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Swimming Pool Lights

Swimming pool lights have come a long way over the years and now there are far more choices in swimming pool lights that are also far more reliable.

There are many things to consider when choosing just what type of lighting that you are going to choose for your pool because for instance fiber optics technology is even available for your swimming pool lights that completely eliminate the need for electrical wiring.

Having the correct wattage in your swimming pool lighting is crucial because having swimming pool lights that are too bright can make it uncomfortable for people that are swimming at night. At the same time, swimming pool lights that are too dim can also create their own set of problems and inconveniences.

One popular brand of swimming pool light that is available for smaller pools is called the Spa Brite because they make a wide variety of lower wattage swimming pool lights.

Still one more thing to consider, is that swimming pool designers have become far more creative with swimming pool lights in recent years and more and more people are choosing more then just one big light in the deep end in favor of smaller lights arranged creatively around their pool.

What ever you chose however with regards to swimming pool lights though, it is important that you get it right the first time around because after your pool is installed your options for changes will be minimal at best.

This means tha the best thing that you can do is to talk to an expert and make yourself familiar with all of the various types of swimming pool lights tha are currently available on the market.

Remember, that the sun will showcase your pool during the daytime but at night it is the job of your swimming pool lights to light up and show off your pool.

Written by Joesph Wey. Find the latest information on Swimming pool lights as well as Outdoor lighting

Ten Questions You Need to Ask Your Swimming Pool Contractor

Installing a swimming pool is a major undertaking. It can be stressful to see your backyard torn up, a huge hole in the ground, but it can be much more difficult to deal with if you have no understanding of the process and do not know what to expect. To save yourself a “jump into the deep end”, begin the project by interviewing several prospective Contractors. This person and his team will be in your backyard for what could be weeks. Not only do you want to have a certain level of comfort with your Contractor personally, but you want to have a thorough understanding of what his vision is for your project and the way he will manage his team through the construction process.
The following ten questions should serve as a guideline through this interview process. These questions are designed not only to help you get to know your Contractor but also serve to better inform you, the customer:
1. In general, what does your process include to build a pool? This will not only give you a general overview of the construction process, but an idea early on of exactly what the building package will and will not include.
2. What is this best design that fits my vision and the area? It is time to get specific. Now is the time to present to the Contractor with your vision for the project and to make it clear what you want. This is also a good opportunity to rely on his suggestion based on his years of expertise.
3. What is the best self-cleaning option? As the customer, you must weigh your Contractor’s recommendations against what will provide you the cleanliness, cost, and maintenance schedule that fit your needs.
4. How will the plumbing work? The more you know about the inner workings of your pool, the easier it will be for you to maintain.
5. What options for decorations do you provide? (example: tiles, stones, or pavers)
6. Do you provide additional services such as landscaping, decks, ect.? If not, do you have a company you work with or could recommend?
7. Now that the plan is laid out, what will be your specific plan for this project? Gain a clear understanding of the process, including the basic construction and permit needs.
8. What is the final price? Are there any “unknowns” that could result in additional costs as the construction progresses?
9. What is the schedule for the project? What day will you begin and how long will the process take? Are there any factors such as weather that may slow the process down? And if so, how do you manage around those types of situations?
10. What should I do to prepare?
Remember, this pool will be your oasis. Be sure to remain fully engaged during the process. Before you know it, you and your family and friends will be relaxing on the deck enjoying the sights and sound of your beautiful new pool.
I truly hope you enjoy the new swimming pool… have fun.

We have a 15,000 gallon above ground pool that we’re having issues with getting running. The pool came with the property when we bought it late last year, so this is the first summer we’ve been trying to use it; and it appears the previous owners didn’t use it in a few years and didn’t maintain it very well.

The filter we have is a Haywood DE (the pool is a Doughboy if that makes a difference)
We’ve tried numerous things to get the pump/filter system to work properly; clean it, replace parts (some of which I didn’t initially know were missing) treat it with DE.

Each time we’ve taken these measures, the pump runs great – initially – but after a couple of hours, the pressure on the return tappers to practically nothing. We can refresh it, but the pressure doesn’t return to nearly what it was.

We’ve had to this thing apart countless times now and it’s getting ridiculous.

The only thing the people at the pool supplies place has told us, is that the filter is clogged and needs to be cleaned with filter cleanser. We’ve soaked the filter with bleach, which they say isn’t enough to clean it, but the filter is spotless. If the filter were clogged with calcium and mineral deposits, would we be able to tell by looking at it? Is there’s a better way to clean that, than the $20 bottle of cleaner the pool supplies place sells?

What else might be the problem and how do we fix it?
The pool started off this summer very dirty; it’s finally starting to get clear. We’re fairly certain the previous owners didn’t even open it the last couple of years.
The main problem now has been the loss of output in the return and rising pressure on the guage.
One pool supply place recommended the muratic acid, but a tutorial I saw online said no to use that on a Hayward DE, as it would damage the filter. Which is it?

I live in central Florida; temps here are about 90 degrees (highest) and about 75 degrees at night. What’s the least amount of time I can run my pool pump while keeping the water (generally) balanced?

Our pool store guy says “nothing less than 12 hours”, but I was wondering if we could curtail that to lower our electrical usage!

Owning a good swimming pool is simply great. Besides much talked about health benefits, a swimming pool can be a great venue to enjoy a memorable get-together. However, many people do not realize that having a pool is not enough; a pool owner has to take good care of his or her proud possession to enjoy a life-long service.

A regular maintenance and check-up of your pool help in detecting a big mishap. It will improve the life of the pool and you will get the better service every time. In this article, we’ll discuss few important factors that may help you to detect leakage in your swimming pool:

* First of all, a user has to check his pool thoroughly. Have a close look every where at the filter, pump, heater and the pipe valves. See, if there are any wet areas in the pool.

* Marking the water level at the swimming pools can be a good indication of leakage. You can use a plastic tape or grease pencil to put a sign that indicates that the level of water should not go below the marked sign. Check it everyday and you will notice a leak if any.

* Take the bucket test. In this test, you need to place a bucket filled with water on the pool step. It is important to mark the water level outside as well as inside the bucket. You need to monitor the level; any change may indicate a leak in your swimming pool.

* If you want to locate the exact area of leakage in swimming pools, you can turn off the filtration system and see where the water stops dropping. You will easily notice the area and can take immediate action to revive it soon.

* Calling a professional pool designer could be a worth solution for people who could not identify the exact problem in their pools.

A good swimming pool needs regular maintenance and care. With a little effort, you can enjoy the pleasure of relaxing and refreshing bath for long.

Myself author of swimming pool magazine http://www.poolsearch.org – a swimming pool & hot tub planning guide for Swimming Pool, aboveground & in ground swimming pools.