Glow in the dark tile, Luminiscentes collection from Vidrepur Photo courtesy Vidrepur
Gel coat phosphorescence by Atmosphere Piscines Photo courtesy
Glow Crystals, the StoneGlo line by StoneScape Industries Photo courtesy StoneScape Industries

One of today's brightest choices for illuminating a swimming pool is not actually a light at all. A growing number of phosphorescent alternatives are allowing designers to get creative while staying on target with today's top trends.

These glow-in-the-dark options produce a unique aesthetic while maintaining the safety that traditional pool lighting provides. And in a market clamoring for efficiency, phosphorescent lighting also offers the potential to reduce energy and repair costs.

Here's a closer look at three possibilities.

Glow-in-the-dark glass pool tile Glass tile has become a popular option in recent years. Now, several manufacturers make a glow-in-the-dark selection. Standard size options and different colors are available, and some models are made from recycled glass. Another benefit: with more pool owners looking to integrate the pool into a total backyard concept, many glow-in-the-dark glass tiles can also be used as accents around the space, for example in an outdoor kitchen.

Gel coat phosphorescence The French company, Atmosphere Piscines, has come up with another phosphorescent pool design. According to a review on, the glow-in-the-dark effect is created from a gel coat that covers the pool surface. The gel coat can be used on the entire surface or just as an accent in specific areas.

Glow crystals With crystals such as the StoneGlo line from StoneScape Industries, it's possible to integrate some light directly into a plaster pool surface. These crystals are chemical resistant; UV resistant; and come in a variety of sizes, from powder fine to large.

What makes glow-in-the-dark worth considering in your designs?