Thanks so much for all your input! I really appreciate it!

I was so busy yesterday with the dig (and trying to find a way to get rid of all the dirt!) that I missed all the wonderful responses from everyone and had the diggers carve out for just 2 lights because they wanted an answer as to how many lights I was going to have and I was so worried about having an overly-bright pool.

So of course I stressed out after reading all the replies (I really wanted 3 pool lights too!) and thought I'd try to get through to Pentair again just to get an answer about the brightness of their lights, etc. (I'd been trying for 2 days to get through to someone at Pentair and gave up yesterday morning after being on hold for 40 minutes, with no end in sight, before getting cut off.

) This morning I was able to get through to them (yay!) and the rep gave me some good information that helped me decide on definitely going with 3 lights. (I had the steel guys dig out for 3 lights today.

) Hopefully this info will help others like me (and spool) who are having a hard time deciding how many lights to install. (Pentair for some reason likes to play their cards close to the vest. Why don't they just post this information on their website?

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Info from Pentair:

Each Intellibrite 5G is 1000 lumens or the equivalent of one 150 watt bulb. (Doesn't matter if you use a 12v or 120v light.) There's a formula that Pentair uses to calculate the number of lights needed based on the square footage of the pool. In order to illuminate the pool properly you need 1/2 a watt for every sq ft of pool. Using my pool, for example, the rectangle portion is 19 x 38 but my spa (which has steps on either side of it) goes into the pool 4 feet so we (me and the Pentair rep) subtracted out that area and, when calculating sq ft, we ended up with a rectangle of 19 x 34 or 646 sq ft. We then divided 646 sq ft by 2 (which is the 1/2 watt for each sq ft) to come up with the number of watts needed to light the pool. For my pool it's 323 (646/2=323) or 2 Intellibrite 5Gs (@ 150 watts each). (I'm using the color-changing lights.) HOWEVER, Pentair's calculations are based on a white plaster pool. Because I will have a dark plaster pool I will need additional light and, given the size and shape of my pool and the fact that I'll have 2 Globrites on the steps in the shallow end and 3 ColorCascade lighted bubblers on the baja shelf, I decided to just add one more pool light. (The lights are spaced 8 1/2' apart). I'm also going to add 2 Intellibrite spa lights to my 8' circular spa (using the same formula used for the pool).

In the end I know it's personal preference as to how many lights to put in the pool, but for me it sure helps to have a point of reference to go by in order to decide as well as nighttime pics of other people's pool. (Thanks, Nick/Corleone! Your pool looks beautiful!) So I will be sure to post nighttime pictures of my pool when it's done so everyone can see what all that lighting looks like.

In the meantime, I'm going to go update my original build post with pictures of the build so far...

Thanks again! (and sorry for the long post

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Laura