You’ve likely enjoyed using your swimming pool to host parties and relax with your family. But the fun doesn’t have to stop just because the sun has set.
You don’t have to depend on the back porch light and the glow from inside your pool to serve as your only light source.
Adding beautifully functional lighting elements to your pool area can make all the difference in wowing your guests and adding that much-needed element of safety.
Here, we have compiled a list of our top 10 ideas for lighting your pool area, which are our favorite lighting ideas for making your backyard feel like a true escape from the rest of the world.
Let’s face it, your pool deck is a busy place.
Keeping this area lit is important for people’s safety.
Adding lights that can spill light out over the deck is a wonderful way to add both function and safety. Consider whether there are any walkways leading to or leaving your pool deck area.
These paths can be difficult to traverse at night.
Have an outdoor kitchen?
It can be a challenge to try and figure out if the burgers on the barbecue are done when you can’t see. Fumbling with a flashlight doesn’t help the situation either.
Adding some functional lighting to your outdoor kitchen can make all the difference in the world when dinner is on the line.
Illuminating the landscape surrounding your pool and patio will set the mood and add beauty. By lighting the area around your pool, you will have better visual control over your surroundings.
A lighting designer’s goal is to bring soft, warmly toned lighting levels to your outdoor living space.
The idea behind lighting the landscape is to create a backdrop
If you are concerned that your new landscape is established enough to light, don’t worry. In the world of low-voltage lighting, the lights can be dialed into light features in a tailored fashion.
Are you a fan of the way tiki torches look, but tired of settling for poor quality?
High-quality tiki torches have all the fun of tiki torches without any of the downsides. Built from brass and copper, they are wired in with the rest of your low-voltage lighting system. With a wick that burns oil at the top of the torch and a light at the bottom to splash light onto the pool deck, you really get the best of both worlds.
Drying off by the fire after a dip in the pool, or to warm up on a cool evening, is exactly why fire pits are so desirable. Adding some lighting to your fire pit can really help make your lighting design feel complete.
Under the cap, lights worked into the stone illuminate the ground around your fire pit while also highlighting the beauty of the stone your fire pit is built from.
In addition, you can highlight your sitting area around your fire pit without any direct lighting.
The edge of your sitting wall or bench or chair can be accentuated with a small amount of light placed in the right location.
Any good lighting designer will tell you that the Jacuzzi should be kept quiet and private in terms of lighting.
The area surrounding the hot tub, however, is another story.
Your outdoor lighting system doesn’t have to be an all-off or on the situation.
Your outdoor lighting design can be broken up into different layers so you can turn the volume up or down depending on the setting.
For example, the landscape surrounding the pool deck can be turned on/off separately from the pool deck. Same with the lighting for the outdoor kitchen. All these lighting zones can be controlled by your phone through a smart app.
Are there any steps near your pool or patio?
It’s a good idea to have these lit for safety reasons. A slip or a trip wouldn’t be a fun way to end the pool party.
A tread light will recess right into the stair and spill light down onto the step below it. These lights will illuminate the steps without causing a hazard. Since the light is hidden within the step it also will be less noticeable during the day.
Moonlighting is accomplished by mounting a fixture up high (to a tree or house) and aiming down towards a patio area or other object being targeted.
In order to create a moonlight-type effect, a softer light with a wider beam spread will be placed in the light. This creates a soft-wash lighting effect not unlike moonlight.
Moonlighting provides a functional light that is still beautiful.
Patios and pool decks are wonderful places where the beautiful effects of moonlighting can be enjoyed to their fullest. A subtle light that enables you and your guests to interact without being distracted by bright lights is always ideal. The trick to immaculate lighting design is subtleness: less says more.
Bistro lights (often referred to as string lights) are wonderful for achieving a festive atmosphere.
Bistro lights hung around a patio or pool can quickly set the mood for the fun times soon to be had.
Functionally, bistro lighting is a wonderful application for outdoor use. They don’t have to be used strictly for entertainment. They can add functional light inside of pergolas, or over a pool.
The fun is really only limited to the imagination in terms of patterns and configurations for the way the strands are all laid out.
There are numerous ways lighting can be approached for your pool area.
The key to a successful outdoor lighting experience is tailoring your lights to your space and your needs. By combining different approaches, you can achieve a better overall effect.
Consider your unique setting, and how you enjoy using your outdoor space, and then let the rest fall into place.
At Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah, the art of outdoor illumination is a real passion we work to perfect. Designing elegantly bespoke landscape lighting systems is simply all we do.
For over 15 years, our award-winning team of designers and craftsmen have striven to bring the best outdoor lighting experience possible to people’s homes and businesses across the Wasatch Front and beyond.
Located in Midvale, Landscape Lighting Pro of Utah installs, maintains, and repairs lighting systems throughout Utah’s residential areas, including Salt Lake City, Park City, Draper, Davis, and Utah
If you are located in Utah and ready to start your transformation, call us at (801) 440-7647 for more information on how we can light up your pool!
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