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Can You Add Lights to a Pool?

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Pool lights are a great feature for any pool – letting you use your pool all night long! In this article, we take a look at why pools lights are a great feature, and how you can add them to your pool.

Why do I need pool lights?

For inground pools, lighting can be important for a number of reasons. On the aesthetic side, pool lights can add a subtle layer of sophistication, gently illuminating the pool without being garish or dominating the spectacle. The lights are beautiful whether you’re in the pool or not; you can be swimming in the glimmering water or you can simply admire it from afar – the visual benefits are clear to see.

Pool lights are also an effective and important safety feature; they can stop people accidentally falling into the pool at night, which can be easy to do if there’s no lights either in the pool or around it.

Why do you need pool lights?

 

Can I add lights to my pool?

Technically, yes. You can add pool lights to your existing pool, but it might mean that your pool needs to be remodelled, which requires a considerable amount of work. If you have an older pool, it could be a good chance to combine your need for lights with the need for a pool refresh.

If pool lights sound appealing to you, then it’s a good idea to have them installed during the construction of your swimming pool – as there will be large-scale construction works taking place anyway, the installation of lights will blend into the process.

How do pool lights work?

A common concern for people looking at buying pool lights is the combination of electricity and water. While this is an understandable concern, you don’t need to panic: pool lights are completely sealed, meaning the water won’t affect them and they don’t pose a risk to those in the water.  They also make use of a ground fault circuit interrupter (GCFI) which shuts off the power if any sort of leak is detected.

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How many lights do I need?

The amount of lights you need depends on the size of your pool. For larger pools, two is the minimum recommendation, with three lights being a common amount. Pools smaller than 30’ can be illuminated with a single light, but two lights may be preferable.

What types of pool lights are there?

There are three main types of pool light: LED, fiber optic and incandescent. LED lights are by far the most widely-used type of pool light, thanks to their brightness, their efficiency and their long lifespan. Fiber optic lights allow for colour changing options, but they are expensive and they lack the brightness of LEDs.

Incandescent bulbs were once the market leader, until the invention of LEDs and fiber optics. These lights are very bright, but they have a considerably shorter lifespan than LED lights, and they’re considered somewhat antiquated due to their low efficiency.


Pool lights are a wonderful addition to any swimming pool, for both aesthetic, practical and safety reasons. What’s important is that your pool lights are installed correctly, by fully trained and qualified engineers. Here at Burleson Pool Company, we’re proud to be leading pool builders for our valued customers in Huntsville and Birmingham Alabama AL, and Nashville Tennessee TN.

We build beautiful pools, infinity pools, freeform pools and much more – talk to us today and see how we can help you.

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