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A lighted pool is a pool that can be used for more hours of the day and for more days of the year. Pool lighting keeps the pool visible after dark, too. Of course it looks fantastic, but it also makes the pool safer; it’s easier to see and therefore harder to stumble into! Finally, pool lighting makes the ever popular, ever wonderful after-dark pool party both possible and memorable.
As you undoubtedly know, electricity and water don’t mix. That’s one of the reasons why underwater lighting has to be considered as part of the design of the pool. It’s got to be safely installed and correctly designed to protect both the swimmers and the pool. Albatross pools has formed a partnership with Spa Electrics, a leading Australian manufacturer of LED swimming pool lights. Spa Electrics has been manufacturing pool lights for the Australian market for more than 30 years. We will install Spa Electrics LED underwater lights when we build your pool.
Why did we choose Spa Electrics? Their LED lights are efficient and long lasting, with a 50,000 hour life expectancy for each globe — that’s much greater than the industry standard. They are designed with clear rims and installed flush so that the light will spread evenly throughout the pool, not just directly in front of the position of the light, but around the sides, as well. They’re high quality LEDs with cooling built-in, so that they’ll keep functioning at maximum efficiency. They are expertly matched in their colour range and intensity, so your pool lighting will always look even and professional. Finally, Spa Electrics lights, unlike lower quality pool lights, are designed to be repairable. If a bulb needs to be changed or if there’s a problem with one of the lights, the fixture can simply be disassembled and fixed; it won’t need to be replaced.
Most of our customers opt for lights that are located on the wall closest to the house; that way, the side of the pool that they can see from the windows will be softly and evenly illuminated, with no light fixtures showing. The fact is, the lights work with the coloured pool interior and the water to create the overall after-dark look of the pool. Spa Electric lights are designed to work with the blue tones in the water and the pool interior to produce the maximum possible luminosity with a minimum of energy use.
For more information on the lighting system that comes with Albatross pools, refer to the Spa Electrics brochure, which is available as a pdf and can be downloaded from our website.
You’ll probably want to have exterior lights around your pool, as well. It’s a basic requirement for getting around your property after dark, and the pool would be a hazard without them; though the water might be illuminated, you still don’t want to trip into it! Of course, the exterior lighting deserves some thought; it might be wall mounted on the house and/or on a canopy, alfresco or deck. Alternatively, the exterior lights could be mounted on the pool fence or on poles. They might be in the form of bright spotlights or strings of durable, high output fairy lights. There are so many possibilities; safety is the number one concern, but the aesthetic possibilities are both endless and exciting.
Designing exterior pool lighting is much like designing the lighting for a room, and it’s definitely worth considering which spaces will be used most heavily after dark and which should be lighted for security reasons. Most people have a pretty good idea about what they want for exterior lighting around the pool area, and landscape designers and contractors are certainly willing to help and offer advice, as needed. Don’t forget to give serious consideration to this issue.
Pool lighting, both underwater and around the pool area, is a key part of the overall design of the pool. We’ll discuss it with you when the other major decisions about pool size, shape and location are made, and you can rest easy knowing that the Spa Electrics lights we use are absolutely top quality.