Swimming Pool Lighting Specialist - For Indoor or Outdoor Pool and SPA
Swimming Pool Lighting Service
Lighting is essential if the pool or spa is to be used at night. There are three types of lighting for residential inground pools and spa: Standard-line voltage – using 120 or 240 volt circuits like the ones used inside your house – low voltage, and fiber optics.
Pool lights that operate on standard voltage system are mounted in a watertight niche that is built into the wall of the pool or inground spa during the construction phase (portable spas tend to have built-in lighting). The light fixture is made of stainless steel and shaped like a cone that’s about 8 inches in diameter and 6 to 10 inches deep. A waterproof conduit travels away from the niche to the aboveground junction box.
Fixtures and Bulbs
Pool lights come in 120 or 240 volts; 120 volt lights are the most common for residential use. As with a household lamp, light fixtures are rated to accept various-size bulbs, generally from 200 to 500 watts.
Spa lights are in between 100 and 200 watt range, and many spas use halogen light fixtures, which provide bright light but consume less electricity.
A standard fixture lens is clear, but most manufactures offer a variety of plastic color covers. If the fixture becomes rusted or otherwise damaged, it cannot be fixed. The entire fixture has to be replaced.
Low Voltage and Fiber Optics
There are also some low-voltage systems, much like low voltage landscape lighting. In these systems, a step-down transformer converts line voltage to 24 volts. Low-voltage systems are very energy efficient, but they do not produce the high light levels necessary for pools. However, spas often use low-voltage systems for mood lighting.
A fiber-optic cable carriers light rather than electricity. In its basic form, a fiber-optic system captures light generated at one end of the cable, moves the light beams along the cable, and then terminates at a fixture, shining light into the pool.
The light moves along the cable by continually bouncing off the reflective sides of the interior of the cable. Fiber-optic cables can also produce ribbons of light.
The big advantage of fiber-optic lighting is that the actual electricity used to generate the beams never gets near the water.