Keeping your pool and its surrounding area well-lit makes it more attractive and safer, but you may not realize all the different pool lighting options out there. However, these nine popular pool lights are some of the most commonly used, so learning more about them will help you make the right decision to illuminate your pool.
LED pool lights
1. Recessed Underwater LED Pool Lights
The beauty of recessed pool lighting is that they don't stick out any farther than the walls of your pool. They are mounted inside the pool wall. Recessed underwater lights are becoming increasingly popular in new pools, and LED lights are quickly replacing traditional halogen lights. The downside to recessed lights is that installing pool lighting flush with the wall can be very expensive, unless it is allowed during the pool construction process.
2. Recessed Underwater Halogen Pool Lights
once again, these pool lights have the advantage of being perfectly aligned with your pool walls, but halogen lights use more power and require more maintenance than the LED option. Installation with recessed lights may require more work. However, halogen lights are much cheaper than LED lights, so you can save some money here.
Surface-mounted LED lights in swimming pools
3. surface mounted underwater LED lights
Surface-mounted underwater lights may be a good choice because they can light up your pool and aren't difficult to install. They can be easily retrofitted to upgrade existing pool lights. Since they do not sit flush with the pool wall, they do stick out a bit. As a result, they are more prone to damage, especially if you have children. Kids tend to use them as a step to climb out of the pool.
4. surface mounted underwater halogen pool lights
This is a good option if you want to install underwater lighting but don't have that much money. These lights have been the standard for underwater pool lighting in Australia for years. They look great, provide plenty of light and are much cheaper than other options. They are also easier to install than recessed fixtures and cheaper than LED pool lights. However, they use more energy than LEDs.
Pool and garden lighting
5. Pool Garden Lighting
Pool garden lighting is used for the exterior of your pool, for example in your landscape. Not only is this lighting practical, but when they are properly planned and strategically placed, they can bring your garden to life.
6. LED floodlights
You can use flood lighting for almost anything, including around your pool. LED floodlights may be the right choice for your pool area, as they can illuminate a large area. LEDs are also more energy efficient than halogen lights.
You can buy the items you need to install this lighting at a regular hardware store without spending a lot of money. However, you will need to hire an electrician to install it. In addition, you should be careful not to spoil the ambiance of the pool area by over lighting it. This is easily done with the use of floodlights.
7. Halogen flood lighting
Halogen floodlighting has many of the same advantages as LED floodlighting. It is also easy to install and reasonably priced. However, you will find it more affordable than LED lighting, although it may not have as many advantages in the long run. Halogen floodlights don't last as long compared to LED floodlights. You will also need to regularly replace bulbs that are not needed for LED lighting.
Pool Feature Lights
8. Feature Lighting
LED or halogen lighting can be used to highlight the features of your pool area or garden. You can choose to light up waterfalls, specific trees or other landscape features. LED lighting is more cost effective than halogen feature lighting, but you must spend more money up front.
9. Diving and floating LED lighting
Perfect for parties, these lights can be used to produce amazing effects. Often powered by batteries or even solar energy, these lights come in a variety of shapes, colors and sizes, from red lanterns to white lilies. They either float on the surface of the pool or are submerged.
As you can see, you can choose to use at least nine different types of lighting to illuminate your pool and its surrounding area. Choosing the right type of lighting can be difficult, but looking at the purpose of each light and its advantages and disadvantages will help you make the right decision. In the long run, you may choose to mix and match several different types of lighting to get the most attractive and functional pool lighting for your home.