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Putting a whole new light on how to illuminate your pool.
There are just so many creative options open to you when it comes to designing a pool. However while every swimming pool design differs from a geometric shape to an elaborate maze of lagoons and water features, the basic principles of lighting design remain the same.
It’s important to get the spread of light, right. The Spa electrics range of LED lights are some of the most powerful and effective underwater lights on the market today. One LED light will illuminate a large area. But it is recommended that more lighting should be used due to the loss of light over a greater distance.
The interior colour of a pool will have an equally dramatic effect on night time illumination. A general rule for this is the darker the interior colour of the pool, the more lights are needed to achieve the same result. A simple equation would be 1.5 lights should be installed in a dark pool for every 1 light for an equivalent light colour pool.
Now let’s get down to shapes. In a smaller geometric shape pool with limited intrusions, a single light is sufficient. You should position the light at the end of the pool to illuminate length. It will provide a bright and even illumination. Wherever possible, it’s always recommended to position lights central, on each narrow end of the pool opposing each other. This provides the best possible spread of light and by facing each other, ensures any obtrusion within the pool that may cast a shadow, will be illuminated by the opposite light. When it comes to illuminating the width of the pool, lights can be placed in a row and spaced evenly across.
What about illuminating steps, swim outs and ledges? Well, most pools have one or more of these. All are designed to increase pool safety and function. To assist in pool safety, it’s important to ensure that the safety features are illuminated at night while still providing even illumination throughout the entire pool. A general rule for illumination is to ensure that these lights are installed at a maximum depth of 300mm from the top of the pool, as steps and ledges are usually installed at a depth of 540mm. Mounting lights above the bench height ensures the area will be illuminated.
With swim out and ledges in smaller pools, a single light will do the job. In mid size pools, place steps at the narrow end of the pool. For this type of pool, install lights on the wide wall, closest to your house. This will provide even illumination due to reflections and by installing the lights at a depth of approx. 300m; it will ensure the steps are adequately lit. If you’re illuminating ledges in pools over 10m, position the lights at a depth approx 300m. While it will generate a shadow, it will increase the safety of the pool at night.
There so many creative possibilities with bringing your pool to life with special lighting. At Albatross Pools, we’ll provide you with some great ideas and tips on how to make it all happen. Just drop in and have a chat to any member of our team. We guarantee it will be time well spent.