LED Pool Lights: Fad or Fab
Light Emitting Diodes, better known as LED lights, have been around for decades. Though not ideal for area lighting, these bulbs’ moody lighting effects and extremely efficient power usage have helped them become the new standard in pool lighting.
Though LEDs carry a higher upfront cost than other lights, they also last much longer and can drastically reduce your energy bill. In fact, by the time you need to replace these bulbs, they will have already paid for themselves many times over. With the average kilowatt-hour in the US costing about twelve cents, a LED bulb that runs as low as 42 watts could mean up to 90% savings over traditional lighting options.
But LEDs are not only better for your wallet, they are also much safer for the environment. After all, those energy savings on your end also mean less energy produced by power plants all over the United States. Considering all this, it’s not hard to see why many pool owners are more than happy to make the switch.
Plenty of Color Options
Unlike old halogen lights, which needed to be manually changed if you wanted a different color, most common LED lights have color-changing features built right into the bulb. From red to white to green and orange, you can add plenty of flair to your nighttime dips without having to put in any extra effort.
In fact, some pool owners have invested in special light combinations, which can create a unique theme for their entire backyard. Many of these are adjustable, with a variety of settings that can be controlled by remote. So, wherever you are, you’re never more than a few clicks away from a great-looking pool.
Traditional White Pool Lights
If you want a more classic look for your pool, you’ll find there are a lot of options for plain white bulbs as well. Not only are they incredibly bright, but they come in a variety of different wattages as well. It should be noted, however, that white light does not carry quite as well in water. Though some people will prefer this softer look, others will feel let down by the somewhat underwhelming display.
The Downside of LED
As we mentioned before, the massive cost savings that come from using LED lights are something that you and your family are sure to enjoy – eventually. Upfront, LED light bulbs are much more expensive than those older incandescent options. In fact, you can usually expect to shell out around $150 to $250 for a replacement for your pool.
This added expense is compounded by the fact that the entire fixture must be replaced once the bulb burns out. This is because LED fixtures are factory sealed to prevent leakage. Though this is a great way to protect the light from your pool water (and vice versa), the extra cost may be a turn-off for some.