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The Pool Lighting Ideas Guide: Areas, Fixtures, and Color

When installing a swimming pool in your backyard, it is important to set the stage for something spectacular, rather than just creating an area that would only be used for swimming.  Therefore, the landscaping must be considered, as would the right lighting.  Below, discover swimming pool lighting ideas that would not only look incredible, provide safety and security measures, but also create an invitation for night time swimming.

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The key to successful lighting is to get the right balance to provide safety for those who are swimming, those walking around the pool and the grounds, but also to answer to the senses. This can be achieved inexpensively and effectively as well as with very high-end solutions.

The Areas To Light

In The Pool

This one is pretty straight forward. Task lighting is used to light the pool so that people can swim at night. Standard underwater lights are what will normally be used for this.

Around The Pool 1

Security lighting will be the most important form of lighting around the pool, followed by ambient and decorative lighting. Lights should line pathways, and outline the pool. This can be done with solar stake lights or spot lights.

Around the Pool 2

There are a number of swimming pool lighting design ideas that can be used around the pool to create a beautiful scene. You can turn secluded corners of the pool into attractive and romantic areas. For pool deck lighting ideas have a look at our post here: 10 Simple Wireless Deck Lighting Ideas. For more above the water, outdoor pool lighting ideas have a look our post here: 6 Simple, Artistic and Decorative Outdoor Lighting Ideas for ideas like glowing pots and sun jars. You can always add a fiery glow around your pool in the form of tiki torches or DIY oil lamps.

The Different Light Fixtures

Swimming Pool Underwater Lights

swimming pool underwater lighting

There are a number of different light fixtures that can be installed underwater in a pool. Standard Lights: There are the standard lights which are common in swimming pools, like the ones here. LED Lighting: There are also LED lights which are much more energy efficient and product less heat. LED swimming pool lights can be found here.

Fiber Optics: Then there is swimming pool fiber optic lighting. How this works is that light is carried around the pool by fiber optic strands. These strands are connected to a light source. This light source and all the lighting equipment is housed in a consol that is installed away from the pool. The benefit of this is that it is easy to access this consol to change a light bulb.

Spot Lights

Another way of lighting a swimming pool would be to use spot lights. These are usually attached to the walls of the house and are pointed down and into the swimming pool.

Solar Lights

There is a wide range of solar lights that can be used for swimming pool lighting. They come in all shapes and sizes. These can be installed by anyone, eliminating the need for electricians, keeping costs low.  They can also be installed practically anywhere, such as directly into the soil with stakes, or fitted into decking, concrete, and paved tiles. There are even floating solar lights.

Fire Power

Tiki torches, oil lamps, and table top fire bowls some ways of adding lighting around a swimming pool. Citronella tiki torches will act as a natural insect repellent.

Colored Lighting

floating pool lights

An important thing is to create a certain ambiance with the lighting. To do this, there are numerous choices, such as colored lights. Today, consumers have numerous options in this regard, as there have been many innovations in the industry, such as with LED colored lights. This can be done by installing permanent colored light fixtures: underwater or above water. There are also floating solar lights that will automatically come on at night and wash the water with a glow of light. These floating lights can come in different models, from changing colors to putting on an underwater light show. You can find these lights here

So when it comes to pool lighting ideas there are 3 main areas to focus on task lighting (in the pool), security lighting (around the pool) and ambient lighting (in or around the pool).

image credits: John Mason sbisson

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Creating a Festive Setting With These Party Lighting Ideas

Getting the right lights for a party can really help set the mood. Depending on the party space you can either go with simple party lighting ideas or go a step further and rent one or two light fixtures. There are also a few outdoor lighting ideas for a party. Here are a range of different ideas: Creating an Enchanting Party Setting With String/Fairy Lights. Outdoor string lights are so freaking versatile. They instantly create a fanciful setting. They can be used in a number of ways. Hang a number of them side by side on a wall to create a curtain of lights. They can be strung across the ceiling to mimic a starry night. They can be lined across counters and on the floor. Have a look here at our photo guide for more ideas on using string lights for cheap party lighting ideas.

Using string lights for party lighting ideas

Using Battery Powered LED Lights to Create Balloon Lighting Here is a unique lighting idea, one that can be store bought or even done DIY. All you need are single LED light bulbs that come with a battery. There is usually a little tab that you pull off to switch the light on. These lights can be turned on and then put inside a balloon. You can have the balloon blown up normally with air and have them lay around on the floor, or they can float in the air if they are blown up with helium. Have a look at our article here on balloon LED lights, for information on ready made balloon lighting and tips on using helium. Decorating Drinks With Ice Cube Lights Want a way to include the drink into the party decorations? Why not add light up ice cubes. These are little LED lights incased within a clear plastic that can be put in the freezer to keep the drinks cool. A great idea would be to tailor the color of the lights to the party: having a Christmas party, then use green and red lights, St. Paddys day – Green, having a ladies night – red and pink.

Need some dramatic lighting to fill a large space? Then a few simple rental lights can make a big difference: Uplighting For Parties Uplighting will create a formal and grand setting. These are lights that you put at the base of a wall, columns, etc, and they make a space feel larger – just like in the pictures below. Customizing a Party Venue with Gobo Lighting If you are looking to add a special touch to your party then have a look into gobo lighting. This is when you have a stencil made that fits over a can light. The stencils can be of anything – have star shapes lighting up ceilings, or floral designs lighting a wall, or if you are having an engagement party you can have a monogram of the names of the bride and groom. These stencils will be fitted over can lights, which are common lights that you’ll see on a theater stage or a concert. They can be easily hired at lighting rental companies. Creating a gobo stencil doesn’t have to be a complicated task. It can be done at home with a sheet of tin and a steady hand, or they can be custom ordered from lighting companies. Have a look at our article on creating custom gobo lightingfor instructions on making it yourself or getting them made.

Gobo lighting on a ceiling

Looking to have an outdoor party? Here are a few outdoor party lighting ideas.

Tiki torches are perfect for outdoor parties

Using Tiki Torches for a Festive Outdoor Party Tiki torches are a great way of creating a festive atmosphere for an outdoor party. They are easy to pick up at hardware or even large department stores. You’ll want to place the torches 15 feet apart and 3-4 feet away from table or chairs. Citronella oil can be used to fuel the torches, which will produce less smoke and will act as a natural and organic insect repellent. Light Up Pools or Ponds With Floating Solar Lights If you have any water features in your outdoor space, a swimming pool, fountain or a pond, these can be lit up with lights. The lights will wash over the calm water, creating relaxing and enchanting ambient lighting. General floating solar lightscan be used – they can continue to light up the water even after the party. Another option is to use the balloon lights mentioned above as these will float. We hope you have fun decorating your space with these party lighting ideas. Let us know if you have any unique ideas that we can add to the list.

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