When you’re designing a custom pool, there are many details to consider, from the pool finish to the landscaping and much more. One thing to think about is the lighting, both inside the pool and along the perimeter. Keeping your pool well-lit allows you to enjoy it even after dark.
Here are some tips for choosing the best swimming pool lighting:
This is a good tip for pool design in general, and this is why we begin our process with a consultation where we discuss your vision for your pool. For example, if you are planning to host parties, you’ll want to make sure there is adequate lighting all around the pool so your guests can see where they are going. If you mostly want to swim during the day and don’t plan to be out much at night, you should still have some lighting around the pool and lights inside for safety, but likely won’t need as many.
Energy-efficient features cost less to operate and are better for the environment. When it comes to pool lighting, the best choice for energy efficiency is to use light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. These cost pennies a day to operate, compared to approximately $1 each day for incandescent bulbs. Additionally, you don’t need to compromise on quality in order to use the energy-efficient option. LED bulbs are also more durable and are brighter.
The placement of swimming pool lighting can highlight specific water features or landscaping elements. For example, putting LED lights under fountains looks stunning. You can also light up plants around your pool, which gives the landscape a resort-style feel.
If you choose LED lights, there are many different color options available. In the case of single-color lights, make sure the color matches the aesthetic of your yard and doesn’t clash with the colors of any lawn furniture or your home’s exterior. In many cases, you can get color-changing lights. This way you can adjust the color based on your mood or the occasion, and you can even create custom light shows!
Modern technology has made it easier than ever to operate the various systems that make up your pool, including lighting. We recommend an automated system for the ultimate ease of operation. You can control the pool pump, lighting, water features, and spa, all with one convenient interface.
If you are interested in building a backyard pool, Pools by Design can help. We design and build gorgeous custom pools and consider every detail to ensure the final product is outstanding in both form and function. This includes working with you to choose pool lighting.
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