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The Top 7 Reasons to Install LED Lights in Your Pool
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If you only swim in your pool during the day, then you’re not having the true pool ownership experience. Of course, it is not advisable to swim in complete darkness either. A suitable compromise is to install LED pool lights to brighten up your pool water and allow you to see it at night. You’ll also be able to see any weird creatures that may be inhabiting the water.
There are a couple of other benefits to installing LED pool lights, such as saving more money than if you were to use regular lights. In addition, LED lights make swimming more fun and exciting. There are so many color choices to choose from as well.
How it Works
Not all light bulbs are the same. An LED light is a light-emitting diode light. This type of light is known for being more energy efficient than a traditional incandescent light bulb. To understand why it is, you need to learn a few new words and perform some math calculations.
Aside from energy efficiency and money savings, LED pool lights have so many technologically innovative control features and aesthetics. Classic lighting cannot compete with this.
Every light bulb needs electricity to generate light. The amount of energy used is referred to as wattage. This is how the energy efficiency of a bulb is determined. For instance, an incandescent light bulb that is 100 watts can generate light with electricity which exists inside of an interior filament. For every 60 minutes the bulb is on, 100 watts of energy is used. Now find out the wattage rate that is charged by your power company and multiply it by the 100 watts per hour rate. The result is the amount of money you’re paying to keep your regular pool lights on every hour.
Therefore, before you select a pool light, you need to know the wattage of its bulb first. If you choose a bulb with less wattage, then expect the light to be less bright. But at least you’ll save some money.
Well, things changed when LED pool lights came on the scene. LEDs have much smaller bulbs and no filament. They’re basically light-casting semiconductors with a microchip. The electrical current travels into the microchip to cause the LED to illuminate. The LEDs are cooled with the heat sinks that are built into them. These heat sinks also extend the lifespan of the light and increase their brightness.
Due to these innovations in energy efficiency, wattage is no longer a huge factor in determining the amount of light that is provided by a bulb.
1) The Lights are Brighter
Lumens are the measurement of visible light in which a light bulb produces. Bulb manufacturers like to focus on the effect that lumens have on the level of brightness that people see.
However, most laypeople just think of lumens from an LED bulb the same way they think of them from an incandescent bulb.
For instance, an incandescent light bulb with 100 watts produces anywhere from 1,400 to 1,750 lumens. A bulb with only 40 watts throws about 450 lumens. But if you use an LED pool light which produces 1,400 to 1,750 lumens, it may only use between 14 to 20 watts. You may even find LED lights which throw up to 5,400 lumens too.
2) Minimal Heat and Energy
Since LED pool lights use less wattage, they don’t need as much electricity as incandescent bulbs. If traditional bulbs were made to be as bright as LED bulbs, they would likely be a safety hazard because of the amount of heat they would generate. LED lights have heat sinks built into them to reduce the heat. Besides, an LED pool light with 30 watts generates the same amount of brightness as an incandescent light bulb with 200 watts. Meanwhile, there is less energy used and less heat generated. As a result, LED lights have a longer lifespan and require less gasket maintenance.
Incandescent lights produce the same boring white and yellow colors which don’t really put swimmers in a relaxing mood. On the other hand, LED pool lights have all sorts of color options available. You can also find some LED lights which connect to apps. Then you can use the app to change the color scheme of the lights. Snap-on filters can also be used too.
Multiple colors for your pool serve a variety of benefits, including:
• Choose red, white, and blue colored lights for a July 4th celebration poolside.
• Choose red and green colored lights for a Christmas celebration.
• White lights which are extra bright may also be suitable for Labor Day.
Of course, you don’t need to wait for special occasions before you add colors to your pool. It may be nice just to swim in a purple or green pool to change things up and add more excitement to your swimming experience.
Anytime you purchase a new accessory to upgrade your pool with; you’ll want that accessory to last a long time. It doesn’t matter if you’re purchasing a pool filter or LED light. Fortunately, LED pool lights are brighter, longer lasting, and more energy efficient than incandescent lights.
For instance, the useful life of a typical incandescent light is 12 months. An LED pool light that throws off the same amount of light can last for up to 20 years. It also uses less energy too.
5) Save Money on Usage
The expense of owning a pool does not stop with the initial purchase price. According to statistics, the average American pool owner spends about $190 every month on maintaining their pools. So, if you can save a little money on this, then why not do it?
LED pool lights have far less wattage which means you’ll be paying pennies per day to turn them on. Compare this to the $1 per day you’d likely pay with an incandescent bulb. Sure, the initial purchase price of an LED pool light will be more but think about the long-term energy and financial savings they’ll give you.
Rebates may be available to you too if you own LED pool lights. There are certain state and local governments which reward their citizens with cash rebates if they switch to more energy-efficient lights. You need to contact your local utility company to find out more.
LED pool lights are safer for everyone around the pool and in the pool. Due to the higher frequency of the LED lights, it is easier for people to see because the lights appear brighter to them. This is actually why LED lights are not installed in streetlights because the brightness can be a distraction to drivers. But you won’t be using too many LED lights in your pool, so the brightness will be just enough to allow you to see everything clearly.
External LED lights should be installed on the landscaping near the pool too. This makes it easier for people to walk back into the house from the pool area because they can see where they’re going.
7) Test the Lights First
Don’t replace your current incandescent lights with LED lights until you see how they work first. Use some battery-operated LED lights which float on water. Put as many lights on your pool water as you want. Make all sorts of colors shine on your pool.
LED lights are a small investment as far as swimming accessories go. They’re energy efficient, durable, versatile, and safe. Your investment will pay off fast.
There is no better choice to make than an LED pool light to brighten up your pool.