A pond is not just a water feature. It can be the focal point of your entire yard, but if there is no lighting, it will fade into the darkness at sundown and only be a worthwhile attraction during daylight hours.
Underwater pond lights extend the appeal for as long as you want in a twenty-four hour period. It makes a lot of sense to light your pond at night because not only does it enhance the setting, but it also provides a kind of warning system that the pond is there so that no danger is caused to children or animals in the vicinity. Installing underwater pond lights is a do-it-yourself project that can be completed in a weekend.
Do-it-yourself underwater pond lights kits are available at hardware and specialist stores. They most commonly consist of low voltage waterproof lights, cable and a transformer that connects to your electricity mains.
Although seeking the advice of an electrical contractor is wise when working with lighting, particularly the underwater variety, the low voltage of these systems makes it a non-hazardous job, providing you read all the instructions and proceed with due caution.
Never buy used components for outdoor lighting systems because there is no way of knowing if they have been compromised in any way. Also, be sure to buy the right components for the job. Only lights certified for underwater use are suitable. Products that claim to be showerproof, or even waterproof may not be appropriate for submersion.
Once the safety issues are dealt with, you can have fun shopping for the kinds of lights you would like to install. Manufacturers are coming up with excellent products that can turn your pond into a nighttime work of art. Colored underwater pond lights create a festive ambience that you can even change according to the season if you wish.
Pond Novelty Items
For pure novelty value, you can buy artificial lily pads that diffuse light from the underside, down and into the water. They float realistically and can be anchored in place. Underwater pond lights also come in the form of fiber optic sunflowers and poinsettias that utilize the energy of the sun to emit beautiful light at night. The stems of the flowers are submerged and are connected to a moveable solar panel so that the flowers themselves do not have to be directed towards the sun.