Swimming pool lighting is important for both form and function. It’s a fun way to make sure your pool area is safe after dark, and it adds to the overall beauty of the area, making it easier and more pleasant to swim at night. While some pool light accessories can be installed after the pool is finished, inground pool lighting must be installed during construction. If you’re thinking of having an inground pool installed, explore lighting options now so you don’t get left in the dark afterwards.
Funky Fiber Optics
Fiber optic lighting allows homeowners to use light to change the color of their pool’s water. The main drawback is that they are not very bright and so will probably need supplemental lighting to fully illuminate the pool area. This lighting style was extremely popular up until the early 2000s, when LED lighting came onto the scene.
Classic and Cost-Effective Incandescent
Incandescent lighting was the traditional way to light up an inground pool and is still used occasionally. Though these are the least expensive upfront, they are not the most cost effective as they have a much shorter lifespan and use higher wattages. They also do not allow homeowners to customize the color of the light without a colored light filter lens. Homeowners who want to simply illuminate their pool without spending thousands should consider traditional incandescent swimming pool lighting.
Colorful, Bright, and Long-Lived LEDs
LED lighting is the most popular style of swimming pool lighting on the market right now. LED lights are incredibly long lived, cost effective, and come in a wide array of aesthetic options. These lights produce the same amount of light as a 500-watt incandescent bulb at only 15% of the energy usage (75 watts). They are designed to last for up to 30,000 hours of lighting, which is quite a jump from a regular bulb’s 5,000 hour lifetime. Though LED lights have a larger upfront cost, they are more efficient and give homeowners a great return on investment. Annual savings with LED lights average roughly $6,700 per year. They also come in a variety of colors for mood lighting and designer poolscaping. Homeowners who are looking to create a fully lit outdoor oasis, or even those who just want to see some savings over time, should consider LED lighting.
In addition to inground pool lighting, homeowners should also install overhead complementary lighting around the pool area to maximize safety.