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Installation of side glow fiber optic pool lighting

Installation of side glow fiber optic pool lighting

Fiber Optics Swimming Pool Perimeter Lighting

Installation of side glow fiber optic pool lighting


Fiber Optic Perimeter lighting basically requires three different items

1.Light source illuminator


The Illuminator is the light source of the fiber optics. It is where the white light or the color changing actually occurs. The light is then transferred from the illuminator through the sideglow cable and around your swimming pool. The color changing effect is actually caused by a color wheel located inside the Illuminator. One Illuminator can be used for multiple lights (underwater, perimeter, waterfall, or landscape). Port diameter of this 150w metal halide illuminator is 30mm. 

2.Sideglow cable


From the light source the light is transferred through actual fiber. In the case of perimeter lighting the fiber is known as Sideglow cable. The strand of sideglow cable you purchase depends on the shape and color of your pool. The higher the number of strands the brighter the cable. The length of sideglow cable is based on the perimeter length of the pool and the length back to the Illuminator. The cable should start at the Illuminator, end at the Illuminator, and should not exceed 200' in length. The shorter the cable the brighter the light. So a 40' Sideglow cable will be much brighter than a 200' cable.



The Sideglow Cable will need to snap into a track. The track comes in several different varieties. The track you purchase will depend on the type of swimming pool you have and the fiber strand of your cable. There are track and clip for your choice. 

Fiber Optic Perimeter Lighting Layout 

Below is an example of the perimeter layout. The sideglow cable starts at the illuminator and goes through a 1" PVC tube and out around your swimming pool. The cable will snap into your track that you have installed onto swimming pool. The sideglow cable should end back at the Illuminator. The light will flow through both the start and the end of the cable. So in reality there is not start or end of the sideglow cable. The light will flow from both ends and meet in the middle. This allows for the maximum amount of brightness in your fiber optics. 





Q: How do you install perimeter fiber optic track on an existing gunite pool? 
A: There are several tracks for choice, you can choose the U shaped track (the 4th type below). You would add a bead of silicone adhesive to the back of the track and then you would purchase stainless steel screws along with anchor to attach the track to the pool wall. 

Track Options


For use on renovation or new construction. 


Track snaps over vinyl liner. 


For use on renovations or new construction. 


Clear Plastic Track for renovations or new construction. 

Mounts with adhesive tape, screws, and silicone. 


Track snaps over vinyl liner. 

Q: If a vinyl liner pool, what type of coping is being used?
A: Some coping is fiber optic ready, and this will determine which fiber it accepts.

Important Note: 

Sideglow cable is used to accentuate the outline of the pool. It does not illuminate the body of water.

General Fiber Optics Guidelines

1. Sideglow cable must start and terminate at the light source. The total length of a cable can not exceed 200’, including the distance to and from the illuminator.

2. The shorter the loop of cable, the brighter and more even the effect.

3. When possible, a separate loop for the spa helps keep the pool loop short and bright. If total length exceeds 200’, then multiple light sources are necessary. Those light sources must be synchronous. Start the run at one light source, go half way around the pool and exit to a second light source. Then start another run at the second light source, go around the other half of the pool and terminate at the first light source. Try to keep each run approximately the same length for even illumination

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