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Friday, November 3, 2017

Create a Perfect After Dark Getaway

Create a Perfect After Dark Getaway

Since daylight hours are consumed with work, there is not much time left for swimming. That does not have to stop you from enjoying your pool. Adding pool lighting will expand your swimming time. By adding lights to your pool you will also create a beautiful addition to your garden. Your pool will no longer be a black void in the back yard once the sun goes down.

The type of pool that you have will govern what type of lights that are available to you. If you have a vinyl pool you are limited to surface lights. These lights are mounted to the side of the pool and will protrude some. The amount the light protrudes will depend on the brand of lights you choose. For Concrete or Fiberglass pool there are a few more options. You may choose the surface mounted lights or you can opt for flush mounted lights. Flush mounted lights are set into the side of the pool so that only the lens protrudes. It is always wise to consult with your pool specialist to help decide which lights are best for your pool.

Your next decision is what type of light source you want to use. The two most common types are Halogen and LED. Both typed will light are suitable for underwater lighting. That is where the similarities end. The LED light does on use a globe (or bulb) and does not require globe changing. The LED will last for long periods of time, but when the LED light does need to be changed the entire light must be changed. It takes very little energy to operate LED lights, which will save on power consumption. To know how long a LED light will last ask a lighting specialist or builder how many hours of burn time to expect.

Halogen lights on the other hand, will require globe changing. The halogen globe's life span is much shorter. The amount of time between globe changes will depend on the brand. Fortunately, only the globe will need to be changed. The disadvantage of halogen lights is that they use 75% more power than the LED lights.

Your lights must be water cooled at all times, meaning that they must stay submerged to avoid damage. Make sure that the lights are positioned properly. They need to be easily accessible for maintenance. The recommended depth is between 300-400mm below the coping. Burn your pool lights at least 15 minutes per week to remove excess moisture and increase the life span of the globe.

Fiber-Optic light are much less common in pool lighting. The actual light source does not have to be underwater. This will eliminate all bulb changing and waterproofing.

Adding lights to your pool will not only make it more appealing and extend swimming time, it will add value to your property.

When adding lighting or any other accessory to your pool, consult with a pool specialist when making decisions.

Nicholas Ayres is a Perth concrete pool builder who also provides spas, water features, pool fences and landscaping services.