You’ve probably heard some of the recent buzz around LED lighting–whether it’s decorative, for entertainment, or even lighting around the house.
Not to be confused with compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFL), LED lights have become increasingly popular due to the fact that they are energy-efficient, long-lasting, and also allow for a wide range of colors. CFL bulbs, on the other hand, often project a whiter, less-natural type of lighting.
Until recently, LED technology was expensive, and limited to TV screens and electronic devices–but due to its increase in popularity, prices have become more reasonable, though still more expensive than more standard lighting options, covered in an earlier blog post. Now, there are outdoor options for lighting your pool, or entire pool area, with a variety of LED options, no matter what size or type of swimming pool you have in your backyard:
Floating LED Pool Lights
What’s more convenient than a light that floats in your pool? This floating LED light is re-chargeable, has power and temperature cut-offs for safety, and provides a lot of light in a relatively small device. Because it floats, you won’t worry about having to drain your pool in order to change a bulb. A floating LED pool light is typically under $100.
Underwater LED Pool Lights
If you’re looking for a beautiful, and entertaining way to light your pool at night, consider the Pentair Intellibrite 5G system. This permanent, underwater LED system is completely customizable, from choosing the specific colors to project, changing lens angles, programming via an automation system, and even using a pre-selected light show program. And, you’ll still benefit from the increased lifespan and efficiency of LED bulbs. Underwater LED pool lights vary in cost, but with automation and color options, you can expect to pay around $300 or more.
Outdoor LED Lighting
LED technology has also caught up with landscape and general outdoor lighting. No matter what your backyard looks like, there are a wide variety of LED lighting options to choose from, whether you prefer battery, solar, or wired. Deck and stair lights, spotlights, and in-ground lights are all options that can help transform your night-time pool into a well-lit area that’s great for entertaining even after the sun sets. Outdoor LED lights are often sold a unit at a time, which can run anywhere from $10 per light to $75 and up for more specialty, decorative options.
With its color versatility, energy-saving capability, and the fact that you can go years in-between changing a bulb–LED lights can save you time and hassle over the long run–it’s worth doing the research to see if they’re right for your pool, deck, and backyard. Not to mention, a light show at the end of your next pool party could be the icing on the cake of a great weekend for the whole family.