6 Above Ground Pool Lighting Safety Tips
Above ground pool lighting is one of the most appealing lighting solutions for your pool. However, as with in ground swimming pools, above ground pools have safety issues and especially so with regards to lighting solutions. In fact, even if there is a huge variety of above ground lights, one needs to properly ensure that the lights are safely installed and that they are of no danger to the user whether in or out of the pool. Water and electricity are a deadly combination to have together so proper care is needed.
1. Using Light to Keep Safe
Lights are a very important aspect of your pool especially if you intend to use it after sunset. To avoid accidental injuries it is always essential to properly illuminate any edges, ledges or ladders in the pool area so that any exits and entrance ways are clearly visible while all the edges of the pool are lit up so that nobody accidentally falls in the pool.
2. Proper Grounding
Many electrocution accidents in pool areas tend to be caused by faulty lighting. In fact, aging electrical wiring that is not properly grounded tends to be problematic. So the very first thing to do with any wiring and lighting near pool areas is to properly ground them. In fact, no wires should be left exposed near such a great water source as a pool.
Furthermore, lighting and circuits should be protected by GFCIs (Ground-Fault Circuit-Interrupters) which are specifically designed to prefect electrocution because they break off circuits when the electrical current varies in any way. In this way, people will feel the electrical shock but will not get electrocuted.
When installing any lighting, wiring and using junction boxes make sure that they conform to the NEC (National Electrical Code) regulations by installing them at a horizontal distance water of at least 5 feet and at a height of at least 18 inches. Furthermore, when installing any lights in or around your pool it is essential that you ensure that the fixture is gasket sealed to avoid water reaching the bulbs.
5. Regular Maintenance
If you have any underwater lighting it is very important to regularly maintain the fixture, in fact, due to corrosive pool cleaning chemicals, screws and fixtures may weaken, so it is important to regularly check them out and replace them when necessary.
6. Avoid Wetting Lights
Any lights which are not meant for underwater use need to be well taken care of. In fact, you should truly avoid wetting them and even more so touching them when wet. Indeed, it is highly recommended to keep lights away from water if they are not certified water safe.
Safety around pools is one of the major concerns for parents and homeowners. Having your pool area well lit is very important to avoid unwanted accidents, but at the same time choosing the right kind of light fixture and properly maintaining it so that it keeps on functioning properly around water is also of utmost importance. So keep in mind that the best safety is prevention and maintenance.