pool lights with LED globes instead: “Aside from being environmentally friendly, LED lights last longer.

They might cost a little more to purchase initially, but their comparatively low energy consumption will end up saving you money in the long run. For a more dramatic effect, The Lighting Warehouse offers special LED pool globes that come with a remote control, whereby you can change from the normal cool white setting, to a 14-colour-changing setting to create a kind of underwater light show.”

For immediately outside or next to the pool, Davidson suggests the following: “Recessed ground lights set in tiled or decking areas are exceptionally attractive and functional to boot – they are available with either CFL or LED globes. For the garden or rockery immediately surrounding the pool, waterproof garden spike lights are the ideal solution – they are safe, quick and easy to install.

These too are available with either CFL or LED globes. Of course, you can also choose from a wide variety of other outdoor light fittings to provide general lighting to your outdoor entertainment area, which could include lanterns, mini posts and poles, hanging lanterns, wall lights and floodlights for example.” 

Davidson says that since the pool area and its surrounds are wet areas, it is best to get a professional and registered electrician to install them, as electricity and water can be a lethal mix. It is highly advisable to commission the installation out to somebody who is well versed on the various precautions and code adherence that must be strictly followed for guaranteed safety.

So, if you are planning to give your outdoor area a makeover this season – remember that pool lighting can make a big difference. For best effect, make sure that you leverage the benefits of pool lighting to accentuate the beauty of your pool area by lighting it up at night. Not only will this help you to create an inviting and appealing outdoor ambience, but it will allow you to extend the enjoyment of swimming late into the hot and balmy summer nights.

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