As a long-time pool enthusiast, I’ve experimented with dozens of different pool lights to illuminate my pool. Some were great, and some lasted only a few months before they became useless.
After countless trials and errors, I’ve come up with a list of the above-ground pool lights that I believe are the highest in quality.
If you are a pool owner looking for the best above ground pool lighting, you’ll find this list useful.
Let’s get started!
What is the best above ground pool light?
Here’s the list of the 7 best above ground pool lights.
1. Intex magnetic pool wall light
This Intex magnetic LED pool light makes the top of the list as the best above ground pool light. It attaches magnetically to your pool wall, making it a partially wireless pool light.
Half of the pool light sticks to your outer pool wall transmitting a signal to the other half that’s attached to your pool’s inner wall.
This magnetic attachment lets you place the Intex swimming pool light virtually anywhere you want on your above ground pool wall. All you need to do is line up the magnets on both sides of your pool wall, and they will automatically snap together.
When you detach the outer light from the wall, the inner pool light will float in the water, making it easy for you to pick the light out of your pool.
This product comes with a 26-ft power cord, which should be long enough to cover most above ground pools’ perimeter.
The pool lighting comes in five different colors, and you can also set the device to the color-changing mode if you think you’ll get bored of just one color. The color-changing setting will brighten up your pool, creating a beautiful color effect in and around your pool area.
Moreover, the light isn’t so bright that it will blind your eyes, but it’s bright enough so that you can see inside your pool water when it’s dark outside. If you enjoy swimming at night, this will serve as a great addition to your above ground swimming pool.
Most importantly, it’s safe to use thanks to its low voltage current.
A word of caution: It does not work with a metal (and aluminum) wall or an inground pool.
2. NiteLighter underwater LED light
The NightLiter is a highly rated underwater pool light for an above ground swimming pool.
This underwater light is an excellent choice whether you plan to have an evening pool party or just chill out in your swimming pool during the night.
My favorite feature is that you don’t need to worry if you accidentally forget to turn off the light after your swimming session. This pool light has a mechanism that makes it automatically shut off after two hours.
That said, it can become slightly annoying if you’re staying in the pool for more than a couple of hours and want the light to stay on. But it’s a requirement by ETL to ensure safety for people who buy and use the product.
Just like the Intex light, this one’s also very easy to install and doesn’t require any drilling. The mounting bracket and thumbwheel features make the installation process quick and simple.
All in all, it’s an effective swimming pool light that will keep your pool bright at night.
3. LOFTEK submersible LED light with magnets
The LOFTEK is one of the more popular underwater lights available. These work well for both above ground and inground pool.
It comes in four sizes: 1, 2, 4, and an 8-pack.
With 13 LEDs and 20 hours of battery capacity, these submersible lights are brighter and more durable than most of their competitors. Additionally, the product comes with remote control, so you don’t have to turn the light on and off manually.
With the LOFTEK, you don’t need to worry about the light getting damaged in your pool water since it has an IP68 waterproof rating.
But if your product is damaged for whatever reason, you can simply return it within 45 days to get a full, unconditional refund. Besides, the company offers 2 years free replacement if you experience any issue with the product.
These aren’t the cheapest pool light available. But as the saying goes, you get what you pay for. If your budget allows, I’d highly recommend you consider these submersible lights for your pool
4. Bluefree floating pool light
The Bluefree LED floating light has a starfish design, enhancing your above-ground pool’s visual aesthetics.
Each magnetic pool light contains 10 LED with 7-color options, and with the push of a button, you can change from one color to another.
There aren’t too many limits to where you can put this floating light. You can place it in your swimming pool, ponds, fountains, etc. It’s fully waterproof; you just need to make sure the cap is sealed tightly.
You can also attach these lights to your pool wall. As long as the surface is made of a magnet-friendly metal, these lights will readily stick to it. If you’d rather place these lights on your pool deck, that works too.
What I love about these lights is how minimalistic they are. You don’t need any fancy tools to install these, and they don’t even have cords. All you need is three AAA batteries to get these lights to work.
5. Blibly swimming pool solar light
The Bilbly solar pool light uses solar light to brighten up your pool. It comes with a built-in battery that absorbs sunlight during the day, and the charged battery powers the pool light during the night. The battery charges quickly and also last quite a while.
The remote controller you get with the product can cover a distance of 13-ft, allowing you to control everything from inside your pool conveniently.
Using the controller, you can choose between 16 different color options, so you don’t have to endure just one color throughout the night.
Besides, the light has four illumination modes, which you can also control with the remote.
In other words, this solar pool light is easy to use and comes with endless color options, which are always a good combination for pool lights.
Because of its convenience and portability, you can use this solar light for many different purposes. You may use it as a floating pool light or even as landscape lighting to ensure safety when accessing your backyard.
The only downside is that it can get a little pricey if you intend to buy several of these.
6. ILEDlight pool LED bulb
The ILEDlight LED pool light bulb is the right choice for those who are looking to save energy. In fact, this light bulb is capable of replacing up to 200 to 800 Watt halogen bulb or incandescent bulb.
Because of its brightness, the ILEDlight bulb also serves as a great option for pools that require powerful lumen lighting. Once you install this bad boy, you won’t have any trouble swimming around your pool at night.
It’s irritating when you have to wait a while to see things clearly after turning on the light. That’s why I love how this one is bright immediately after you turn on the light, unlike incandescent light that takes time to reach its maximum brightness.
Plus, this bulb’s brighter color will get your pool looking much younger and cooler, making it more visually appealing.
The company provides a solid guarantee. If there’s anything wrong with the LED bulb, you can return it for a hassle-free refund.
7. Minger RGB LED strip lights
If you’re looking for a pool lighting option that’s more suitable for decorative purposes, you might consider the Minger RGB LED strip light.
While these strip lights are not as waterproof as some of the previously mentioned pool lights, they still come with a water-resistant capability to withstand some contact with water and will hold up just fine when it rains outside.
The 16 extra color options will allow you to mix different colors together to create a beautiful combination of colors that will light up your pool.
Like most high-quality lights we’ve reviewed in this article, these strip lights are also ETL certified and use a low-voltage power supply for safety.
The installation process is straightforward. You just need to set up the lights using adhesives and support clips that come with the package, and they are good to go.
Plus, you’ll also get a remote controller for ease of use.
You can’t go wrong with the LED strip light if you are serious about improving your pool aesthetics.
8. Pentair Aqualuminator aboveground pool light
The last one on the list is the Pentair Aqualuminator.
The Pentair’s lighting system uses an energy-efficient halogen light with a 4,000-hour life to light up pools. It’s a powerful device that will illuminate the entire pool area.
The setup process is simple and just requires you to plug-in a 25-foot long cord without needing any extra wiring.
One downside is that the bulb can be slightly expensive to replace. That said, it will last you years before you have to worry about replacement.
It’s important to note that the package doesn’t contain a transformer which you need to get this light to work, so this product is mainly suitable for those who already own the transformer.
In case anything goes wrong with the product, the company offers a 1-year guarantee.
You need to consider many different things when choosing lights for your aboveground pool.
Above all, safety is the primary concern. Luckily, most pool lights on this list are ETL certified, which serves as a stamp of approval for safety.
Your choice will also vary depending on your budget, pool material, and where you want to place lights.
As said earlier, strip lights are an excellent choice if used for a decorative reason, but there are better alternatives if you strictly only care about the functionality.
I recommend the Bluefree lights if you like the idea of a floating light with a unique design that will catch people’s eyes.
The Intex magnetic pool wall light will serve you well if you want a magnetic pool light that can easily attach to any part of your pool wall.
I hope this guide helped you decide on what lights you should buy for your aboveground pool!