Pond Lighting

What Are The Different Pond Lighting Options?Effective pond lighting requires a creative touch. It can be difficult to find the right balance of intensity, color and placement. Too many fixtures or fixtures that are too bright may come off as too harsh or will fail to accent the best parts of the water feature. Poor placement will cause distracting shadows or accent the wrong parts of the feature. For this reason, it is best to consult with a professional when it comes to illuminating this type of water feature. Here are a few options the professional may present to the homeowner.

  • Floating pond lighting: Some fixtures are designed to float on the water’s surface and may be disguised as water lilies or something else that helps them blend in to the surroundings. These fixtures are typically not anchored to anything, so they move wherever the current takes them. To prevent bulky power cords from getting in the way, many of these fixtures are solar powered and automatically activated at night. They are usually fairly inexpensive and simple to set up, but because they move around a lot, they are rather unpredictable.
  • Underwater fixtures: Also known as submersible fixtures, these lamps are placed under the water’s surface, usually mounted along the bottom of the water feature. They require more work to set up, but they can create dramatic effects on the water’s surface. They are particularly effective when placed beneath a waterfall or in a pool of water that has lots of fish in it, as these will be beautifully accented. However, they should only be placed in water that is clear and clean. Any suspended debris will make the water appear murky.
  • Land based pond lighting: One of the best options for displaying a water feature is to place the fixtures away from the water itself. This form of illumination works best when there are several places to conceal the fixtures, like rocks or landscaping. They can outline the edges of the water feature, giving shape and body to the water even at night. This option promotes better safety around the water feature and doesn’t wash out the moon’s reflection on the water, something that homeowners often like to preserve.


No matter how the fixtures are installed, it is best to choose LED lamps for this job. Halogen and LED fixtures are the only two technologies safe and practical enough to use around water. However, halogen has been surpassed by LED over time, as LED is more efficient, brighter, and more durable. Halogen fixtures are less expensive upfront but will end up costing more over the lifetime of the bulb. LED fixtures are around three times brighter than halogen and can last nearly 10 times as long as halogen bulbs. They also generate close to zero heat, which makes them safe to touch. Finally, LED fixtures are highly customizable and can be fitted with a number of filters to create a colorful waterscape.

Bringing out the natural beauty of water takes a little work, but it is worth it.
These fixtures can take a mundane water feature and turn it into an enchanting oasis once the sun goes down.

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