How to light your pool for safety and style

By Ben Basch December 11, 2013


It’s important to keep your commercial facility’s lighting safe and attractive for swimmers. Poor visibility can lead to slips and a decreased ability to spot potential accidents in the water. If your site has been seeing decreased attendance, this may be the ideal time to reach out to pool construction services to learn how to light your pool to increase safety and style (and possibly savings).

Fulfill form and function
If you’re unfamiliar with your current setup, call in a local full-service pool company. These experts will be able to tell you about your situation and are knowledgeable in the rules and regulations regarding the lighting of commercial facilities. Different areas have different requirements, so you’ll want to consult with a professional before making any changes.

It’s better to err on the side of caution when dealing with something as important as lighting. You may want to think about installing a few more lights than is required when remodeling your site. This provides more visibility for swimmers and staff members. Consider adding more illumination in the pool, on the deck or both. Additionally, your area may require an automatic timer that turns on the nighttime lighting at a specific hour. If not, you’ll want to think about installing one regardless, since it will save work and ensure that the lights are switched on at exactly the right time.

Winter tends to be quiet season for pools, which means less business for pool services. This makes the frigid weather a perfect time for pool construction, since the experts will have plenty of time. You’ll have more time to consult with them and decide which lighting fixtures best fit your unique facility. Additionally, you won’t have to worry about the project taking too long, since swimming season will be a long ways off.

Before you meet with a pool contractor, brainstorm some lighting ideas based on style. Propose these plans to the professional, who will be able to tell you whether or not your layout is a viable option that keeps to regulations. This way, you’ll save time and the contractor will have plenty of suggestions.

This is also a great opportunity to invest in energy-efficient bulbs that can cut costs for your facility. Discuss which options have the most potential to save money and take time to assess which type would suit your facility.