Let’s be honest. Unless you rely on fins to get around and breathe through gills, no one really enjoys swimming in the dark. Summer roaches love to come out to play and the last thing you want to hear is the crunching sound of something that isn’t a dry leaf under your foot. It’s not the best feeling when you’re about to take a night time dip.

Pool care takes time and effort and you’ve done the work. The finishing touches, of course, include setting the mood and tone outside the water. You can turn to ambient lighting for that.

Submerged spotlights that glow in the water are stunning. They are common in the pools of homeowners who look forward to late night swims. However, there are some other ideas you can consider to put your pool in the limelight.

Let the landscape shine

If your pool is enveloped by a lush garden, you can get as creative as you want to with this idea. You’re taking a two for one approach with this one as it benefits your pool and garden at the same time. Best of all, you get that home away from home feeling when you step outside at night. To get this effect, set up light fixtures around your shrubbery, trees and areas in your garden that you’d like to highlight. You can opt for different colours for to create tones and a lovely depth, that will transform your garden into a nighttime haven.

Some finishing torches

Torches around the pool and entertainment area are a simple and elegant finish to any home. There is a wide variety to choose from. It depends on the kind of atmosphere you want to create outside. There are solar powered LED torches that offer a soft flame. You can also go for wired-in lighting for a brighter effect. Plant these torches around your seating or braai area for an evening get-together.

Light up my path

Keep your yard well lit and the light fittings out of your way with this fantastic idea. Chances are the surface around your pool is made up of a unique texture of concrete paving. Some homeowners prefer installing in-ground lights to illuminate their entertainment area. These can be placed along the edge of the pool in various patterns. You can let your creativity shine through by using bulbs that produce deep, pretty hues.