Pool Lighting Options - Part 1



Hillside Pool with Interior Lighting at NightPool lighting makes swimming at night safer and more convenient, plus adds drama and ambiance to your backyard. Today’s pool lighting options come in a variety of forms and colors and can use incandescent, LED, fiber optic, or solar technology.


We broke down each type of pool lighting on the following pages to help you choose the best option for your pool.



Photography courtesy of Scott Sandler for HydroScapes LLC


Incandescent Lighting


Conventional lighting for inground swimming pools consist of incandescent or quartz halogen light bulbs that are sealed inside a protective waterproof fixture. These simple white lights are mounted in wall niches—typically made during pool construction—and operate on either low-voltage or standard electrical power. Incandescent pool lights provide a bright illumination and have plastic color lenses that fit over top of them to create a more dramatic effect.

Incandescent and halogen light bulbs are the most common type of pool lights, as well as the most inexpensive—they usually cost around $170 – $250 each. While relatively affordable, they require more maintenance than other pool lighting options and are not as energy efficient. The bulbs typically have a lifespan of only 1,000 hours and frequently need replacement. Changing a bulb can be a difficult task as you have to remove the entire fixture and bring it out of the water before you can remove the old bulb and attach a new one. Traditional incandescent pool lights are typically installed during pool construction or renovation due to the electrical engineering.


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