Tips for Lighting Your Pool Stylishly
Pools are an excellent way to have fun during the summer. Unfortunately, when the sun goes down on those hot summer nights, the fun has to end if you are lacking lighting, particularly for safety reasons.
But it doesn’t have to! There are a number of excellent lighting options on the market so you can enjoy the pool late into the night.
Modern outdoor pool & lighting trends include energy efficient, accent, laminar or floating lighting.
Lighting for Safety
Pools are no different from any outdoor space in that the most important aspect is safety, especially for families and businesses.
This doesn’t just include lighting in the pool itself, but the area around the pool as well, especially if elevation changes in the landscaping or steps are present.
Lighting to illuminate the pool can either be in the pool itself, or on the outside shining onto the water surface to make it sparkle.
Lighting for Mood
You can also use lighting to create mood around your pool area. Of course, this will vary and often depends on the pool owner.
For families, something playful is often the goal, while a couple living alone might want a more romantic feel.
The good news is there are a number of different lighting options that can help you to achieve the exact mood you are looking for including different colors and brightness levels.
LED’s are The Way to Go
Although there are many lighting options to choose from, LED’s are an excellent way to provide safety around your pool area and add splashes of color in an energy efficient way.
LED’s can be installed anywhere, from in-pool features to piping to walls or even in the pool surface itself. They are also less reflective than other lighting options providing a beautiful soft glow, particularly on the water’s surface.
Accent Your Favorite Features
Many modern pool designs are very lavish and elaborate, containing a number of features.
Of course, these features should be lit once the sun goes down. This form of lighting, called accent lighting. is a great way to ensure all those beautiful designs around your pool still look stunning at night.
Consider adding accent lighting to any water features, curved pool steps or other custom features that make up part of your pool design.
Of course, you can incorporate lighting into your space with a stunning fire feature, like the popular fire bowl. Placed near the edge of the pool, or along an accent wall, this gorgeous accessory adds lighting and drama to your space.
For a more fun aspect, laminar lighting is the answer. This lighting option works in conjunction with the laminar jets that stream water into your pool by focusing light onto each specific jet and making them a focal point.
They look spectacular, and the fluid motion of the jets and the water streaming into the pool adds a real fun factor.
Floating lights are probably the most familiar way to light your pool. They’re also the perfect way to illuminate the surface. The best thing about these globe-shaped lighting floaters is their low cost.
They are a great scene setter, especially if you are having a romantic dinner outside or an event by the pool. Of course, they aren’t really meant to be used if you intend to swim at night, unless it’s just a gentle dip.
Many homeowners use multiple lighting to further enhance their pool and its surrounds. Often the best way to use multiple light sources is to have them shine towards each other.
This will help to create enough safe lighting to see clearly, and will also create a beautiful effect caused by the lights bouncing off the water’s surface.
Integrating Music with Your Lighting
For a truly unique experience, consider an integrated entertainment system. This helps to sync music and sounds to the lighting of the pool and surrounding area. Music and lights combine to produce a spectacular display that can be controlled remotely.
With so many lighting options available, you are sure to find one that suits your budget, pool and outdoor area. The most important thing, however, is to consider safety first and build from that point onwards.
We’ve been designing pools in South Louisiana for over 20 years, and have seen just about every lighting setup any pool owner could want. From integrating lighting at the point of construction, to adding lighting for a pool refresh, we’ve seen it all and can give you all your options.
Bring us your vision, and we’ll make it a reality. Reach out or stop by our stunning showroom, and discover what your pool has been missing!