How To Choose the Right Pool Lighting

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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.


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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