Swimming pools are a great addition to any home. They offer hours of endless fun for kids and adults alike. They allow us to get some great exercise while enjoying some fun in the sun. Many people enjoy using their pool at night just as much as they love swimming in the daytime. Years ago, people began adding lighting to their pools as a means to identify where the pool was when it was pitch black outside to avoid having anyone fall into the water at night. It was merely a safety mechanism. Those days are long gone. You have the ability to turn your outdoor pool area into your own private oasis, offering many custom lighting options to fit your needs and likes! If you’ve been thinking about updating the lighting in and around your pool, there is no better time than now to start this project! By starting your pool lighting project this time of year, you can ensure you and your guests will be enjoying the ambiance by the time the weather warms up! Simon Electric is here today to elaborate on the different pool lighting options available to you! There are a few lighting options available to you for your pool, but today we are going to discuss the three most popular choices on the market today.
Incandescent Pool Lights
These are the traditional “old school” lights used in most older pools. If your pool was built years ago, chances are you have one of these lingering in the deep end of your pool. These are the cheapest options available, but they are not energy efficient, have a short lifespan of about 1,000 hours and only offer flat, harsh lighting that creates a shadowing effect.
Halogen Pool Light Bulbs
Halogen lights were considered the next generation of pool lighting after the incandescent lighting phase. They are slightly more energy efficient than incandescent lights and have a longer life span of about 5,000 hours. They emit a brighter, cleaner light that lets off an intense glare that works well in darker colored pools. They also emit quite a bit of heat, running at a higher temperature such as this requires yearly replacements of the globe and O-Ring seal which adds more maintenance and cost.
Retrofit LED Pool Lights
LED’s are the latest in lighting technology and offer the longest life span of any bulb. They offer an average of 50,000-70,000 hours per bulb! To put that into perspective, if you were to run your LED pool lights for 3-4 hours per day, they would last more than 3 decades! LED’s offer a rich, vibrant light that travels further through the pool, illuminating a much larger space than any other lighting option. They emit a soft, warm glow that works well with lighter colored pools and enhance their beauty. Unlike other lighting options, LED’s come in a wide variety of colors that can be changed at the flick of a switch, the press of a remote, or can be programmed to change at the desired intervals automatically. Some brands of LED even come with their own smart phone app, giving you the flexibility to change the lighting from anywhere! To top it off, they are also the most energy efficient lights on the market!
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Simon Electric can perform all of your pool lighting needs. It is important to remember that this is not a DIY project. Upgrading pool lighting requires an electrical contractor that is licensed to work in and around water. If you have further questions or would like more information on upgrading your pool lighting or need other electrical work completed, give us a call! We’re here to help!