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Everything about pool lighting

Inspiration and information for a beautifully lit pool
Are you building a new in-ground or above-ground pool? Or are you giving your existing pool a makeover? Maybe you're still exploring? On this page you will find all the information about pool lighting conveniently together.

Whether you are dreaming of your first dip in a beautifully lit pool under the stars, or looking for practical tips for renovating your current pool lighting, we are here for you. With a comprehensive overview of the latest trends, technologies and tips, we make sure that your pool is not only functionally lit, but also has an attractive look.

Pool lighting is more than just a bulb in the water. It's about creating the perfect atmosphere, safety in and around the pool and, of course, functionality. Whether you choose subtle underwater lighting, colorful LEDs or classic spotlights, each choice adds to the experience of your pool.

We understand that choosing the right lighting for your pool is a personal choice. That's why we've conveniently gathered all the information you need in one place. From the basics of pool lighting to the latest trends and from installation tips to maintenance advice, you will find it all here.

Take your time to delve into the possibilities and get inspired. Your dream pool is closer than you think!

Dive into the world of pool lighting
With pool lighting you transform your pool into an atmospheric and safe place during the evening hours. But there is more under the sun when we talk about pool lighting. For example, there are various lighting solutions for all kinds of pools, ranging in lamp types, power supplies and brands. After reading through this page, you'll be fully informed about the pool lighting that best suits your needs. Prefer direct personal advice? Our lighting specialists are at your service with reliable XPRO POOL advice, just a phone call or email away.

Why every pool deserves lighting
We believe that every pool deserves lighting. After all, there's nothing like enjoying your own pool on a warm summer evening, well past sunset. Many of our customers report that they use their pools more often since they installed lighting. This is not surprising, since pool lighting not only provides extra safety, but also adds a unique atmosphere to your garden. With the right lighting, you turn a dark corner of your garden into a radiant oasis. Even when you are not using the pool, it adds something magical to your garden. This is just as true for indoor pools, as shown in two of the photos below.

Pool lighting and safety
As already briefly touched upon, pool lighting is not just about aesthetics; it also contributes to a better overview and thus increased safety. We think that little bit of extra safety is crucial, no matter what your family is made of. Pool lighting allows you to see people and animals in the dark. It may not be pleasant to hear, but accidents involving unlit swimming pools happen every year. Lighting can literally be life-saving in such cases. It is important to stop and think about this and realize how simple it is to make your pool safer.

Cutting back on pool lighting?
A pool symbolizes fun. It is a place for carefree enjoyment with family and friends. Building, installing or renovating a pool can be as expensive as you want it to be. However, our advice is always: don't skimp on pool lighting. We have outlined the reasons for this above.

Sorts of pool lighting
Have you ever considered how important lighting is to the ambiance and safety of your pool? In this article, we dive into the world of pool lighting. It's smart to think about this even before your pool is built, because installing lighting afterwards is a big job. We list different types of lighting for you.

Recessed pool light
For construction pools, recessed pool lights are often the best choice. These are neatly incorporated into the wall or floor during construction, so they integrate seamlessly with your pool.

Construction pool light
Construction pool lights are a more economical alternative. They protrude slightly from the wall, making them less popular for architectural pools. Recessed lights are preferred these days, so finding new surface-mounted lights can sometimes be tricky.

Nicheless pool light
The nicheless pool light is gaining popularity. This type of light, which you screw directly into the wall with a 1.5-inch thread using an adapter, no longer requires a large recessed niche.

Ultra thin pool light
For new projects, ultra thin pool lights are a wonderful choice. They can be mounted directly to the wall and provide a modern look.

Magnet pool light
Specifically for plastic pools that you place in the garden, there are magnet pool lights. These are easy to install and ideal for a temporary or seasonal pool.

Developments in pool lights
The technology behind pool lights has not stood still. Whereas pool lights used to use a lot of energy, most modern lights are now durable and energy efficient. This is good news for both your wallet and the environment.

So you see, there is a world of possibilities when it comes to lighting your pool. Whether you go for the sleek look of recessed lighting, the practical magnet lights for your setup pool, or the modern ultra thin lights for your new project, there is always an option to suit your needs.

Pool light and the power supply
When installing pool lights, a transformer is essential. This ensures that, should something not go quite right with your technical installation, your pool water does not conduct electricity. This prevents a lot of dangerous situations. Normally you connect pool lights to 230 Volts, but thanks to a transformer this is converted to a safe 12 Volts. So you can enjoy your illuminated pool without worry.

Trafo for your pool lights
The number of outputs of your transformer depends on how many pool lights you have. To choose the right transformer, you need to know the total wattage of your lights. It is important that the transformer can handle this wattage, preferably a little more, but certainly not less. Choose a transformer that is as close to your total wattage as possible. Ideally, the transformer should have as many outputs as you have lamps, but for example, with 6 lamps, you can also choose a transformer with 3 outputs and then connect two lamps per output.

Control box for your pool lights
Do you want to be able to control your lamps with a remote control? Or do you want them to turn on and off at a fixed time every day? Then you need a control box with transformer.

Multifunctional control boxes
For lights that you can set in different colors, such as RGB or RGB+W lights, a control box is also required. There are control boxes that can control not only the lights, but also the pool pump, level control and heat pump. If you are looking for comfort and convenience, this definitely offers added value. Want more information? Then get in touch with one of our technical specialists.

Placing and installing pool lighting
Have you chosen the perfect pool lighting? Then it's now time for the next step: installation. Of course, you can leave this to one of our pool specialists. But if you are handy yourself and know what you are doing, you can also do this job yourself. Please note that the installation of pool lighting must comply with certain laws and regulations. That's why all our pool electrical installation specialists are certified professionals - and that only applies in the Netherlands and Belgium. In some countries, these certifications are not mandatory, which means that basically anyone can do the installation there.

100% safe connection is essential
Because water conducts electricity, a faulty or careless connection can cause your pool water to become electrified - with all the consequences that entails. Many of our customers therefore choose to have the electrical installation in and around the pool done by our pool specialists. You know best whether this is the wisest choice for you. We are always at your service with advice and, if desired, expert implementation.

Positioning your pool lighting
Most customers choose to mount the lighting along the long side of the pool. If your pool is no wider than 6 meters, lighting on one side will suffice. Then choose the side that is not directly visible from your home or from your patio. If your terrace is on the house side, you don't have to choose, which is ideal. The best effect is achieved when the pool is illuminated, but you are not constantly looking into the lamps.

Extra cable length and ideal depth pool lamps
A standard water depth of 50-70 cm from the surface of the water to the center of the lamp ensures good light distribution without being dazzling. Also be sure to keep enough cable coiled in the recess/wall. That way you can easily bring the lamp above water and place it on the ledge stone when it needs to be replaced. Too short a cable means you have to partially drain the pool to replace the broken bulb, and of course you want to avoid that.

Mounting pool lights
The pool lights are located on the water side, while the cables come out of the wall on the other side of the pool wall. Each cable must be connected to a terminal block in a junction box. From there, extend the cable to the technical room where the transformer or control box hangs. Test the lights well and then pour cable resin on the junction box to prevent short circuits. Make sure nothing from the cable or terminal block is protruding above the liquid, or your bulbs will quickly break down again.

Frequently Asked Questions About Pool Lighting
Have questions about pool lighting? Here are answers to some frequently asked questions. We hope this will make you a lot wiser!

Is electricity in a pool not incredibly dangerous?
Happily, it is not that dangerous, provided you do it right. Pool lights should absolutely not run on 230 volts, but should always be converted to low voltage, often to 12 volts, via a transformer. This is similar to touching a piece of electric fence: it is not pleasant, but also not dangerous.

Where do you place the lights in the pool?
It is best to mount them in the wall, and especially on the long side or the side of the terrace. That way you will benefit from a beautifully lit pool without constantly looking into the bright light of the lamps.

How do I replace a pool lamp?
Start by turning off the power by unplugging the transformer. Remove the lamp from its niche and place it, with the cable attached, on the edge. Open the lamp sleeve, replace the bulb and make sure everything is watertight again before putting it back. Put the lamp back in its wall niche and turn the power back on.

Can lights be used under water?
Yes, but only lamps that have a specific IP rating are suitable for underwater use. IP68 means that the lamp is dustproof and pressure-waterproof. So lights with an IP68 protection rating are perfect for use in your pool. Other IP classes are not suitable.

XPRO POOL is your reliable partner when it comes to pool lights, advice, ordering and help with installation.

Do you have any questions or would you like some advice on pool lights and lamps? Don't hesitate and give us a call. Our team is always ready to help you and together find the best lighting solution for your pool.