If you have put in a pool, you may be excited about using it. You might even be already planning on having a Fourth of July barbecue. The scene might even be very vivid in your mind’s eye. Imagine inviting your friends and relatives and possibly neighbors. Everybody’s enjoying the football game on the TV. You’re grilling hotdogs or ribs, or the barbecue. People are sloshing around in the pool. Many of them with a beer in their hands. What’s not to love?
This is, of course, the quintessential Fourth of July, all-American celebration. This happens in millions of homes throughout the United States in the middle of summer.
As you probably already know, things usually don’t pan out as well as you plan them. At the same time, you have all the details of the daytime celebrations down cold, what happens when it gets dark. Believe me. A day sooner or later will give way to darkness. Day, after all, is followed by night.
You have to have the right pool lighting options.
Unfortunately, many homeowners think that their back yard or back porch lighting is enough for the job. It’s not true. Your pool requires its own set of lighting. We’re not just talking about the light shown from the top-down, or some posts, or the external structure of your house. While these do a great job of lighting the exterior space, it will do a halfway decent job of making your pool look best.
Let’s put it another way. You spend thousands of dollars getting a pool put in. It took quite a bit of planning. It definitely could take quite a bit of sacrifice. It really would be a shame to put in lighting that doesn’t do justice to just how incredible the water is. You have to look at not just overhead lighting but also in-pool or underwater pool lights.
These two have to go hand in hand. These two have to be well coordinated. The overall lighting effect that is produced highlights whatever is fantastic about your pool. At the very least, it should create some mood or ambiance, so everybody has a good time. How exactly do you pull this off? First of all, you have to separate the different types of lighting involved.
Traditional overhead pool lighting
This is crucial. You have to have light sources from overhead. This means that at the back of your home, there have to be several points of light from an overhead start.
Maybe this is a post. Perhaps these are drilled into or wall facing your pool or surrounding it. Whatever the case may be, they are a few feet above the ground. In most cases, they are a few feet above your head.
Ground-level pool lighting
As you walk around your pool, it’s a good idea to have some ground-level lighting. These are lighting fixtures buried into the tiling, the concrete, or the raw ground around your pool.
In addition to making sure that nobody slips up or falls into the pool, these can have a nice decorative effect when well laid out. Also, there are many different options for lighting. You don’t necessarily have to use traditional lighting, which can cost a lot of money. You can use LEDs.
This is where the best effects come in. These are the lights that are built into the walls of your pool. Since you don’t want to electrocute yourself, your family members, or any of your guests, it’s a good idea to make sure that these are put incorrectly.
“Generally speaking, when you are getting a pool done, in-pool lighting is actually part of your pool’s overall design.” Stated a rep from All American Pool and Spa. “In most cases, this is engineered into your pool’s overall design options, so your pool looks like a cohesive whole.”
Put, the lighting is not some afterthought. It’s not some additional detail that you add after the pool is done. If you were to do that, the pool is not going to look as good at night. Also, there might be safety issues. You don’t want to electrocute anybody.
The solar option
Solar lighting is always an option. Generally speaking, as far as pool lighting goes, these usually take the form of overhead lighting. You would have a solar panel, and it would be wired to the overhead mounted lights surrounding your pool.
If designed right and if you use the right pieces, it’s not obvious to your guests that the lighting they’re getting is generated by solar energy. All bets are off when it comes to in-pool lighting, however. In such a case, you need a larger solar panel. You have to set up a battery system so that your solar setup powers your pool lights at all levels. This takes quite a bit more doing. It also costs a few more dollars.
However, if you are looking for a comprehensive compact and well managed solar energy system for your pool lighting, this is the way to go. You don’t want to do things piecemeal because you might be dealing with different methods that have additional maintenance requirements. You might have to spend a few extra dollars on proper wiring.
Coordinating can be a headache. It’s much better to get all of this in one go. You sit down with the pool designer and your contractor and hammer out the details so the lighting, as well as the pool construction, go hand in hand.
You end up with a very well-lit and excellent looking pool.