PEP Tips

10 Tips for Effective Pool & Spa Lighting

Pool and spa lighting adds dramatic impact to enhance the customer's backyard experience, leading to more enjoyment and more frequent use of the pool space for relaxation and swimming. Proper lighting design and placement are important factors to consider when creating the perfect pool experience.

Here are 10 tips for effective pool and spa lighting:

Tip #1: Consider the intended use of the pool when placing lights. For example, never place a light at the far end of a lap pool, or our Olympic hopeful customers may be temporarily blinded by swimming towards light beams!

Tip #2: One of the most important practices for nicheless LED light placement includes installing all lights evenly spaced along a wall and at the same depth. These should be installed at nine inches to 12 inches depth to ensure the best coverage area by each light.

Tip #3: Beach entry and sun shelf lights should be no less than four inches below water level.

Tip #4: Spa lights should be placed below the bench in the foot well.

Tip #5: For benches that run along the length of the pool, install lights six inches below the bench to reduce shadows.

Tip #6: When a pool is built parallel to the home, place lights on the house side, facing away from homeowners and guests, so that they won't be looking directly into what may appear to be spotlights. Using multiple lights along a wall (not facing the house) is a great way to obtain an even distribution of light throughout the pool, while reducing high intensity "hot-spots" and shadows

Tip #7: Always light safety areas. Be sure to light all entrances and exits, ladders, steps and handrails, for ease of use by anyone indulging in a late-night splash.

Tip #8: Light and medium color finishes on pools and spas are ideal for color-changing lights, while dark finishes benefit most from dimmable white lights. As a general recommendation, for every 150 square feet of pool, 20 Watts of color lights should be sufficient to dazzle and impress. Of course, more lights can be added, but always consider safety, performance and cost prior to designing your next lighting concept. Dark finishes can follow the same recommendation with dimmable white lights; 20 Watts for every 150 square feet.

Tip #9: Try to eliminate dark spots (blind spots) in areas caused by the design of the pool. Generally it is better to install additional lower wattage lights than fewer higher wattage lights. Adding more lights helps create an even glow.

Tip #10: Make sure all lights are on the same on/off circuit. If you are synchronizing lights, this is very important.

There's no better way to relax than with a swimming pool. With proper lighting design and installation, customers can make the most of their backyard investments well into the evening. With lit waterfalls, LED deck-jets and bubblers, everything synchronized and harmonized with the pool and spa lights, creating magical effects for equally fantastic evenings has never been easier.

Rocco Russo is Regional Trainer, East at Zodiac Pool Systems

    Safety Reminders about Electrical Shock Hazard

    Safety Reminders about Electrical Shock Hazard

    DO follow all NEC and local codes.

    DON'T take short cuts with regard to safety.

    DO consider both initial cost and long term spending.

    DON'T make electrical repairs you are not comfortable or qualified to do.

    DO inspect lights for operation and/or water intrusion quarterly.

    DON'T mix low and high voltage in the same raceway.

    DO test GFCI circuits frequently.

    DON'T assume the guy before you wired the job correctly.

    DO check for power prior to any electrical repairs.


    Courtesy: Zodiac Academy