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Installing & Maintaining Pond Lights

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Published: 03/30/2018 by Home Pros Guide


Adding pond lights is a great way to bring your water garden or feature to life after dark. It adds a focal point in your nighttime landscape and lets you enjoy your pond once the sun goes down.

Water and electricity are generally not compatible, so before you select your pond lights make sure they are designed with waterproof seals so they can be used in or out of the water and check your weatherproof power supply.


There are many options when it comes to outdoor lighting from halogen and LED lights, white or colored lighting and lights that are designed for your landscape or water features. Here are just a few options to help you get started:

Color Options:

Most pond lights will comes with a standard white light but some will come with color filtered with the options of changing colors using interchangeable lenses.

Soft Glow:

Create a soft glow by placing an halogen waterproof light underneath any waterfall.

Camouflage Your Lights:

Rock Lights can be used in or out of the pond. Made with a realistic stone finish these lights can blend into any landscape.


Underwater lighting is best installed when your pond is empty, like while it is being constructed or – in most cases – while you are doing your annual clean-out. However, if you cannot wait, you may want to consider an installation without submerged lights.

Position the pond lights so they are facing the pond or place them under the waterfall but away from the viewing area so visitors can enjoy the beauty of the lights without getting blinded. Once the light is in place use your existing plants or rocks to hide the cord, but remember to wrap some excess cord around the light so you can easily pull it out of the water when it is time to do some maintenance.


If the lights selected came with a photocell, be sure to keep the photocell out of the water and into an area where it will not be covered up on windy days from bushes or other plants. The photocell detects darkness allowing the lights to turn on without having to flip a switch and they will turn off at dawn. For light sets that do not come with a photocell or if you only want the lights on until a certain time, you can hook up the lights quick connects to a common timer.


If the intensity of your light is fading or the bulb burned out replace the bulbs or give those lenses a good scrubbing as they accumulate debris or algae overtime. Do not use chemicals or household cleaning agents. We also recommend cleaning lighting during your annual clean-out.