Light Up the Night:
Enhancing Pool Safety and Ambience with Pool Area Lights
Owning a pool
involves a lot more than just cleaning and maintaining the water inside. The
pool area—both in and around—is your responsibility, even more so if you have
children or invite guests over to swim. One critical safety element that
requires special attention is lighting.
people swim during the day, the pool can be even more inviting and alluring in
the evening and at night. However, if there are no lights around the pool, it's
impossible to swim safely. Fortunately, today’s selection of interior and
exterior pool lighting is relatively affordable and
easy to install, helping make your pool as safe (and enjoyable) as
possible—even after dark. Today, we’re diving into the various types of pool
area lights to light up your backyard with safety, fun, and unforgettable
Types of Pool Area Lights
There are two
primary types of pool lights you can have: interior and exterior.
lights are designed to illuminate the water and make it safe to swim in the
dark. Typically, these lights are installed in the siding, and they can either
be just below the water line or on the bottom of the pool (or both).
The benefit of
interior pool lights is that you and your guests can see the bottom and the
edges while swimming. Otherwise, it would be easy to crash into these hard
surfaces, causing injury and liability claims. Typically a swimming pool will
come with inside pool lights standard, but less expensive models may not.
choosing your own and knowing where to put them. It's imperative that the walls
of a pool be properly illuminated so that no one will hit it and cause injury,
and the areas around ladders and other obstructions should also be well-lit.
Do not rely
simply on the pool lights that may be installed in your pool already but take
an objective look at the entire structure. J&J Electronics Pool Lights
offer a range
of industry-leading interior pool lights that are both energy efficient and
customizable for your safety and entertainment needs.
lights are situated around the pool and illuminate spaces like walkways,
patios, and even your backyard. These lights are also necessary so you and your
guests can find their way around the pool safely, especially when the ground is
wet. Think of landscape lighting
, like solar lamps, that
line a walkway and other lamps around steps. Remember that you may be very
accustomed to the steps or size of your deck, but visitors are not! Add to your
pool lights by using lanterns, wall fixtures, and other elements that will keep
everything properly illuminated and, therefore, safe.
lights are much easier to install because they can be self-sufficient and don't
necessarily have to connect to your home's electrical grid. Interior lights are
more challenging because you must partially drain the pool to install them
correctly. Also, since they're mounted into the siding, they need to connect to
the grid and be waterproof.
You appreciate your pool during those hot summer days, but what about during the evening? Using the right pool lights will mean being able to use the pool at any time. With a range of efficient, affordable, and customizable options, you can easily add personalized ambiance and atmosphere to your pool area.
Try different colored pool lights for a different setting and to add some flair to the backyard. They can make the entire area seem like a fun party or a posh nightclub. Floating pool lights can also add some personality, and they can make the area safer for use at night.
If you add additional lighting beyond the standard wall lighting, you may be able to use the area during the evening more often, as it will be safer and more inviting. The MagicStream Laminar LED Lights
(pictured below) offer a fun yet practical ambiance to any pool area.
Assessing the Current Lighting Around Pool
pool will already have lighting installed. If not, you can still install them
without breaking the bank. For above ground pools
, it may be a little easier to
find lights since you don't have to build much infrastructure around them.
determining which pool lights you need, inspect and assess any lights you
already have. In some cases, your pool's lights may need upgrading or
renovation to work correctly. In other instances, you may just need new bulbs
or wiring to make them brighter and safer.
how you will control the lighting around the pool. Typically, for interior
lights, they should be connected to a switch so you can turn them on and off as
necessary. Exterior lights may be solar-powered or come on automatically,
especially if they're self-contained.
Adding New Lights Around Pool
new pool area lights for safety, you should hire a professional to inspect your
current setup. A pro will be able to tell you how many lights you need and
where to place them for maximum safety and security.
Another aspect to
consider is that you want the lights to be bright enough to illuminate your
pool and the surrounding area but not so bright that they look too sterile or
uninviting. If possible, you may want to install a dimmer switch to control the
brightness. This option is also helpful because you can adjust the lighting as
it gets darker outside.
Swim Safely with Pool Supply
should always be a priority, and lighting can go a long way toward making your
pool safer. Knowing which lights to have and how to install them can make the
process much easier and more straightforward. At Pool Supply Unlimited, you’ll
find a complete selection of interior and exterior pool lights and landscape
lighting to keep your backyard well-lit and ready for guests. Browse our
selection today to stock up on your safety-improving accessories. And as
always, happy swimming!