Tips For Lighting Ponds and Pools

Whether a pond or water feature was installed to offer serenity or drown out urban sounds, why not enjoy it into the night as well with some well-placed outdoor lighting? Pools require lighting at night, not only for those night-time swims, but for security and safety of family and guests.

Whether you’re hosting parties or just want a relaxing environment to unwind, lighting your pond or pool will never leave you disappointed if you go to the experts at Nite Time Décor Oakville.

The great thing about lighting a pond or pool is that the eye is drawn out into the yard from the deck or patio. Adding pathway lights or lighting other features can not only provide safety, you can create a truly unique atmosphere or add ambiance to the overall feel of the space.

Pool Lighting Tips
The standby incandescent lights, one in the shallow and one in the deep end, are slowly fading. By far, the more popular option for underwater pool lighting are LED and fiber optics. These more advanced technologies are more expensive initially, but they use less electricity, require less maintenance, and will last longer. They have the added bonus of being available in different colours, or changing colours depending on your own desires. Want a red glow for Canada Day? LED or fiber optics can do that for you along with other visual effects.

When choosing a light colour for your pool, keep the colour of the pool liner in mind. Light surfaces tend to reflect light while darker colours absorb light.

Don’t forget to add light to the environment around the pool. Adding dimmer more subtle underwater lighting in the pool can be offset by using softer lighting to the surrounding landscaping features such as pathways, decks or trees. This will help create a truly unique look, but also attract light-loving bugs away from the water.

Pond Lighting Tips
There are two ways to light a pond: underwater or the exterior. If you want natural moonlight to light the pond surface, avoid using any underwater lights. Underwater lights can also be placed behind water features or sculptures instead of underneath for an extra pop to create a focal point. With underwater lighting, a little goes a long way.

Solar lights might be a great compromise with the softer light they cast in combination with a deep water light pointing at the surface of a pond. The light will catch the ripples on the surface and cast a glow over the entire space.

Be wise when choosing fixtures as you need components that are not only water tight but will last underwater. Fixtures that are submerged or in constant contact with water (from a waterfall for example) will fail if cheaply made or flimsy components are used. Use solid brass fixtures from a trusted source like Nite Time Décor Oakville. In the long run, you’ll be happier and save yourself a lot of headaches if you use a quality fixture the first time.

We’d love to answer your outdoor lighting questions or help you design a truly unique lighting plan. Contact our outdoor lighting experts to learn more about our lighting services or view our gallery of one-of-a-kind designs.