What You Need to Know About LED Pool Lighting
Why Choose LED Pool Lighting?
High-Definition Lighting that Lasts
The growing popularity of color-changing light emitting diode (LED) lighting for pools and spas is primarily due to the brilliant-lighting effects of newer systems. The difference between old technology (incandescent) pool lighting and LED pool lighting is like comparing a standard definition television to a high-definition television—the colors and visual quality are simply stronger,brighter and more appealing. Many pool owners also choose LED pool lighting because it is a more eco-friendly option. Not only do LEDs use far less electricity, an LED light can last six times longer than an incandescent light of equal brightness.
The Most Energy-Efficient Lighting Available
An LED is a small semi-conductor device that converts electrical energy directly into light. Since there is no filament, an LED does not heat up the way an incandescent bulb does, which wastes up to 80% of the electricity routed to it to produce heat rather than light. An LED light like the Pentair IntelliBrite® 5g White LED Light provides a noticeably brighter light while using 86% less energy than an incandescent bulb—resulting in significant energy savings.
Brilliant Colors for Unmatched Visual Appeal
The main attraction of LED lighting is the stunning visual appeal and ability to change up the lighting to suit any mood or event. Today’s best color-changing LED pool lights feature numerous light options—from static colors like blue, green, magenta, red and white to dynamic pre-programmed light shows that enhance nighttime poolscapes with rich and vibrant colors. The light shows range from slow and soothing, to fast and energetic.
Choosing the particular color or light show for your pool is usually a simple process of stepping through the selections until you find your desired setting. Other systems allow you to include a dedicated controller to make choosing and programming your lights even easier and synchronize LED lights in your pool, spa and landscape.
LED Lighting Lasts
The bulbs used in some incandescent lights have a rated life of 2,000 hours. LED lights have been proven to last many times longer than this. In the past, LED pool lighting has received negative feedback because if one LED burned out all of the LEDs would stop working, similar to old holiday lights. However, new LED pool lighting systems like the IntelliBrite 5g Color LED will continue to work even when one LED burns out.