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How To Choose The Right Lights For Your Swimming Pool

By on Apr 7, 2014
How To Choose The Right Lights For Your Swimming Pool

The only way to really take advantage of your pool, both during the day and at night, is by installing colorful and soothing lights all around. All pool owners will have to choose between halogen, fiber optic or LED pool lights. Let’s see which pool lights are best for you and your significant other.

Note: Pool lights are one of the more expensive purchases you’re going to make when it comes to your pool accessories. They are also very tough to switch. Do not rush this decision.

Halogen Pool Lights

Halogen lights used to be the most popular pool lights, but as times have evolved, so have available pool lights. Halogen lights can be installed in above ground and inground pools. Just like some of the other options discussed, they are affordable and can easily light up your entire pool (or not if you are setting the mood).

The biggest drawback of halogen lights is their efficiency. They are not energy efficient and LED lights are said to use about 80% less energy than halogen lights. Additionally, you will have limited options when it comes to colors.

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LED Lights

LED Pool Lights

LED lights are the most popular lighting option today. They shine bright, have plenty of colors, are durable and perhaps most importantly, they are energy efficient. As I said above, they use about 80% less energy than other pool lights.

LED lights can be added to either pool type and are popular with floating pool lights for above ground pools. They are very bright and depending on your pool size, you may only need one LED light. The same can’t be said for halogen or fiber optic lights.

When compared to fiber optic lights, LED pool lights are much cheaper and according to Swimming Pool Supplies, they can last anywhere from seven to 15 years.

A fallback comes when you have to change the bulbs. You will have to remove the sealed housing unit and take it above water. The entire process for changing the bulb could take up to 30 minutes. Some homeowners may have an issue holding lights within a pool and if so, you should contact a pool contractor in your area.

Fiber Optic Lights

Fiber Optic Pool Lights

We have come to the Grand Poobah of pool lights that can set the mood or enhance your swimming experience. Fiber optic lights come a wide array of colors and can be easily installed under water, around your pool or within a waterfall. Perhaps the greatest advantage of fiber optic lights is the simplicity in replacing them. They are frequently placed above the pool in a dry box. All you have to do is open the box and change the bulb. It’s much faster than changing LED bulbs.

When it comes to cost and durability, LED wins out. Fiber optic lights require a hefty fan to cool the bulb down. This comes with an extra cost. Also, compared to the 15-year lifespan of an LED light, fiber optic lights rarely make it past seven.


Pool lights may be one the more expensive pool items you purchase, but they can have the greatest effect in your swimming experience. Whether you want to take a dip at night or set a romantic evening with your significant other, pool lights is one decision you should never overlook.

If you are thinking of adding a romantic touch to your home, see what it cost to install a swimming pool.

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