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How Bright Should a Pool Light Be?

As the world of LED lighting continues to evolve, pool owners are presented with an array of choices when it comes to illuminating their outdoor. The right pool lighting not only enhances the visual appeal but also ensures safety during those evening swims. In this blog post, we delve into the importance of brightness in pool lighting and guide you through selecting the perfect pool LED strip lights.


The Brightness Quandary: Unveiling the MAHC Code Standards

Understanding the ideal brightness for your pool light is crucial, and industry standards set the benchmark for optimal illumination. According to the 2023 MAHC Code (4th Edition)  released by the MAHC company on February 1, 2023, Section stipulates the Minimum Requirements for underwater lighting. It explicitly states that underwater lighting, where provided, shall be not less than eight initial rated lumens per square foot of the pool water surface area.

This code emphasizes the significance of achieving a balanced and adequately bright environment for pool users. Adequate illumination is not only about aesthetics but also about ensuring a safe and enjoyable swimming experience.


Calculating the Illuminance: A Practical Example

Let's break down the practical application of these standards with an example. Consider the same-sized 30ft by 15ft pool, surrounded by two types of led pool strip lights: one with a luminous flux of 137lm/ft (450lm/m, single color pool lights) and the other with 45.7lm/ft (150lm/m, colored pool lights). Let's calculate the illuminance for both scenarios.

Single Color Pool Lights Calculation

Pool surface area: 450ft².

Surface area conversion to square meters: 41.805m².

Single color pool light total luminous flux: ≈12344.4lm.

Illuminance per square foot: ≈27.43lm/ft².

Colored Pool Lights Calculation

Pool surface area remains the same.

Colored pool light total luminous flux: ≈4123.2lm.

Illuminance per square foot: ≈9.18lm/ft².

These calculations demonstrate that the single color pool light provides a higher illuminance of approximately 27.43lm/ft², compared to the colored pool light with an illuminance of approximately 9.18lm/ft². Both values meet the minimum requirements of the MAHC Code. The choice between single color and colored bright pool lights depends on personal preferences and design considerations.

In conclusion, our pool led strip series offers various options to meet different lighting needs and aesthetic considerations. Whether you prefer the higher illuminance of single color lights or the colorful ambiance of colored lights, our pool coping lights are designed to enhance your pool experience.

PaneraLux LED light strips, in alignment with the 2023 MAHC Code, offer a superior lighting solution that combines aesthetics, functionality, and efficiency.


Key Features of Our LED Light Strips

Optimal Luminous Flux

Our pool light strip provides an optimal luminous flux, ensuring that your pool meets or exceeds industry standards for underwater lighting.

Energy Efficiency

With energy-efficient LED technology, our underwater super bright led pool lights not only meet brightness requirements but also contribute to Eco-friendly and cost-effective pool lighting.

Durable and Waterproof

Built to withstand the challenging pool environment, our bright above ground pool lights are durable, corrosion-resistant, and waterproof, ensuring longevity and safety.

Easy Installation

Designed with user convenience in mind, our pool led strips are easy to install, making them an ideal choice for pool owners seeking a hassle-free lighting solution.


Choosing the right bright led pool light is more than just a matter of brightness, it's about adhering to industry standards and ensuring a safe and enjoyable environment.

PaneraLux offers professional pool light strip and garden led strips, we are experts in the field of LED knowledge. If you have any need, feel free to email us or click the icon in the bottom right corner, Chat with us and you can get professional advice soon.

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