Pool Lighting Ideas to Increase Safety and Create A Resort-Style Oasis


Pool Lighting Ideas to Create a Safer Environment and Resort-Like Setting | McKay Landscape Lighting Omaha Nebraska

What better way to end a hot summer day than a relaxing—and refreshing— late-night dip in the pool? The underwater lights inside of most pools make swimming at night possible. But, the areas surrounding your pool can be difficult to utilize in the dark. Transform your evening swimming experience to provide a resort-like feel to your space and create a safer environment with professionally designed landscape lighting around your pool

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Pool Lighting Ideas to Increase Nighttime Safety

When lighting the areas around your pool, you want to make the deck, steps, and walkways safer. Lots of activity happens around a pool. You'll want to look for dark areas that are potentially dangerous at night or could cause slips, trips, or falls.

Illuminate Walkways and Steps

Path lights are commonly used to light walkways, steps, and mark elevation changes. You should use these fixtures sparingly to avoid a runway effect. The path leading from the house to the pool is an important area to consider, especially if the elevation or surface changes. Properly illuminating walkways and paths will help safely guide your guests while preventing trips and falls. 

Pool Deck Lighting

Downlighting the pool deck from a nearby tree or structure provides a unique effect of a full moon-lit sky. Bistro string lights are another unique and festive option to illuminate the pool deck.

At McKay Lighting, we sometimes use a combination of techniques to ensure the area is evenly illuminated, improve visibility, and increase the safety around a pool.

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Create a Luxury Resort-Like Setting Around Your Pool

Illuminating the landscape surrounding your pool can create the perfect backdrop for a luxurious setting. If your backyard is lined with trees, a fence, or both, strategically adding light will help increase the security of your pool at night. Eliminating dark corners and other dark areas will help deter unwanted visitors from entering your property at night. It will also increase your visibility, so you can see any activity occurring in your yard. 

Commercial-grade tiki-torches are another great option to create vacation-like vibes. They add another light layer, giving more dimension to an outdoor living area. Using multiple techniques or more than one layer of light creates interest and provides a more luxurious setting. 

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Highlight Other Unique Features 

Many outdoor living spaces also showcase beautiful kitchens, fireplaces, pergolas, and other unique features or structures. Don't leave these areas in the dark! Explore our gallery or ideabooks on Houzz for inspiration on how you can enhance these areas with light. 

Create a luxury resort-like setting around your pool with an expertly installed landscape lighting design. | McKay Lighting Omaha Nebraska

Having a pool is a luxurious amenity. Half the fun is lounging poolside with your friends and family. It's easy to spend hours of the day enjoying a pool. But, just imagine all the late-night enjoyment an expertly installed landscape lighting design could bring.

At McKay Landscape Lighting, our specialty includes creating a luxury resort-like setting around a pool. We want it to feel like you're on vacation without ever leaving home. Schedule a free consultation with our designers to discuss unique lighting options for your pool area. We would be happy to create a pool lighting design that is aesthetically pleasing while adding safety and security.


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Landscape Lighting is what we do. Every day.

We’ve been in the landscape industry since 1987, becoming a dedicated outdoor lighting firm in 1992. Our lighting team provides the expertise and experience needed to light your outdoor space for both beauty and security. Our goal is to provide the highest quality custom lighting services and products to homes and businesses across the nation.

Located in Omaha, McKay Lighting services Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota areas, including Lincoln, Sioux Falls, Sioux City, Des Moines, Kearney, the surrounding areas and beyond.

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