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Fitting Swimming Pool Lights

How great does swimming pool lighting look at night? For many people, the lighting in the pool is just as important as the pool itself. Not only does swimming pool lighting make a vert attractive feature; it is also essential if you plan to use the pool after the sun goes down. Commercial outdoor swimming pools have to have special lighting as it is a safety issue. Whether you plan to use your pool at night or not, it is a good

idea to have special swimming pool lighting just to for safety reasons. Swimming pool lighting is also an attractive feature for you and your guests to enjoy when entertaining on a warm summers evening. Before getting to work on fitting your pool lighting, you must know what lighting you should fit, so that it is suitable under water.

If the Light is Right
When you have decided on which lights to use in your pool, you should test each light in a bucket of water before fitting them in the pool. The lights should be waterproof and suitable for use in a swimming pool, because otherwise they could be a danger to anyone who comes in to contact with them. First, you must test each light to ensure that it is watertight by dropping each light in to a bucket of water. If the light does not make bubbles or any reaction in the water, it is safe to use and install. Any light that causes the water to bubble should be disposed of because it is a danger hazard and will make your pool dangerous. This is the common way to test battery powered pool lights, which are more easily fitted and more popularly used.

Battery Powered Lights vs. Wired Lighting?
Battery powered lights are much easier, faster and the more popular choice for people to install. However, there is the problem of having to replace batteries when one or more of the battery lights needs to be replaced, which can be a problem and a difficult task to solve! Wired lighting however, can be initially more tricky to fit but saves you the regular chore of replacing batteries. With wired lights, you have a lot less maintenance to deal with and they will only need checking now and again unless there is a problem with the connection. Wired lights can only be fitted if there is access to an outside power socket near to the pool. The choice to have battery or wired lighting is really only a possible option if the pool can have either. Usually the decision to have battery or wireless lights depends on whether it is suitable for the pool and the surrounding area, for example whether or not there is a mains connection near to the pool.

More Lighting Tips
If you want to make your pool lighting a little different to the usual lights, you can choose to install fibre optic lights that give a coloures glow in the pool. Fibre optic lights add a lot of colour to your pool and if you know how to set the properly, you can have them change colour every few minutes.
To get the most out of your lighting, choose LED lights and if you haven't got them already it really is a good idea to change over to Led lights. LED lights use a lot less energy than other lights and they will last about six times longer than other lights.

Installing Wired Lights
Make sure that the wire is sealed before fitting in to the pool. The wire must be long and is fitted in to the pool niches. The lights must be fitted so that the light and its wire can be pulled out easily for when the bulb needs replacing. The easiest way to install wired lighting is to lift the lid (the top of the wall) on the side or corner of the pool and work from there.

Installing Battery Powered Lights
The lights should be in a sealed case and should be tested before you install them. Newer battery powered lights have a better waterproof cover compared to older versions. Insert the batteries in to each light before fitting them in to the pool and then fix them on to the pool wall.