LED Pool Lights

by Pool Builders on 04-19-2009 in Articles

LED pool lights use light emitting diodes to shed light on the pool water. They are fully waterproof and can be used above or below the water. Since their introduction, a lot of pool owners have replaced their traditional incandescent lighting by the pool lights made of the newer technology. Compared with the traditional lighting system, LED lights provide much better color options and best appreciated by their energy saving and low maintenance features.

LED lights are available with color change options that feature various modes to make the pool water appear to be one color or multiple colors at a time. LED is actually the only artificial light source to produce colored light, not just one or two colors, but all the colors of the spectrum. Very often, the LED lighting system come with different preset program with various colors and color changing shows. So besides illuminating the pool, there are options that offer a relaxing and elegant lighting, perfect for outdoor dinner parties, or offer calming colors that provide a nice romantic style of lighting. Color changing LED lights are comparable to the fiber optics pool lights found in other pools, but will save you money on your energy bill.

Although the initial cost of LED pool lights would be a little higher than the traditional lighting, pool owners can save money in operational cost and take advantage of their longevity. They consume a small fraction of the power, up to 90% energy saving. They also require little maintenance as they last considerably longer than incandescent lighting, up to 100,000 hours in average. LEDs don't typically burn out like traditional lighting, but rather gradually decrease in light output. They are more resistant to thermal and vibration shocks and turn on instantly, making them ideal for applications subject to frequent on-off cycling.

Another reason why LED pool lights are more attractive to pool owners than the traditional pool lights is that LED lights are very eco-friendly and their fixtures are some of the only "green" products that are able to be used at pools. They do not contain anything to harm the environment.

A wide range of swimming pool lights manufactured with LED technology is available on the market. If you have pool light system installed, you can also replace your bulb with certain type of LED light bulbs. Compared to other pool light bulbs, this type of LED pool lights has a small number in power output and uses about 90% less energy. But you still have the brightness. A 50 Watt LED light can have a white output that is comparable to a 250 Watt light bulb.

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