Pool lighting??

Fullerfamily

New member
Jul 17, 2017
2
Charlotte, NC
Hi, I just found this forum and thought I'd try to get your opinion on this. We are building a 22x36 freeform pool and have one LED in the Spa and one LED in the deep end. Our concern is that we may need another light in the shallow end near the steps/tanning ledge. I asked PB several times they assured me that one light is good, but everything I read says otherwise. They want to charge $1180 for additional light. (They have dug pool and finished rebar.)
What do you all think?
Thanks in advance for any help!!
 

Bhebert449

Well-known member
Jul 16, 2017
60
Beaumont TX
Hi, I just found this forum and thought I'd try to get your opinion on this. We are building a 22x36 freeform pool and have one LED in the Spa and one LED in the deep end. Our concern is that we may need another light in the shallow end near the steps/tanning ledge. I asked PB several times they assured me that one light is good, but everything I read says otherwise. They want to charge $1180 for additional light. (They have dug pool and finished rebar.)
What do you all think?
Thanks in advance for any help!!
I am have some of the same questions on our pool build. We have not started construction yet but our PB says one LED in the pool and one in the spa is enough as well. We are considering some mini LEDs to our tanning ledge and the pool steps. Pentair makes a mini LED called Globright. I am asking our PB about our options using the Globright lights. They will run on the same program as the Pentair intellibrite pool and spa lights.
 

Esloser

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Jun 23, 2016
520
Millville, NJ
My pool is 42 1/2' long and I went with two. It's a roman/gothic shape. I had them put one in the shallow end and one in the deep end. I think it lights the pool more consistently and don't think 1 would've been as nice.
 

pjt

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Jan 7, 2012
211
The Woodlands, TX
I have one LED light in my pool and one LED light in my spa. I wish I would have added at least one more light to my pool to illuminate the shallow end and play shelf. I think you're being overcharged though.
 

Esloser

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Jun 23, 2016
520
Millville, NJ
I think my pool builder wanted $800 per let. I do wish I would've gotten a smaller one in addition on the tanning ledge. That stays in a shadow.
 

jbb2388

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May 8, 2017
103
Wolcott, CT
One light in a pool that size will not impress IMO. We have two in our 16x34 and I wish I had asked for a third. I guess it would also depend on what type of lamp it is. Mine are small LEDs.
 

jza1736

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Apr 21, 2017
536
Greenlawn, NY
I'm building 20x36. Very close to yours. Originally we had the same 1 universal color logic for the pool and 1 spa light. I asked several times and PB insisted 1 light will be fine. We changed the spillover spa to a stand alone and i added the second light anyway. I believe it's going to be a hayward colorlogic 320. And it's an additional $800. To add it later will cost a lot more
 

ctrav

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Apr 23, 2017
2,400
Northlake TX
We have 2 lights and no spa but two sun decks. If I had it to do over I would have put a small LED light on the larger sun deck because that is the darkest area at night. We love having the lights on at night and use the different colors all the time. My lights are on from 8:45 to 10:30 each night. The other side of the coin is that lights are expensive to replace so give it some thought....there is a link to my build with night pics in my signature below...
 

SpringPool

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Jun 2, 2017
528
Spring TX
We are in the middle of out build. I would go with the Nichless jandy. They end up costing a little led than the traditional lights. We went with 2 30w color changers. The PB wanted to make sure we had enough light and ran a conduit for a 3rd under our sheer decent if we decide to add it later. We also have one 20w on our sun shelf and one in the spa.
 

sham

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Mar 4, 2016
199
McKinney, TX
Our pool is 18 x 40 free form and we did three led lights in the pool and one in the spa. We have one on the tanning ledge, one at the other end of the pool and one in the middle facing away from the house. All the pool builders we got quotes from had at least 2 or 3 in the pool.
 

bmoreswim

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Jul 16, 2012
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I concur on two items. One full size light is probably not going to impress you. Also, the smaller nicheless lights are more flexible for even lighting and also likely where the future of pool lighting lies.
 

Fullerfamily

New member
Jul 17, 2017
2
Charlotte, NC
Thank you all for your responses and suggestions! We have our electrical inspection this week, so we needed to make a quick decision. We currently have one Jandy Watercolor Color LED in the deep end (and one in the spa) and decided to add Jandy Nicheless 30w LED to add extra light by the stairs. I feel much better about our lighting situation now.