Whether you enjoy swimming laps, taking quick dips or simply lounging poolside, the benefits of having your own pool are almost limitless. But you can’t just put in a pool without also adding some pool lights. Continue reading to learn a little bit more about pool lights and why you should install them ASAP:
- Safety: The top reason to install pool lights is for safety purposes. Slips and falls are common when there’s little to no lighting. Additionally, swimmers can have trouble judging distances to walls and other objects if the pool is unlit. Be sure to light your entire pool deck for maximum safety.
- Nighttime use: Pool use shouldn’t stop when the sun goes down. Many swimmers, especially young children, want to stay in the pool for as long as possible. The only way to keep the party going is by adding pool lights both inside the pool and on the pool deck.
- Aesthetics: The right pool lights can turn a standard pool from “drab to fab.” With the right lights and help from a pro, you can make your pool area look stunning once the sun sets. Attractive lighting doesn’t just make swimming more enjoyable—it’s also great for late-night entertaining by the pool.
What are your lighting options?
You have two choices when it comes to pool lighting: halogen lights or LED lighting. While you could mix and match the two, we recommend sticking to one type to achieve a cohesive appearance throughout your pool.
Halogen lighting has been around for decades and has remained popular for its durability and energy efficiency. With an average lifespan of 2,000 to 4,000 hours, halogen lights won’t last forever, but that’s quite a long time before they need to be replaced. Halogen lights do tend to be expensive, though, which is their biggest downside.
In terms of longevity, it’s impossible to beat LED lights. LEDs have a lifespan of 50,000 hours and are also super low maintenance. Plus, LEDs provide more lighting at a lower wattage than halogen lights, which means they’re more energy efficient.
How many pool lights do you need?
A big question many pool owners have is how many lights they actually need. Installing too few lights can render the points we made above moot, while installing too many lights might be a waste of money. The main things to consider are your pool’s size, whether you have children and what mood you’re trying to set.
Larger pools obviously need more pool lighting than smaller ones. And any household with children should add extra lighting to the pool and deck for safety reasons. If you’d like to create a relaxing atmosphere or if you have a spa pool, consider installing color-changing LED lights that’ll help you de-stress after a long day.
Talk to A-1 Pools & Spas about your lighting today
Be sure your pool is ready for safe summer use by hiring A-1 Pools & Spas today. Give us a call to get a quote for your new pool lights or to learn more about the importance of pool lights.
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