Lighting Rules for Pool Safety
After the fence is installed, the pool ladder is tested for sturdiness, and the non-slip surfaces are put in, most homeowners think every item is checked off their pool safety checklist.
However, they’re missing a crucial component of pool safety precautions: Lighting.
All too often, the beam of light from outdoor fixtures simply doesn’t reach the pool area. The result is a backyard that becomes a hazard after the sun goes down. It’s easy to lose your footing and slip into an in-ground pool in a dark area.
You want to make sure the perimeter of your pool is well-lit. Even if you don’t plan to be out on the patio in the evening, it’s important to have a lighting system in place. A motion sensor light fixture is a good starting point.
If you have steps leading to the pool, look for in-wall lights you can install to illuminate the stairway. Maintaining a pool can be a drain on your power bill, so go with LED patio lights for your outdoor step lighting needs. They consume minimal energy yet emit the bright light you need to ensure safety. Many LED step lights consume less than 2 watts and last for over 100,000 hours.
Don’t want to deal with the complications of wiring an outdoor electrical system? Try battery operated outdoor lights. They’re incredibly easy to install and ideal for areas without available outlets.
Installing lighting in the interior of the pool is a more expensive endeavor. Typically, you would add this at the same time you install a new liner, because you have to integrate it into the wall structure and wire it from underneath. Lighting the inside of the pool certainly provides a beautiful aesthetic effect, but it’s not absolutely necessary for pool safety. Just make sure your perimeter lighting eradicates the shadows.