You know how your kids are – they like to play outside in the evening. Whether it’s playing hide and seek with the kids in the neighborhood, or shooting baskets at the net attached to the garage, they like to be outside. You are about to build a new home with a swimming pool, and you know it will have to be well lit, so the kids can swim after dark. What type of lights are best?
According to Backyard Living, there are a number of factors which will determine the best lights for your pool:
Look at the pool itself. The configuration of the pool will determine how many lights are needed to provide adequate illumination. A rectangular pool will use fewer lights, and a pool with more curves will require more lights to cover the area. Also, take a look at the interior color of the pool you plan to build. A white plaster pool will require less illumination than a pool with darker colored walls.
What kind of lights? The incandescent light has been used in pools for years, but a newer option is to use LED lighting. A big factor in deciding to use LED is cost – while these type of lights last longer, they are also substantially more expensive than traditional lighting. An additional option is colored lights. It is suggested that the owner check out how those colored lights work with the pool design they have chosen. It might be that with dark colored walls, if the owner chooses blue lights, the illumination ability is greatly reduced. Make sure the lights will brighten the pool enough to be able to clearly watch the kids.
How many lights? This question depends on the combination of the configuration and interior of the pool mentioned earlier. If the pool is rectangular with white plaster walls, it will require fewer lights. It might be that a pool with a lot of curves, and dark interior walls might not be best suited to illuminate the pool for children to use at night. A big question in determining this – do you think you’ll be able to see the kids, especially when they duck underwater?
Think about the yard area. The pool owner might want to supplement the lights in the pool with landscape lights for the yard. You don’t want the kids to get out of the pool and be stumbling around in the dark stubbing toes, so a bright back yard will add to the ability to keep the kids safe at night. Bright patio lights will provide additional lighting for the area. The kids will likely get out of the pool and go out into the back yard, just like they would in daytime, so it might be helpful to put lights in the trees and around the back yard, to make sure the whole area is well lit.
Preferable choices for kids. For the pool owner who wants an exotic pool area, and will be entertaining adults, having a pool with dark interior walls, lit by a display of colored lights, might be a good choice. But for the pool that will mainly be occupied by your kids and their friends, it might be wiser to choose a pool that has white interior walls, is rectangular, and has a lot of lights. Those lights can be either incandescent or LED, depending on the budget. The use of dimmers can mute the lighting when it’s not in use, but allows the ability to turn the lights up brighter when the kids are swimming.
When Mom is watching the kids swim at night, she will smile and relax, comfortable that she can clearly see what’s going on.
While Patricia Hogenes works part time as an apartment leasing agent, her real loves are her 3 kids, and having fun at the family pool. She has been writing freelance articles 10 years, on topics as varied as law and legal matters, adolescent drug treatment, and health topics such as diabetes. She currently writes for Poolproducts.com.