3 Lighting Ideas to Illuminate Your Existing Outdoor Pool

Nov 1, 2022 1:27:58 PM

If you have a pool that you feel you aren’t using to its full extent in the evening hours, it could be that you need better lighting around the pool. While it’s true that pool lighting makes the space safer, it also makes it a lot more functional.

With the right pool lighting, you’ll find yourself spending more time at the pool and enjoying every minute of it.

Here are some pool lighting ideas to get you started.

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At the end of the day, your pool lighting design for your existing pool should be custom-created. But these pool lighting ideas can provide some brainstorming material as you start to think about what would work best for your specific space.

1. Focus on the Hang-Out Spots Around the Pool with Poolside Lights

The thing about “using” your pool area at night is that you aren’t always going to be swimming in it. One thing that homeowners often tell us is that they want to be able to enjoy the areas around the pool in the evening hours (with the pool setting a sort of ambiance).

After all, it does feel very “vacation-like” to be sitting poolside enjoying dinner or an evening cocktail.

This is where lighting around a pool becomes really important. It helps to set the tone while also making the space more functional.

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The idea is to light the space in a way that makes it safe and easy to navigate without overdoing it.

Too much light (or poorly installed lighting) can take away from the ambiance. You want enough light to be able to see and enjoy the space, but not so much that it takes away from the ambiance.

While every lighting design is unique, poolside lights might include niche lighting, illuminating specific areas around the pool. It might also include retaining wall or seating lights, built-in patio lighting, and more.

2. Showcase Your Pool’s Beauty with Great Pool Lighting

As we talked about above, when you sit outside at your pool at night, you want to enjoy its beauty. In many ways, the pool itself becomes something to look at.

In fact, pool features can take on a really unique look and feel in the evening hours.

One of our favorite ways to add lighting around a pool is to light up the water features. Whether your pool has fountains, bubblers, or maybe even a waterfall, suddenly these features add a new sense of ambiance to your pool area in the evening.

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If you have a boulder wall or some other type of diving wall around your pool, this would be another feature to light up.

3. Light Up the Pool Landscaping for Evening Enjoyment

The landscaping around a pool is oftentimes such a beautiful and enjoyable addition to the property—but can’t be thoroughly enjoyed when the sun goes down. This is where the lighting around pools can make a world of difference. With the right pool lighting, you can enjoy your landscape at nighttime, too.

Lighting can be installed in a way that really accents some of your favorite plants, shrubs, and even trees. In fact, lighting trees around the pool can really be a great way to add some magic to the space. We love uplighting trees in a way that highlights their beauty and casts gorgeous shadows.

But we can also use trees to achieve downlighting techniques that help you use your patio space to the fullest.


Choosing the right landscape lighting is a very customized process based on the individuality of your pool landscaping. As an example, we might use area lights throughout plant beds or along a pathway, bullet lights to cast narrow light on a flowering shrub, and well lights that are buried in the surface of the grown so that light is visible without seeing the feature.

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Pool Lighting that Wows at Your Memphis Home

At the end of the day, the best pool lighting ideas are those that work at your specific home. That’s why we can’t emphasize enough how important it is that you find an outdoor lighting professional that will create a truly custom design.

You’ve invested a lot into your pool area, and you deserve to get the most out of it (even when the sun goes down!).

You want your pool to be beautiful, safe, and functional in the evening hours. With a professional’s guidance, you can bring an artistic touch that achieves all of these goals.

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At Mid South Night Lights, we understand how important it is for you to be able to use your backyard whenever you want…particularly, your pool area! That’s why we’re here to guide you through the process of creating just the right pool lighting design. When we’re finished, you’ll find that your pool has taken on all-new life.

Are you ready to create a secure, functional, and beautiful property at any hour of the day? If so, let’s meet and discuss some bright ideas.

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