Pool lighting for functionality and appeal

Lindsey Getz, Total Landscape Care (Picture source – McKay Landscape Lighting)

Nothing quite beats jumping in a pool on a hot summer day. It’s fair to say that swimming pools are a quintessential sign of summer—and they seem to be more popular with clients than ever before. While the pool itself obviously gets a lot of attention, it’s the pool features that can really take it to the next level. Pool lighting in particular is incredibly important. Because customers want to get as much use out of their swimming pools as possible, the lighting around the pool is actually more of a necessity than a luxury.

Because there’s a true art and science to professional lighting, some landscapers opt to contact landscape lighting companies like McKay Landscape Lighting, based in Omaha, Nebraska, to handle the lighting portion of the job. This can be incredibly complex work and getting the best results is important to both the safety and the functionality of the pool.

“It’s very important to be able to exit the home and get to the pool safely at night,” shares Jerry McKay, owner of McKay Landscape Lighting. “Often there may be an elevation change, steps to navigate, and different hardscapes to walk on, so lighting around the pool becomes critical from a safety standpoint.

Adding appeal
Aside from safety, landscape lighting around the pool can also help accent the space and give it some extra pizzazz.

“The secret sauce to that usually is if there is a view from the house and there is some landscaping on the opposite side of the pool, you get maximum reflection with that pool if you’re lighting something on the other side,” McKay adds.

Seat wall lights or cap lights are both popular types of lighting to have around pools. For those concerned about landscaping lighting overpowering their lighting within the pool, McKay says this isn’t actually a concern.

“I tell every customer the same thing,” he says. “I’m not going to compete with your pool light. Nine out of 10 times, that light is not on. As lighting designers, we want to make sure that people can walk around the pool if the pool light’s not on and highlight the landscape around the pool.”

Read More – SOURCE: Total Landscape Care