Constructing an inground pool for your New Jersey home doesn’t just involve massive excavation work, plumbing, a powerful motor (and a quiet sump pump check valve); it also requires the installation of lighting fixtures and their necessary electrical systems. As a guide for homeowners, Pool Pricer contributor Mat Jobe gives several pointers in choosing the best pool lights; giving attention to each type’s pros and cons. For the most part, the bottom line is to choose between LED and fiber optic lights.
While the choice is ultimately your call, based on your preference, it wouldn’t hurt to consult with a reliable company that has a long history of building NJ inground swimming pools, such as Tranquility Pools Inc. The most credible sources are those that know what it takes not only to build just any backyard swimming pool, but luxury pools and spas in every shape and design. Experience tells them that swimming pools ultimately serve different purposes, and thus each one needs specific types of lighting fixtures.
Light-emitting diodes or LEDs are usually preferred by pool builders because they’re energy-efficient, reasonably durable, and have excellent brightness. This is coupled with the fact that LEDs typically last between 7 and 15 years with little maintenance, making them the most cost-effective choice.
That said, fiber optic lights are actually easier to maintain because they’re installed in a dry box above the waterline. In addition, fiber optic lights are safer for your pool since all of their components are located in a separate illuminator box. Likewise, as Jobe says, if you want your pool to be flashy, you’re better off with fiber optic lights.
The choice basically boils down to your own tastes and preferences. However, one thing that you shouldn’t be subjective about is the electrical system needed to power your pool lights; as well as your pumps, filters, and heaters. You’re required to follow the rules indicated in the National Electric Code, such as placing your pool equipment at least five feet away from the water. You also need to take into account New Jersey’s own Electric Code, which requires you to take certain steps to protect your electrical system from potentially dangerous pool chemicals.
In view of these, you will do well to defer to an NJ inground swimming pool company, which employs licensed technicians specifically for this matter. Given just how complex pool lighting and electrical systems can be, the job is better left in the hands of the pros.
(Source: Pool Lighting Options: 7 Bright Ideas, Pool Pricer, August 14, 2014)