Outdoor Lighting Ideas For Ponds, Pools, Hot Tubs And Other Water Features
Outdoor lighting isn’t limited to lawns and gardens. What about those water features that you love so much during the day? Adding some outdoor lighting to your pond, fountain, pool, or other water feature opens up many new opportunities for visual impact at night.
Water features are often focal points of yards, gardens, and patios and should be properly showcased! Highlighting your water feature can provide a beautiful backdrop for nights spent socializing or just soaking up the relaxing sounds of the water. Nite Time Décor Oakville provides you with landscape lighting design and services that you won’t forget. And neither will your friends – they’ll be talking about it for years to come!
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We have over 20 years of combined experience with creating unique-to-you landscape lighting designs. There are a lot of electrical wires involved with adding any type of lighting, which can be a fire hazard. On top of that, combining those wires with water can make for a very “shocking” experience. We are very knowledgeable about our products and can definitely help you find the lighting options that will bring out the best in your landscape and water features.
Submersible Lighting Adds Additional Layer of Drama To Water Features
Submersible lights are placed below the surface of the water in a basin and then directed back towards the body of water. Fountains look especially beautiful when this type of lighting feature is used. Adding submersible lighting creates a shimmery effect, as well as illuminating any fountain streams. This can look very magical and be quite awe-inducing when done properly.
You can even enhance the effect by adding colour filters to your submersible. This is a fantastic way to show off creativity, as well as add a vibrant, trendy effect to your landscape.
How To Keep Your Pool Safe At Night
Make your pool a warm and inviting location for a summer dip. Whether your pool is in-ground or above ground, outdoor pool lighting will create a look that is not only warm and inviting, but safe.
As noted above, submersible lights are common in pools and are often found at various intervals in the pool below the water line. These are a fabulous feature, but don’t let your imagination stop there!
Why not place lights in the planted areas around your pool? If you don’t already have some plantings around your pool, maybe this is the year to put some in! Place an ornamental tree in the yard with a four to five-foot planting bed around it. Place some lights in the planting bed and they will cast a warm glow into the pool water.
If you have large trees in your yard, why not place one of our down lights in them so they can shine directly on to your pool! Cool beans. The natural movement of the lighted leaves create fun shadows and other elements that help diminish the feel of the city in your back yard.
Tiki Lamps can give your pool the accent lighting that your backyard has been lacking, while providing a nice amount of light to see with. The great thing about tiki lamps is they don’t have to be lit every night, only when you need them, and can be moved around the yard if desired.
And of course, if you have a pool waterfall, you simply cannot neglect it.
Keep Your Pond Looking Its Best Even At Night
Lighting up a pond can be a tricky task. However, ponds are a special kind of feature of your commercial or residential yard that can look absolutely gorgeous when lit properly.
Perhaps the first thing people think of with a water feature at night is keeping everyone safe. But this can be easily achieved without sacrificing aesthetics. Of course you’ll want to make sure the perimeter of your pond is clearly visible at night, but how can we do that and still keep things looking amazing?
We can go back to the submersible lighting idea as outlined above. Placing lights in the pond looking up or into the centre of the pond can be quite attractive, particularly in combination with fountains and other features. The downside of this is that you won’t get the natural moonlight reflecting on the surface of the water. Less is often more with underwater lighting, so this is usually used in combination with fountains, waterfalls, and sculptures.
Again, like with the pool, you can place lights in the surrounding foliage to catch the movement of the leaves while still illuminating the edges of the pond or the surface of the water. Subtle white lights are a great choice here because ground level lights can cast a glowing reflection across the water or mimic moonlight when cast down from a nearby tree.
Lighting Water Features With Surrounding Landscaping
You don’t need to overdo it. Lighting around the edge of the pond, highlighting protruding rocks, or small channels is an important safety consideration that doesn’t have to be garish or harsh. Hiding lights among rocks around the pond can be a great way to provide subdued, but effective, lighting. Many restaurants or event halls with ponds tend to have bridges over the water. Place lights along the bridge to highlight the edges of the water while creating a romantic feel.
Coloured filters on the lights can also be quite nice. Subtle blues or yellows can provide natural tones to glow from the surface. A silvery blue is great for creating that moon on the surface of the pond look that’s so appealing at night.
Avoid colours that are too bright or bold, particularly for commercial properties.
Keep Your Hot Tub Looking Romantic Even After Dark
Hot tubs are becoming more and more affordable, but they’re another water feature that needs to be lit properly to keep friends and family safe. If your hot tub is on a deck or some other raised platform, be sure the change of levels and stairs is clearly visible.
Again, surrounding the hot tub with recessed lighting is a great idea that’s both subtle and safety conscious. Submerged lights in the hot tub, coloured or white, create an exotic and romantic feel after dark.
Don’t Neglect The Pondless Patio Fountains
Some of us don’t have the space or time to maintain a pond or pool, but we love the soothing sound of water particularly at night. Many of the commercial patio fountains come with lights, but if yours doesn’t, why not add a string of (outdoor-rated) string or fairy lights? Give your small fountain that ethereal or other-world look after dark and create a nighttime focal point on your patio!
Lighting Choices For Water Features
The standard incandescent lights are still available, however investing in LED lighting will result in fixtures that are more energy efficient and adaptable. With LED you can add colour filters more easily to change with the seasons or for special holidays.
Low voltage lighting combined with water features creates a subtle and appealing visual. It’s neither overpowering or glaring but still provides enough light to answer safety concerns. Use the surface of the water to reflect the light over a greater distance instead of high-powered lights. Low voltage will get the job done, and continue to encourage safety.
Don’t hesitate to contact us about your commercial or residential Oakville landscape lighting project. Contact Nite Time Décor today for your complimentary quote. You’ll be happy you did!