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Frequently Asked Questions

We spoke to our customers and asked them their biggest questions relating to Natatorium Lights for Indoor Swimming Pools. Can’t find an answer below? Call us at (888) 423-3191 and a lighting expert will support you in this process.

Want more information? Read our Commercial Natatorium Lighting Guide.

General Information About Natatorium Lighting

What is Natatorium Lighting?

Natatorium Lights are designed for use in indoor swimming pool facilities. They have special coatings that make the capable of operating in the swimming pool environment. These commercial indoor pool lights are designed to last for a very long time without maintenance.

What’s Natatorium Rated Mean?

There is no ‘rating’ per se, but there are lights rated to work within the natatorium environment. Natatorium lighting fixtures are always exposed to high humidity, water and chlorine. So the fixture’s rating should withstand this type of environment.

Using tempered glass lenses on our High Bay LED Lights, and using the epoxy finish/powder coat will protect the fixture from corrosion. The body of the UFO LED Lights is cast aluminum which performs very well in this type of environment. Additionally, any fixture used should be IP65 or higher.

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What Is the Best Lighting Color Temperature for a Natatorium?

Our customers ask for either 4000K or 5000K. 5000K is a good replacement for metal halide fixtures. We offer both color options for our Natatorium Rated Commercial Swimming Pool Lights.

What Are the Guidelines for Natatorium Lighting Fixtures?

This depends on the level of competition. Here are some guidelines that you can use to determine how much you need.

Professional Level: Pool: 75 foot candles (fc), Deck: 50 foot candles (fc)
College Level: Pool: 50 fc, Deck: 20 fc
Recreation Level: Pool 30 fc, Deck: 10 fc

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Are All High Bay Light Fixtures Usable in a Commercial Pool Building?

Not all. There are specific high bay fixtures on our site that we would recommend over others. Our UFO fixtures with tempered glass lenses have been used in a commercial natatorium since 2016. To date, there have been no issues or failures that we’re aware of.

Before You Buy: Natatorium Lighting

Do you have your Natatorium Rated LED Lights installed in pools across the country?

Yes, we do. We have many UFO fixtures and LED Retrofit Kits installed in natatoriums. Many of our lights are inside many YMCA facilities.

Can You Use Parking Lot Area Lights for an Outdoor Pool?

You can, but this assumes there are poles mounted close to the perimeter of the pool. You would also want to make sure the LED Parking Lot Lights have the right optic pattern. The best thing to do is ask us to create a lighting plan for you. This way, we can show you the light levels across the ‘surface’ of the pool and deck.

How Many Lumens Do You Need for an Indoor Swimming Pool?

Start with deciding how much light or foot candles you need, and then have us create a lighting plan. The lighting plan will show you the ideal light locations. It will also show the type of fixtures used, and foot candles across the surface of the pool and deck.

Just as important as lumens, picking the appropriate optic package to ensure a good beam spread.

Should I Use New Fixtures or Can I Retrofit?

Many natatoriums use ‘up-lighting’ that shines light against a reflective ceiling. This is a great way to reduce, if not cut, glare. These fixtures are also expensive. Retrofitting is a great option. It allows you to convert to LED and keep the investment in your existing up-lighting. The existing fixture must be in reusable condition if retrofitting. Otherwise, replacing is the way to go.

Do You Sell Up-light Natatorium Rated Fixtures?

We sell retrofit kits to retrofit up-light fixtures. We do offer flood lights and other fixtures that can aim upwards like an up-light.

Can These Fixtures Get Wet When Used in a Natatorium?

Yes, the fixtures we have listed here are all IP65 rated or above.

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Will Chlorine Degrade Your Natatorium Rated LED Light Fixtures?

It shouldn’t. Our UFO high bays are cast aluminum with an industrial-grade powder coat. When using them, use a tempered glass lens. This should keep them safe from the effects of chlorine.

What Is the Warranty on the Fixtures? What Does it Cover?

The warranty on these natatorium rated lighting is 5 years, and it covers all normal wear and tear issues. If there is any problem, call us. We’re here to help.

Installation Information On Natatorium Lighting

Are There Any Special Installation Instructions to Ensure the Fixtures Are Not Damaged by Chlorine?

None. Follow the normal installation procedures and you should be set.

How Do I Install a Lens to Reduce Glare on the Water?

Frosted lens covers are a good tactic to reduce glare. This is something we do a lot on sports courts and gymnasium installations as well.

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