5 Pool Lighting Ideas

Pool lighting

In the land down under, where the warm climate and outdoor living are part of our lifestyle, a well-lit pool can transform your backyard into a mesmerizing oasis. Beyond its practicality, pool lighting adds ambience, enhances safety, and creates an inviting atmosphere for evening gatherings and late-night dips. In this article, we’ll explore 5 captivating lighting options that will bring your Australian pool to life.

To get you started, here’s an illuminating assortment of facts to consider before making any decisions.

Solar Lighting

Solar lights make a nice addition to almost any backyard and they shine extra brightly when they are incorporated into the pool area. You can use them to illuminate walkways, add decorative flourishes or even light up the surface of your pool. Solar lights can vary in performance, and may not be bright or reliable enough to eliminate the need for electrical lighting around your pool. You may need to consult with your electrician to see if they are all you need around your pool area.

For those seeking an eco-friendly and enchanting lighting solution, solar-powered floating lights are a perfect choice. These lights harness the power of the sun, charging during the day and illuminating your pool at night. With their floating design, they effortlessly glide across the water, casting a soft, ethereal glow that adds a touch of elegance to your pool. Solar-powered floating lights require no electrical wiring, making installation a breeze, and they offer the added benefit of being energy-efficient and cost-effective in the long run.

At Jarvis Electrical, we can help with any of your pool electrical needs. Also, check out our Solar installation service 


Fiber Optic & LED Lighting

Fibre optic lighting is a magical and subtle option for illuminating your pool. These lights consist of tiny, flexible strands that carry light through the fibres, creating a beautiful and enchanting effect. Fibre optic lighting offers versatility in terms of colour and configuration, allowing you to highlight specific areas or create a starry night sky effect. As they emit no heat and have no electrical currents, fibre optic lights are safe to use around water and require minimal maintenance, making them an ideal choice for Australian pool owners.

If the colourful possibilities of LED lights are of appeal to you, maybe also consider fibre optic lights for your shortlist of pool lighting options. Fiber Optic lights can change colours based on the occasion and can produce spellbinding light shows. While they are more expensive than LED, they are easier and cheaper to maintain in the long run.

LED underwater lights are a popular choice for Australian pool owners and for good reason. These energy-efficient lights are perfect for creating a mesmerising display of colours that can be customised to suit your mood or occasion. With a range of colour options, you can effortlessly create a tranquil blue ambience for a relaxing swim or switch to vibrant hues for a festive poolside party. LED lights also offer longevity, durability, and the ability to create stunning lighting effects that will leave your guests in awe.


Wall-Mounted Sconces: Stylish Illumination

If you’re looking to add a touch of elegance and sophistication to your pool area, consider wall-mounted sconces. These fixtures not only provide functional lighting but also serve as stylish decorative elements. Available in various designs and finishes, wall-mounted sconces can complement your outdoor decor and architectural style. Whether you prefer a contemporary, minimalist look or a more traditional aesthetic, there is a wide range of options to choose from. Wall-mounted sconces offer focused illumination, making them ideal for pathways, seating areas, or accentuating architectural features surrounding your pool.


Go for more diffusion

As a definitive rule, soft lighting coming from plenty of sources is a great deal more attractive than harsh lighting coming from fewer sources. Even if you are going for standard incandescent lighting, consider installing at least two lights in the water for a cleaner, smoother look.


Incandescent lights

Your choice of lighting involves a trade-off between present and future costs. Good old incandescent lighting offers the cheapest installation price but uses more electricity than other, more energy-efficient options. It isn’t to say that the alternatives are not economical, it just means that you should consider what the lighting will cost you both now and in the future.


Add some colour to your life

The same pool lighting can produce radically different effects depending on the backdrop. Why not go a little crazy, get some colourful LED lights and send the neighbours wild with jealousy at your disco pool? Everyone will want to come over for a pool party!