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    overhead lighting for new pool owner

    I just installed our 24' AGP and was wondering what kind of lighting to use? I was thinking something overhead, maybe a floodlight, but I dont want it overly bright to annoy the neighbors. I really only want the pool lit up from above as we already have accent lighting for the deck area and that light does not make it to the pool area.

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    Re: overhead lighting for new pool owner

    Overhead lighting will probably make your pool a bug haven. Even a light in the pool will draw some bugs. I usually use 4 to 6 tiki torches when we swim at night.
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    Re: overhead lighting for new pool owner

    We have a Nightlighter Multicolor in our pool and I got to tell you that I love it. With it and the deck lights we have plenty of light at night but not so much as to be bothersome.
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    Re: overhead lighting for new pool owner

    I concur about the bugs. We have a tripod flood light that we sometimes bring out for parties and what not - for safety reasons we move it far enough away that no one will accidently touch/trip on it, it does attract the bugs though -but at least they are by the light and not by the pool. Of course it's always fun to try and turn it off , while being swarmed by june bugs and giant moths...LOL

    I'm thinking about this too, will give the tiki's a try, with some deck lights. New patio set this year, want to create a more 'outdoor living' area by the pool and maybe swim at night more...
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    Re: overhead lighting for new pool owner

    Will a floodlight attract bugs even if it is mounted on the house, about 20ft. above the surface of the pool and the deck area?
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    Re: overhead lighting for new pool owner

    Yes, but they will be pretty localized to the light itself. I don't think swimmers in the pool will be bothered by them.
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    Re: overhead lighting for new pool owner

    well, since we have determined that the bugs will be attracted to the light about 20' above the pool/deck area, what kind of light should I look at? Keep in mind, it will only be to light the pool and not the entire backyard and neighbors yard. I was looking at the rectangular halogen lights, but they are really, really bright and probably has too much light cast out.
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    Re: overhead lighting for new pool owner

    Quote Originally Posted by Jeff74
    well, since we have determined that the bugs will be attracted to the light about 20' above the pool/deck area, what kind of light should I look at? Keep in mind, it will only be to light the pool and not the entire backyard and neighbors yard. I was looking at the rectangular halogen lights, but they are really, really bright and probably has too much light cast out.
    Just get a small pool light. When the water is lit, you can see everything in there.
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    Re: overhead lighting for new pool owner

    Quote Originally Posted by Bama Rambler
    We have a Nightlighter Multicolor in our pool and I got to tell you that I love it. With it and the deck lights we have plenty of light at night but not so much as to be bothersome.
    I second this. The Multicolor from Smartpool is a great light. Very easy to install and the quality is excellent.
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    Re: overhead lighting for new pool owner

    Ok, I'm curious about the Smartpool nitelite. So you just hang it over the side or what? IT's not an electrical hazard, having it in there hanging from the cord?
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    Re: overhead lighting for new pool owner

    There's a bracket that hangs over the wall that holds the light up so it's not hanging from the cord. It's not an electrical hazard because it's fed from a 12v current limited transformer and that's plugged into a GFCI receptacle. It has a 28' cord from the transformer to the light. There's a small waterproof switch on the top of the bracket that you use to change the color or have it cycle through all the colors.
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    Re: overhead lighting for new pool owner

    SOLD!
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    Re: overhead lighting for new pool owner

    Sears has the best price I've found!
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    Re: overhead lighting for new pool owner

    anyone have any pics of their Nightlighter Multicolor in use?

    It looks to be such a small light.
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    Re: overhead lighting for new pool owner

    Also, what wattage would be best for what size of pool without overpowering it? I have seen 35, 50 and 100 watt lights so far.
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    Re: overhead lighting for new pool owner

    The nitelighter is listed as a 100w light but the indivdual lamps are 35 watt each. I feel it's just right in our 24' pool. I'll try to take pictures one night when I have the solar cover off.
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    Re: overhead lighting for new pool owner

    Would this Nightlighter work for an inground pool?
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    Re: overhead lighting for new pool owner

    No, due to the way it attaches to the pool. You might be able to rig up something but it wouldn't be pretty.
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    Re: overhead lighting for new pool owner

    I just looked on Amazon and they do make them for inground pools. I may just get one of those solared powered lights that float in the water.
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    Re: overhead lighting for new pool owner

    I will go 3rd's on the Nightliter .... Also on those you can change out one bulb to a regular clear bulb with a 35w MR11 bulb and get the 35 deg spacing flood --It lights my 24' very nicely .. cheapest price I found was at poolsupplies.com for 99.99...
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