While both in-pool lighting and pool-area lighting can certainly include a variety of options and your choices will largely be determined by your purpose, the housing of the light fixtures you choose will make a big difference in the durability you enjoy verses the maintenance issues you face. Especially if you plan to live in your home and utilize your in-ground swimming pool for a decade or more, choosing outdoor light fixtures made from corrosion-resistant materials becomes an important aspect of your pool lighting choices.
Introduction to Corrosion-Resistant Fixtures
When you’re installing lights outdoors and around water, corrosion resistance is an important feature. Copper and brass are top choices when it comes to corrosion resistance. An alloy made from Copper and Zinc, Brass joins Copper in being much more resilient than plastic or low-grade metal. While high-quality fixtures made from these materials certainly represent a greater initial investment, they end up more cost-effective over time, due to their longevity.
Brass Light Fixtures
Brass outdoor lights allow for an increased lifespan of your fixtures by building a sturdy core. Appreciated especially in coastal regions, Brass will darken and develop what’s called a “patina,” but it will not corrode, allowing it to stand up to decades of use. You may pay more for Brass light fixtures initially, but you won’t have to repair or replace them nearly as often as you would if you chose those made from cheaper materials, allowing them to be more economical in the long term. Some Brass lighting even comes with lifetime manufacturer warranties.
Copper Light Fixtures
Many people prefer Copper for its beauty, even though brass is slightly more durable. Like Brass, Copper will also develop a darker patina over time. Sometimes Brass fixtures are even coated with Copper, offering the benefits of both metals. Copper fixtures won’t rust or bend with harsh winds; they also boast environmental friendliness, since once the fixtures do eventually meet the end of their usefulness, the metal can be recycled. The stylish look of copper can easily be used to illuminate your high-end swimming pool patio as well as the pathway to your front door, allowing you to create a unified outdoor atmosphere.
With so many possibilities on the market, for both in-pool and pool-area lighting, there’s a wide range of cost associated with it. If funds are limited, we’d recommend having a long-range plan in place and doing one section or type of lighting at a time with quality materials such as Brass and Copper, rather than doing it cheaply all at once. Perhaps you could install in-pool lighting initially and use temporary options like Tiki torches and string lights for the area surrounding the pool at first, but then add path lighting the next year and moon lighting the following season. You’ll never regret investing in quality materials; however, you can easily regret going the cheap route.
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