Think your swimming pool is a bit too boring? It’s about time you upgraded your pool lighting to add a touch of character to it.

Additionally, well-designed pool lights can offer the necessary lighting during the night, thereby mitigating accidents. They can also transform your outdoor area and change its vibe altogether.

If you feel that your current pool lights are not functioning properly, we strongly recommend upgrading them. However, this is not as easy as it sounds.

Since there are so many lighting options on the market, you may not know the differences between them and make the wrong choice. We have written this comprehensive guide explaining the different types of pool lights and a few critical things you need to keep in mind while upgrading the fixtures.

Without further chit-chat, let’s begin.

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Advantages Of Pool Lighting

Let us look at some of the advantages pool lighting can offer:

  • Defines and highlights architectural elements, decks, and walls
  • Can illuminate the whole outdoor space
  • Enhances nighttime visibility
  • It adds a bit of character to the pool space
  • Allows people to use the pool safely in the evenings
  • Adds mood-uplifting and vibrant colours
  • Produces sparkling effects on the water surface at night

Types Of Lights

These are three main types of pool lights:

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1. Incandescent

Incandescent lights are conventional pool lights, and if your pool was built decades ago, there is a high chance this is the type of lighting your pool has. It is worth noting that they are no longer available on the market since they don’t meet the present Australian standards for lighting.


  • Helps improve nighttime visibility
  • Modest price point


  • Discontinued
  • Energy inefficient

2. Halogen

Next, let’s learn a bit about halogen lights. They have been here for a while, and you will mostly find them in pools that haven’t been upgraded in years.

Halogen is about 20% more energy-saving than incandescent lighting, emits a stronger light and has a longer lifespan. But the problem with this light is that it generates high heat levels, making it necessary to change the O-ring and the globe every year. As a result, this light is expensive to replace every year.


  • Emits a cleaner light
  • Lasts longer than incandescent lights
  • Energy efficient


  • Has a high replacement cost annually
  • Generates high levels of heat
  • About four times more expensive than incandescent lights

3. LED

As far as LEDs are concerned, they are the most popular types of pool lights currently available. They are vibrant and travel far through the pool, illuminating it sufficiently and improving your nighttime visibility.

The primary difference between halogens and LEDs is that the latter has a warm glow while the former emits light much like a torchlight beam. This warm glow is evident in pools that feature light-coloured interiors.

Apart from that, LED lights are available in a range of colours, and you can even change the colours either using a remote or by pressing a switch. Some brands even have dedicated apps that let you control the functioning of the lights through your smartphone.

Another great thing about LEDs is that they are about five times more energy-efficient than their halogen counterparts. Not just that; they generate about 90% less heat and have a much longer lifespan.


  • Can produce a wide variety of colours.
  • Offers vibrant light
  • Has a much longer lifespan
  • About five times more energy-effective than halogens


  • More expensive than both halogen and incandescent lights

Positioning And Placement Of Swimming Pool Lights

You would want the pool lights to be positioned to offer maximum illumination. Make sure that they are accessible for possible replacement or servicing down the road, and most importantly, they should be able to enhance the colour of the pool.

We recommend that you don’t position the lights facing your house; otherwise, it will cast a glare, which could be pretty annoying. Plus, if you are thinking of installing a spa, place the lights in positions that help lighten up the spa evenly, away from the foot-wells and seating position. And remember that if you install just one light, half of the spa will remain in the dark.

Also, when you are just looking to upgrade the existing lighting instead of installing new lights, you won’t be able to change the lighting position.

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Additional Tips

Here, we have provided a few tips that will help you get the most out of your swimming pool lighting:

  • Make sure there is an adequate amount of pool lighting for nighttime visibility
  • Consider accessibility for future maintenance when placing lights in a new pool
  • Dark-surfaced swimming pools require more lighting than light-surfaced ones
  • Use the modern LED pool lights that have a wide variety of colours
  • Turn on halogens for an hour once a week to avoid damaging the globes
  • Use renowned brands for lighting equipment as they are more reliable

Pool Lighting 101

Now that you have gone through our comprehensive swimming pool lighting guide, we hope you are all set to upgrade the pool lighting.

Don’t forget to maintain them if you want to prolong their lifespan. This includes ensuring that the lights are on for at least 15 minutes every week throughout the entire year. Also, make sure that your pool has balanced water to prevent corrosion of the lighting equipment resulting from inappropriate chemical levels.

For pool lighting installation in Sydney, please contact us. The Pool Co is Sydney’s preferred pool builder, specialising in installing, repairing, and replacing pool lights. Additionally, our team can assist you with selecting the best option for your pool.

With that, it’s a wrap. Take care, and see you soon!

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