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Wednesday, 10 December 2014 04:44

See The Light

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See The Light

Beautiful and practical, the right lighting can transform a pool, creating a stunning atmosphere and allowing you to enjoy your outdoor area at any time of the day or night. Chelsea McIntyre investigates the options available to light up your pool.

Whether you are installing a new pool or is no electricity running through the light upgrading an existing one, it is important to consider the type of lighting you will use to illuminate the area. A well-lit pool not only creates a spectacular garden feature, it is also an important element to improve the safety of swimming in and moving around the pool at night.

A busy lifestyle may limit most of your swimming time to the evening, meaning an adequate amount of pool lighting is essential. Pool lighting also allows you to be creative with positioning, style and colour to create an amazing ambience.

Pool lighting is one of the more expensive purchases you will make when selecting your pool accessories. As it can be a big task to switch over to a different style of lights, it is very important not the rush the initial decision.

Advancements in technology over recent years have led to an increase in options for pool lighting. Although this provides more variety, it can make it difficult to decide which is right for your outdoor area. The popular lighting styles listed below outline some of the options available to ensure you’re not left in the dark when deciding on your pool lighting.

LED LIGHTS

Light-emitting diode (LED) lighting can initially be a more expensive option for pool lighting. However, the energy-efficiency benefits of LED lights can save you money in the long-term. Once an LED bulb burns out, the entire light will need to be replaced. On the bright side, LED lights are long-lasting, with an average lifespan of 50,000 hours. This makes LED lights a great choice if you are planning to keep your pool frequently illuminated.

The light produced by LED globes is bright and vibrant, meaning your pool can be illuminated effectively with fewer lights. If you are wanting to turn your pool into a decorative feature, LED lights are the ideal choice. LED lights are available in changeable colours that can be remote-controlled to flood your pool in a variety of hues.

HALOGEN LIGHTS

Halogen lights have been the traditional choice for pool lighting for many years. They have evolved over time and can be installed in both above-ground and in-ground pools. Halogen lights are cheaper to purchase than LED lights, although they are much less energy-efficient.
As halogen bulbs burn at a higher temperature, they need to be replaced every year or so. However, unlike LED lights the bulb can be changed without needing to replace the entire light. Halogen lights have a more intense glow, similar to a directed torchlight, which may be a preferable choice depending on the atmosphere you wish to create in your pool.

FIBRE-OPTIC LIGHTS

Fibre-optic lights produce a subtle, shimmering glow and come in an array of colours. As there cable, they are a very safe choice and can be installed underwater, around a pool or within a water feature.

Fibre-optic lights are relatively long-lasting and the bulb is located above the water surface in a ‘dry box’, making it a quick procedure when the time comes to change it. Although fibre-optic lights don’t have the same level of brightness as other lighting options, they are great if you wish to experiment with unique designs, such as imitating the reflection of a star-lit sky on the surface of your pool.

SOLAR LIGHTS

Although solar lights are usually not as bright as other pool lighting options, they offer an attractive and cost-effective way to enhance your outdoor area. Solar lights operate with a solar collector that collects sunlight to recharge the battery sealed inside the light’s waterproof case.

Solar lights can be installed around the edge of a pool or floated on the surface of the water, either anchored in one location or floating freely. As solar lights rely on the sunlight, this can limit their effectiveness. During a cloudy day, they may not charge completely to provide an adequate amount of light.

FLOATING LIGHTS

Floating pool lights are similar in appearance to floating solar lights, but are illuminated by a battery-powered LED light that requires a charger. Regular LED floating lights tend to be more expensive than the solar-powered alternative, although they can be a better option if you live in an area with limited sunlight during the day.

CHOOSING THE RIGHT LIGHTS

As lifestyles become busier, ample lighting is one of the most important elements of building a new pool or renovating an existing one to ensure you can enjoy swimming at any time. Pool lighting also creates a fantastic opportunity to complement your pool with the rest of your outdoor accessories and landscaping.

Every homeowner has different design requirements and budget restrictions to follow, so there is not a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach when it comes to pool lighting. Once you have considered all the options available, it is crucial that you talk to an expert to gain a professional opinion on the best lighting to meet your needs.

Whether your pool is new or renovated, an industry expert will be able to outline any limitations and discuss the options that will best suit your budget, your lifestyle and your pool.

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