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Old 03-30-2011, 05:08 PM   #1
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VA res Code and IRC required luminaries no closer than 5 ft from highest water level, and no closer thatn 5ft from inner pool wall. What are my options for lighting over the pool area in this scenario? I have an 18ft by 13 ft basement and daughter with arthritis and want to put in therapy pool in my basement. Fiber Optic lights are super expensive, Wet location rated LEDs are only 14.6 watt 115v and put out 65 watts of light bulb power, but nothing I have let me put lights in my 8ft basement ceiling? Any ideas or ways around this?

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Old 03-30-2011, 06:18 PM   #2
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I wouldn't install a pool in my basement, regardless what you think. Worst case is, the mold spores in the space will reactive and start wrecking havoc on the house, let alone the humidity from the pool, and noise from the equipment. Unless the space was built for a pool in mind, best to keep them where they belong, and that is outdoors, or in a space built specifically for a pool in mind.

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Old 03-30-2011, 06:24 PM   #3
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Is the pool flush with the floor or is it raised? Flush with the floor it should be easy to get the required clearance.
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I'd love to have it outside but I have no yard. Agree with you on that score.

It is flat on the slab, but the sidw height is 52inches and that leaves only 4 ft of overhead space.
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You are going to have to use sidewall watertight lights then. That means conduit & watertight fittings. Also, will need to run a dehumidifier, have a alarm in the space to warm of possible flooding, etc. Also check with the home owner's insurance, because they may not cover you with the pool in a space that is not made for it.

It may just even be easier to just check with a few nursing homes in the area that may have a pool there, that she could use. A couple around us in our town charge a nominal fee for those people wishing to use the pool for therapy.
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It is flat on the slab, but the sidw height is 52inches and that leaves only 4 ft of overhead space.
This sounds like an above ground pool your planning to use. It also sounds like you plan to build it on top of your basement floor, Do you know how much this pool is going to weigh when it's full....way more than your floor will support. I agree with everyone else about humidity and mold.....it WILL ruin your house.

But if you must do it why not just use indoor lamps plugged into gfi protected outlets placed at a safe distance from the pools edge. Then light the pool for user safety with a pentair aqualuminator light or smartpool nightlighter, Both are for use in above ground pools.
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i`d be looking into low voltage units,and a dehumidifier.

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