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    Concerned about our light placement

    After the gunite was blown and I met with the PB, he pointed out where the pool light was placed. I'm VERY upset to find that it points directly at the back of the house! Our windows all look out directly onto the pool area and I feel like this is going to be an eyesore rather than an accent. He explained that due to the freeform shape of the pool, this was the best location over the opposite (shallow) end or the side facing the waterfall. Am I over-reacting?

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    Re: Concerned about our light placement

    Welcome to TFP!

    What kind of light do you have? It might not be too bad for an LED.

    You for sure don't want it in the shallow end.

    I personally don't use my pool light for anything other than clean-up. I consider it more of a safety feature rather than something I use for swimming. It draws bugs like crazy, so I prefer tiki-torches for lighting when we are swimming at night.
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    Re: Concerned about our light placement

    Thanks for the response! It's a 500w Amerilite. They suggested I consider a dimmer.
    Is there a problem with moving it after the gunite?

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    It's a design oversight by the pool builder for sure, and it would be difficult to fix. Your pool builder isn't going to want to do it, but you may be able to push them on it. What's the real long term damage if left undone? If it were my pool it wouldn't be a big deal because the lights are pretty but I don't use them that much. I'm in the same camp with JohnT. They more of a utility.

    But... you aren't married to the 500W incandescent light at this point. You could change it out to a colored LED and this may help with brightness control.
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    Re: Concerned about our light placement

    Would the LED light throw less of a glare if we went that route?
    This is my 1st pool so I have no idea of what to expect, I just don't want the focus of our serene pool area to be a spotlight shining at the window when I'm looking in that direction. But from what you both are saying it may not be as big a deal as I'm afraid of. Are the lights not in use on a regular basis? The PB has been great to work with so far; tomorrow we're going to talk about possible options so we'll see what he suggests.

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    Re: Concerned about our light placement

    We sometimes have parties after dark and have the pool lights on regardles if it is a swimming party or not.

    We intentionally faced the lighting AWAY from the area where we congegate to avoid the glare that concerns you. I would not be at all happy if the lights faced towards us.
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    Re: Concerned about our light placement

    At the minimum I would make them change it to a color LED light for no additional cost. IMHO and experience the LED will put off less of a glare. I believe there is a post with pictures here somewhere with a similar issue.
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    Re: Concerned about our light placement

    Thanks for the feedback. I found a couple other people who agreed that LED puts out less glare. Are the bulbs a lot more $$ and will they fit in the niche currently in place for the Amerilite?

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    Re: Concerned about our light placement

    Not sure on the fit, but I imagine you would need to stay with the same brand. Your pool builder would know more. I had Pentair halogen lights and I replaced them with the Pentair 5g LED lights when my old ones failed. As far as I know there are no replaceable parts on the LED as they are supposed to be long life fixtures. I did find my LED lights online for 1/2 the price a pool company wanted to charge me just for the parts.
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    Re: Concerned about our light placement

    Anyone agree that a dimmer should resolve the problem?

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    Re: Concerned about our light placement

    We have an led in our pool it doesnot point directly at the house but kinda at an angle. They installed a 500w light while waiting for the led and it is a markedly difference in the glare. The led looks great as compared to the incandescent light. I would not do the dimmer, but would go with the led, if it were me.
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    Re: Concerned about our light placement

    Thanks Rob, good to know!

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