Do you have a pool? Does it need light? Is it for show, for security, for enjoyment? All of the above? Here we explain some of the challenges and we take you through some simple steps you can follow to best achieve your goal (and enjoy your pool!).
Outdoor pools are always fun to illuminate. Each is different and this creates some challenges. The situation, the size, the shape, the environment, the surrounding landscape, each brings a set of questions and solutions.
If your pool is set in a wide and open area, we favor direct lighting with path lights around the perimeter, associated with some well or bullet lights up-lighting on the taller trees in the background to create dimension and volume.
If your pool is surrounded with rockeries, we may choose indirect lighting on the rocks that create reflective light in the pool and on the beaches (kids are running, aren’t they?). This is a very effective way to light a rather large area without showing the fixtures. One or two lights may be set on the cascade plunging into the hot tub if there is one. This widens the size of the pool whether you or your kids and your guests use it to play or to relax.
If there are tall trees around the pool (i.e. cypresses, oaks, spruces) we can down light the entire bathing area creating a moonlighting effect that allows you to keep an eye on the perimeter while enjoying a soft and subtle ambiance.
If you have retaining walls (rocks, bricks, or a combination of both), we can use this feature to install deck lights (wires are run from the back through the wall so you do not see them).
Any light around a pool must be installed strategically to shine without blinding when you are in the water or when negotiating often fairly uneven stairs (best to let a professional guide you through this step).
Consider how and how often you use your pool. When do you use it? Are your kids safe when they run around or when they are in the water? Do you use the pool to entertain, to relax?
Look at the grounds. Do you have a set of rocks surrounding the area? Are there tall trees that may permit down-lighting? Did your landscaper include bushes that will give volume or will shine through?
Don’t be afraid… This is a fun project and starting early will let you enjoy the pool longer. You’re now ready! Call us! We are specialists, a dedicated outdoor lighting company and we will complete the design and do the work!