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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