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How To Choose the Right Pool Lighting

Who said you can only enjoy your pool during the day?

Whether you’re working off the stresses of everyday life with a few laps or just marinating with a glass of wine and a book, a night time dip in the pool can be just what the doctor ordered.

Some careful planning and the right choice of lighting can create a magical atmosphere and transform your pool into your own private oasis. Proper lighting will also enhance visibility, so you can enjoy your nightly swim safely.

Which Type of Lighting Will Work Best?

There is no right or wrong answer when it comes to choosing a lighting scheme for your pool. Depending on your personal circumstances and the effect you’re going for, any number of lighting choices is equally valid.

LEDs

The most popular systems on the market are LED lights. LEDs are relatively cheap, long lasting and environmentally friendly. They also don’t emit heat, so they won’t affect your pool’s temperature.

You can choose from a range of different colors, depending on the look you’re going for. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, a system with color sequencing functionality can create a sense of theater that’s sure to wow your guests.

Fiber optics

Fiber optics are more expensive, but have more customization options. Many fiber optic lighting systems include a color wheel, which allows you to vary color scheme and ambiance to suit the occasion.

A fiber optic system’s light source is also separate from the fittings, so routine maintenance is safer and more convenient.

Incandescent lights

Incandescent lights are traditional lighting systems which emit light by means of electricity running through a filament. They have the cheapest initial cost, but may be pricey to maintain. They also have limited customization options.

Don’t Just Focus on Pool Lighting

You may be tempted to focus all your energy on your pool, but don’t forget to add some lighting to areas around it too.

Soft lighting around the deck area and a strategically placed floodlight can strengthen your scheme and make it feel unified and complete. As an added bonus, it will make the pool area easier to navigate.

Not sure which lighting scheme would work best for you? Drop us a line at Smith Pools to discuss your options.

 

 

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5 Key Questions to Ask Before Buying a New Above-Ground Pool

5 Key Questions to Ask Before Buying a New Above-Ground Pool

Is a brand new above-ground pool on your horizon? Keep the process smooth and simple by asking these five questions to your pool consultant and company.

Will It Achieve Its Purpose?

What do you plan on using the pool for primarily? It may seem like an obvious question, but it has more importance than many first-time pool owners realize. Do you see yourself mostly swimming or lounging? Do you want to have big parties or stick to small get-togethers? Answering these questions will help you narrow down the shape, style and size of your new pool.

Parents and pet owners, in particular, will want to consider the safety features needed for their new pool.

What Type of Material Fits Your Needs Best?

Aluminum, steel and resin plastic are popular options for above-ground pools. Be sure to compare styles and prices as you shop. Aluminum and steel may give you that shiny appearance you love but you’ll need to consider rusting. Resin plastic may be easier to clean and maintain for many pool owners. Chat with your pool consultant about the best choice for your location and needs.

What Are My Options for Liners?

A good liner is critical to the function and life of the pool. While you’ll most likely need to replace it after 8 to 12 years, the right choice should be able to reach its maximum lifetime. Avoid liners made from recycled vinyl and ask about the strength of the seams before purchasing.

What Will My Long-term Cost Be Like?

You’ll want to find a balance between your initial investment and long-term cost. You may find that a pool costs you more than you realized when you factor in energy, maintenance, and chemicals. To avoid any surprises and save your budget, get the details on the price of ownership, maintenance, and any added value it brings to your home.

How Will the Installation Process Work?

As you prepare for installation, get as much information about the company as possible. Browse reviews, check out ratings and ask to see a portfolio of similar projects. Your company should also provide you with a timeline of the process to keep you up-to-date as things progress.

For more advice on buying above-ground pools, reach out to us at Smith Pools today.

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Backyard design

The Latest Trends in Backyard Design and Style

It’s hard to find a place at home more enjoyable than a beautifully designed backyard. Make yours as stunning and tranquil as you’ve always wanted with these four design trends.

Private Backyard Oasis

Who wouldn’t love a place to kick back and relax after a long day at work? A private oasis can be your spot for tranquility right in your backyard. Create yours by cornering off a small area with a bamboo wall or tall plants. Use a stone bench or hammock as a sitting place. Place this little oasis off to the side and visit whenever you need a break from the hustle and bustle of daily life.

Outdoor Kitchens and Grills

You probably already have a grill that makes an appearance a few times a year. Adding a outdoor mini kitchen can up your entertainment for outdoor parties tenfold. Kitchenettes are popping up on porches everywhere. Just be sure to make sure you have the storage you need for utensils, recipes and other on hand items.

Waterfalls and Fountains

There’s hardly a sound more relaxing than that of running water outside. The latest trend of backyard waterfalls can be as luxurious or as homemade as you like. Fountains are an easy place to begin and can be attached to your pool or pond. Rock walls with cascading water really bring the wow factor.

Campfires

The temperatures may be dropping but spending time outdoors can be just as fun with a bit of warmth. Use a chimenea as a centerpiece that brings light and warmth to your backyard. This addition is ideal for bringing a campfire feel just in time for fall. Whether you break out the s’mores or hot chocolate with marshmallows, you’ll love the rustic, homey atmosphere a mini-campfire creates.

Best of all, a chimenea can extend the life of pool season. Your backyard will stay warm and cozy as the weather cools down. For more ideas on how to get the most out of pool season, contact our team of experts at Smith Pools.

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