Imagine changing your pool lighting from a cool, blue, crisp glow to a starry night scene or an energetic light show—all with a few taps on a smartphone app. Pool and spa lighting has evolved big-time in the last several years, and the range of LED and fiber optic lights completely change the dynamic of a pool environment. Lighting is a game changer.
Pool lighting has always been important for safety—and, of course, for extending swimming time. But what we love about today’s cool pool lighting is how high-tech illumination and easy-to-use controls gives you the flexibility to create a range of moods in the pool area. Hosting a football Sunday? It’s easy to pop on the pool light colors of your favorite team and wash your spirit over the water. Having friends over for an evening cocktail party? Who says you can’t match the pool lighting to the color of the cosmopolitan cocktails you’re serving? Then, flip on a light show to wow your guests.
Lighting effects also complement stunning tile—and we’ve talked about the rich palette of tile options available for pools. (We don’t want to drift from our lighting topic, but check out our tile process here and tell us what you think!)
If you have traditional incandescent pool lighting now and are considering an upgrade to LED pool lighting, read on for how products from suppliers like Pentair and Jandy. We work closely with the pool and spa industry’s best so we can give our clients the latest pool and spa lighting.
Ultimately, pool lighting can add sophistication, fun and beauty to your outdoor living space. Check out these five pool lighting ideas that will wow your guests and make your pool a dynamic, attractive entertainment area.
#1 Cue Up the Color with LED Lighting
LED lighting is installed in the pool coping or in pipes to diffuse a wash of color over the pool. Lights come in vibrant colors—red, magenta, blue, white, green. LED pool and spa lights are energy efficient, so while the initial cost might be more than incandescent lighting, you’ll save money in the long-run. You can change the colors by selecting one or several hues. Some LED pool light systems also offer pre-programmed light shows. With the tap of a button on a simple remote control or smart phone app, you can entertain guests.
#2 Fun with Fiber Optics
Turn your pool surface into a starry nightscape or display psychedelic dancing color on the surface. Fiber optic pool lighting features can be subtle or striking. The great thing about fiber optic lighting is that it’s also highly energy efficient, so the viewing is all pleasure without the pain of a high electric bill.
#3 Coordinate Pool Lighting with Tile
Lighting will look different depending on the tile in your pool. Dark tiles absorb light, while light-color tiles will reflect it. If you go for LED pool lighting and opt for fixed colors, consider the tile hue when you make choices.
#4 More Is Better with Pool Lighting
We’re speaking about the way light diffuses across the pool surfaces, and this effect is accomplished when you have an adequate number of lights in the pool. Think of it this way: If your pool has two incandescent lights, the light will shine like a couple of headlights in the pool. With more lights, the beam overlaps to create an even swath of light across the entire pool. So, with pool lighting, be careful not to skimp, otherwise you could get a spotlight effect rather than a smooth wash of light.
#5 Remember to Light Poolside Landscape and Pathways
Up-light feature trees and illuminate pathways with a muted glow. Landscape lighting complements pools and spa lighting, while accenting the structural features of plants so you can enjoy the outdoor space long after sundown.
Think Long-Term with Pool Lighting
There are a lot of options available for pool and spa lighting—and we encourage you to explore the latest LED and fiber optic systems. While the cost upfront might be more than traditional incandescent lighting, you’ll save on energy cost and pool maintenance because the newer LED and fiber optic lights last longer and require less care.
Pool Lighting is a Game Changer
Sophisticated pool and spa lighting doesn’t have to break the budget—and it’s an absolute game-changer that will take your pool from beautiful to unforgettable. Lighting triggers our senses and emotions—it sets the tone, and you can change lighting to suit the mood of a party or dial it down to relax and enjoy the pool and views.
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