5 Reasons You Need LED Pool Lamps

If you’ve been limiting your swim time to daylight hours, you’ve been missing out on half the fun of owning a pool. But no one wants to swim in a pitch dark pool. Who knows what may be lurking in the deep end? Adding a light-emitting diode (LED) pool light or two (or ten) will let you brighten up the night and have twice the fun. And ward off swamp monsters looking for new homes.

Upgrading to LED pool lights will also allow you to gain a few benefits you might not’ve considered, including how much money you’ll save compared to traditional illumination. Plus, it’s easy and fun. Taste the rainbow of options available, and enjoy your swim even after the sun’s done for the day.

LEDs have no filament, and are in effect tiny, light-throwing semiconductors. Electrical current passes through a microchip, which illuminates the LED. They have built-in heat sinks to keep them cool, while also enhancing their brightness and useful life.

1. Brighter Lights

That 100-watt light bulb throws between 1,400 and 1,750 lumens, while a smaller, dimmer 40-watt bulb produces only 450 lumens. An LED pool light that throws the same 1,400–1,750 lumens as our friend the 100-watt incandescent bulb may use only 14–20 watts. Some LED lights can even provide as much as 5,400 lumens .

2. Less Energy and Heat

The lower energy use per bulb and built-in heat sinks produce brighter light than might be safely possible with incandescents. A 30-watt LED pool light can produce the same brightness as a 200-watt incandescent bulb, without the high energy usage or the potentially dangerous heat.

The reduced heat also means the LED will last longer than an incandescent bulb, and reduces the need for frequent gasket maintenance.

3. Color Your World

Who wants to look like their driver’s license photo while they’re taking a dip? The jaundiced glow of an incandescent light might be perfect for a cozy evening curled up with a book, but we’re trying to set a mood, man.

LED pool lights are available in a rainbow of colors. Some lights pair with apps that let you customize your color scheme with a few taps. Others might use snap-on light filters for a quick change.

4. Lower Usage Costs

Thanks to a much lower average wattage, an LED pool light costs only pennies a day to operate, while an incandescent bulb can cost up to $1 a day. Think of each LED pool light as an investment. You’ll likely pay a bit more up front, but you’ll quickly recoup what you spend thanks to the energy savings.

5. Put the Spotlight on Safety

Aesthetics and economy make the LED pool light a pretty tempting upgrade by themselves. Add in greater safety for folks in and out of the pool, and you’ve got a must-buy. LED’s light is perceived by the human eye as brighter and bluer than incandescent light.In your pool, this means you can get adequate illumination with fewer lights.

LEDs are, we think, the clear choice for lighting up your pool, helping you save money, and just having more fun. Step out of the shadows and make the night part of your poolside bliss.


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