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With no lights installed, fun pool activities are usually limited to daylight hours due to visibility and safety concerns. Proper lighting will allow you not only to take a refreshing plunge into the pool at night, but will also transform the appearance of the pool area and make water sparkle with light and color. Nighttime illumination also has a significant safety advantage. Borders of the pool and the water level can be clearly seen and in case of an accident, there all the conditions necessary to go to the rescue of the swimmer.
Pool lighting has come a long way in the last few decades. The days when the only option of a pool owner was to attach a spotlight to the wall closest to the pool causing an unpleasant glare are long gone. Today, night swimmers have a multitude of options, one of the best being the LED pool light. Many strengths of the LED are useful to pool lighting, including lower maintenance levels, longer lifetime, less battery drain, lower power consumption per lumen and more usable lumens per watt.
With LED pool lights, you can achieve either white or colored lighting effects. They use an insignificant amount of electricity but can provide a full array of wonderful colors. By turning the switch, you can set the light to a certain color or make it slowly change from one color to another, getting immersed in the color similar to visitors of ancient Egyptian, Indian, Chinese and Greek healing temples of light and color.
Colored lighting looks especially great if the pool surface is white, because colors produce a striking effect when contrasting with the white color. In a similar way, a white LED light would be perfect for colored surfaces because colored lighting would not mix so well with colored lights.
LED pool lights also range in voltage. Most of them match your home's 120-volt system, but 12volt appliances are also popular. These low voltage models are safe and do an excellent illumination job. Installing just one LED light is enough for most swimming pools but if the length of your pool exceeds 38 feet, consider getting two low-voltage lights.
Before choosing a LED pool light, make sure that the cord can reach the outlet. Cords range from 30 to 250 inches and average 100 inches, so measure the distance from the outlet to determine the minimum length of the cable.
Whether you would like to creatively illuminate your pool area for ambience or enhance the safety of your pool activities, LED lighting will accomplish both tasks and will also highlight the most prominent features of your aquatic environment.