Indoor Pool Lighting

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Indoor Pool Lighting

Ecoglow’s Induction Lights Suitability to Indoor Pool Environments

Lighting an indoor pool is a challenging endeavour. Selection of the correct energy efficient light is critical to ensuring light longevity, proper light levels, as well as controlling glare in the environment.

The main issues to consider for the indoor pool environment when upgrading lights are as follows:


Safety, as expected, is the most important consideration.  Lifeguards must be able scan the pool bottom or observe swimmers’ details such as facial features or expressions so it’s vitally important the pool has the right illumination in terms of level, uniformity, no obstructions or glare which is often a major problem for lifeguards.

Lighting Level and Uniformity

It is recommended that the most recent version of the Australian lighting Standards is consulted.  Undertaking a lighting plan with the correct design and calculations ensures the correct light levels and uniformity is achieved ensuring the basis for a safe environment.

Location and Mounting Height

Placing lights around the perimeter is the preferred method for illuminating an indoor pool. We would recommend it’s important to maintain a minimum of 4 metres between the pool deck and the bottom of any suspended ‘light.  Lights can be placed over the body of water (provided there is enough clearance), however it is not recommended primarily for maintenance reasons.

Create a Low Glare Environment

Creating a low glare environment is one of the most important considerations to avoid for an indoor pool centre.  If there is glare on the water, lifeguards unable to see below the water surface which becomes a major safety issue.  Glare is simply reflected light off the water surface into someone’s eyes causing discomfort an impaired vision.

Placement of lights in front of life guards or swimmers presents the highest likelihood of creating glare. As mentioned above we recommend placing lighting fixtures around the pool at a minimum height of 4m from the pool surface.  If possible the ceiling and walls should be painted an off-white colour with a matt finish.  This surface coating will assist in minimising glare onto the water surface.  

Luminaire Selection

The selection should take into account minimising glare and consideration of the caustic environment that is present in an indoor pool environment.

The preferred light choice is a light that provides an indirect light spread that is easy on the eye.  For these reasons Induction technology is the preferred light choice as it’s an indirect soft light that is well suited to reflective environments. LEDs are not suited to indoor pools with reflective surfaces because they are a point source light and are known for their high glare.

Chemicals and moisture in the air is an issue for the lights in an indoor pool as they can destroy fixtures within a year. We t recommend a powder coated fixture with all exposed metal components powder coated.

Ecoglow’s induction technology lights have been successfully deployed in indoor pool environments.