Whether you are designing a new pool, or remodeling your existing one, a major part of any project is the lighting. When the sun goes down, and the outdoor lighting comes on, the pool can be a truly magical part of your home.
First things first; you’ll need to decide on what type of lights to use. There are three types of pool lights – Halogen, LED, or Fiber Optics. Let’s look at each.
Halogen Pool Lights
Halogen lights were formerly the most popular pool lights, but as technologies evolved, so have available pool lights. Halogen lights can be installed in all types of pools. Halogen lights are affordable and can easily light up your entire pool, or any part of it. The biggest drawback of halogen lights is that they are not very energy efficient. Also, there are a limited number of colors to choosed from.
LED Pool Lights
LED lights are the most popular lighting option today. They shine bright, have plenty of colors, are durable and perhaps most importantly, they are energy efficient. LED lights use about 80% less energy than halogen lights. LED lights can be added to any type of pool. They are popular with floating pool lights for above ground pools. They are very bright and depending on your pool size, you may only need one LED light. The same can’t be said for halogen or fiber optic lights. Compared to fiber optic lights, LED pool lights are much cheaper. Finally, they can last anywhere from seven to 15 years, according to swimming pool suppliers. The only problem is when you have to change bulbs. You have to remove the sealed housing unit and take it above water. The entire process for changing the bulb could take up to 30 minutes. Some homeowners may have an issue holding lights within a pool and if so, you should contact a pool contractor in your area.
Fiber Optic Pool Lights
The ultimate in pool lights can set the mood or enhance your swimming experience. Fiber optic lights come a wide array of colors and can be easily installed under water, around your pool or within a waterfall. The major advantage of fiber optic lights is the simplicity in replacing them. They are usually placed above the pool in a dry box. All you have to do is open the box and change the bulb. It’s much faster than changing LED bulbs. The fiber carries the light from a bulb to wherever you like it.
When it comes to cost and durability, LED is your best choice. Fiber optic lights need a large fan to cool the bulb down, which costs extra. Also, compared to the 15-year lifespan of an LED light, fiber optic lights usually last under seven years.
Pool lights represent a considerable investment initially, but they also have a major effect on your swimming experience. Whether you want to take a dip at night or set a romantic evening with your significant other, pool lights are a decision you should consider carefully.
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