There’s no reason to stop using your pool once the sun goes down. Swimming without any light cab be risky but with the right lighting design you can turn a risky behavior into an enchanting way to while away the evening hours or to keep your backyard party going well past midnight.
If you’re in the market for pool lighting, here are a few options to keep in mind:
Why mess with a classic? Plain old incandescent bulbs in plain old waterproof fixtures have the lowest initial cost of any of your alternatives. That said, you’ll be paying for your short-term frugality with higher energy costs overall, plus it can be a real pain to replace the bulbs once they burn out.
In terms of costs, LED lights are basically the opposite of incandescent lights: they cost a lot to buy, but they run on very little power and the bulbs are practically immortal. They also happen to come in a wide variety of colors, and some are even able to switch colors on command, creating a fascinating underwater light show. However, you should still keep in mind the color of your pool and your backyard area before you go all-in on the color-changing LEDs.
Fiber-optic lights are similar to LEDs in both the high cost and low power demands, plus they can also shift colors on command. However, in exchange for an even higher cost you get even more lighting possibilities, possibilities like a completely diffused light which fills your pool and the area around it with an even glow, or else a thousand points of white light which make your pool seem like a reflection of the starry sky above.
Solar-powered lamps are good both for in your pool and around it. Being solar powered, they obviously don’t put any strain on your electric bill, but depending on the time of year and the level of cloud cover you may only get a few hours of light out of them each evening.
Floating lights have the benefit of adding to any lighting setup you happen to have already. They come in a wide variety of styles, including glowing flowers, glowing fountains, or else light show discs which act more or less like an underwater disco ball. The only real downsides to speak of are that they survive on batteries and that they’re better off augmenting your pool lighting system rather than replacing it.
Overall, it’s hard to argue with the idea that you’re better off going with LEDs or fiber optics, but if you can’t afford them, incandescent lights will still serve you well. And no matter how you do it, what really matters is that you’ll be able to enjoy your pool long into the small hours of the morning with these pool lighting ideas.