Outdoor lighting is another safety feature every swimming pool needs. To provide sufficient lighting, both underwater lights and perimeter lights should be installed. While incandescent and halogen quartz pool lights of both 120-volt (at 300 or 500 watts) and 12-volt (at 100 or 200 watts) are still on the market, fiber optics offer a better choice. With fiber optic lights, there’s no electricity near the water, maintenance is easy because the light is accessible (specifically, it’s not underwater), and for a little something different, a color wheel can be added to the remote light source. Even basic pool lights now offer owners the ability to quickly change from standard white illumination to colored lighting with snap-on lenses.
Traditionally, a single incandescent light is located at the pool’s deep end, 18 inches to 4 feet below the surface. Nicheless lights, which attach directly to the pool walls, are one option to consider for this. If the pool has been designed with the deep end nearest the house, the glare from the underwater light created by waves and splashing is directed away from the house. But if the glare is directed toward the house, you can install a dimmer in the circuits design known as niche lighting.
To add lighting around the pool’s perimeter, a decorative strip of fiber optic lighting can be use to frame the pool in light and also works well on steps.
Dazzle Your Pool With Lighting