Do you want to upgrade the pool lighting of your San Diego area home for the summer?
In the United States there are over 10.4 million residential and 309,000 public swimming pools. This is likely an effect of swimming being the fourth most popular activity in the United States. Plus swimming helps keep you cool and feeling refreshed during the summer.
If you have a pool at home you should also consider your pool lighting situation. Low voltage LED landscape lighting will not only improve the looks and value of your pool, but it’s also a great tool for keeping all evening swimmers safe.
Make Your San Diego Pool Magical with Floating Lights
One of the best uses of modern pool lights is to let them float on the surface of the water. You can find a variety of floating pool lights in the San Diego area. They often come in the shape of light balls, much like floating moons or flowers.
This type of pool light won’t only add aesthetic light to a dark pool at night. It can also act as a toy for your night swimmers when they get bored with the typical pool games. Depending on their size, they can also function as other types of lights.
You can also use them on your ponds, gardens, fountains or more. When you buy floating pool lights make sure to get one that has full waterproof features. Weatherproofing can also keep them safe, even if you leave them out in a storm or heavy rain.
Use Colorful Pool Lighting to Create a Specific Aesthetic
Do you want to add light, a different kind of vibe, or energy to your backyard pool? One of the best pool lighting types is a set of pool lights that can change color. It’s a smart use of color psychology, especially if you want to evoke a specific type of mood.
If you want to set up a date in the backyard to celebrate an anniversary with your partner, you can set your pool lights to emit bright and warm colors, like yellow, orange and gold. This type of color combination best matches warm-colored fairy lights.
If you’re holding a small pool party you can set the pool lights to flash and switch between neon colors. It can create an illusion of being in the club. If you’re hosting a more toned down party you can set the colors and flash in your pool to more relaxed colors.
Do you want to make a relaxing sight out of your pool on a quiet night for reading outside? Set the pool lights to a cool color. You can even set them to match the hues of bioluminescent algae for a more magical-looking pool.
Change All Your Lights to Low Voltage LED Pool Lights to Save on Energy Costs
Do you want to keep your pool lit up in the evening but are afraid of using up too much energy? With low voltage LED lighting you can breathe easier knowing that you’ll have lower usage costs; something most will welcome considering the higher cost of living in San Diego.
Compared to an incandescent bulb, a low voltage LED pool light can cost only a penny a day. The incandescent bulb will cost you up to a dollar each day in comparison.
Low voltage LED lights also use up to 75% less energy and heat because they need a lower wattage. A 30-watt LED light and a 200-watt incandescent bulb emit the same brightness. Yet, LED lighting will cost you less because it consumes fewer watts.
Low voltage LED lights are brighter than incandescent lights at lower wattage. It means you can increase the lighting in your pool without spending more. A 12-watt LED flood lamp over your pool can emit the same brightness as a 50-watt incandescent bulb.
Be Strategic About Lighting Around the Pool
Your lighting doesn’t always have to focus on lighting up the inside of the pool. You can also use lights to create ambiance lighting to add luminosity around the pool. Even a single string of waterproof strip lights around the pool can make a huge difference.
You can also add strip lights on the outer rim of the pool edge instead. This time your goal is to add illumination to the pathways around the pool. This helps increase nighttime pool safety.
Use Pool Lights to Create Artificial Moonlight in Your Backyard in San Diego
Moonlighting is a night-time lighting technique used to emulate how the moon illuminates space. With this type of outdoor lighting technique, you try to be as subtle as possible. Most people try to layer their lights by placing them on trees, gazebos or roofs in the backyard of their San Diego home.
However, if you only have limited ways of adding light from above, you can also use your pool. The technique for this is to point an outdoor light on the surface of the water. The goal is to have the light reflect off the water to imitate the moon shining on its surface.
Moonlighting your pool is a great technique if you have a great backyard landscape. It can enhance the viewer’s evening viewing experience in your backyard or garden. You can learn more about moonlighting and its uses here.
Before Buying, Look for Compatible Lights
The last of our lighting tips is to check the compatibility before you buy cool pool lights. Even though some pools have 120V systems, sometimes 120V lights won’t work well with them. In contrast, if you’re lucky, your pool is compatible with most lighting systems.
Check for compatibility with your pool first. This way you don’t need to go through the trouble of returning the lights.
Do you have trouble finding installable lights that fit your pool system? If this is the case, it’s time to switch to floating pool lights.
Illuminate Your San Diego Pool for the Summer
We hope that these pool lighting tips prove useful and helpful to you.
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