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Pool Lighting Design Ideas

Posted on: May 15, 2014

Pool lighting is one of the most impressive outdoor lighting projects you can take on and can totally change the look and feel of your backyard. Pool lighting is also a great way to show off your creativity, and your lighting system can be customized to create any mood you can think of. The following are some of the best pool lighting tips we’ve found, but don’t be afraid to think outside the box!

Pool Lighting Design Tips

Use a Lot of Light

Some people may be used to having only one light at the deep end of the pool and a few at the shallow end. While this is certainly an option, it’s not a hard rule! Try adding more light throughout until you get the effect you want.

Keep Pool Lights out of People’s Eyes

If you have a sitting area on one side of the pool, make sure you point your pool lights away from it. Pool lights tend to be especially bright, so they should be installed facing opposite where people might be sitting.

Even Out Your Lights

Using too few lights, or having lights that only face one direction, can create shadows that highlight flaws in your pool’s liner or surface. Shining lights from multiple directions will eliminate these shadows and make the bottom of your pool look flawless.

Choose Colors that Match Your Pool Liner

The color of your pool liner will make a dramatic impact on how the pool looks, day and night. Light colors reflect light and dark colors absorb it, so go light if you want your pool to look bright and exciting at night and choose dark if you want a more subdued landscape.

If You Want Great Pool Lighting, Invest in the Best

Pool lighting is one of those projects that many people either put off or try to cut corners on. But if you want a pool that you can really get a lot out of, we recommend spending the extra money. Even though the upfront costs may be higher, you’ll be able to enjoy your investment for years to come.

Pool Lighting Safety Tips

Back in April, a young boy in South Florida was electrocuted by a faulty pool light while swimming in his family’s pool. Reportedly, the light had been fixed by a contractor the year prior.

While incidents like this are exceedingly rare, we want to use this as an example of why you should always work with an electrical company you can trust. Lighting isn’t the only danger zone in the pool—other potential hazards include:

  • Aging electrical wiring
  • Sump pumps, power washers, and vacuums that are not grounded
  • Electrical appliances with extension cords near the pool
  • Lack of ground-fault circuit-interrupter (GFCI) outlets

At Kolb Electric, your safety is our highest priority. We will acquire all necessary permits prior to your pool wiring job, then finish off with a detailed inspection so you can enjoy your pool or hot tub without having to worry. We also recommend having your pool’s electrical system inspected once a year.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission has a detailed list of pool safety tips to prevent electrocution:

  • Know the location of your pool’s switches and circuit breakers in case you need to shut them off quickly
  • Do not enter the pool or pool deck before, during, or after a thunderstorm
  • Have your pool inspected by a qualified electrician to ensure it is up to local and national codes
  • Make sure all wires and junction boxes are installed at least 5 feet away from the pool.
  • Use GFCI outlets where required by the National Electric Code (NEC), and be sure to test the outlets monthly.
  • Do not use extension cords in or around the pool.

If you’re thinking about installing pool lighting in Maryland, Virginia, or Washington, DC, call Kolb Electric! We can design a beautiful, long-lasting, and safe pool lighting system that you can enjoy for years.

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