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Accessorize with Energy-Efficient LED Swimming Pool and Spa Lighting

Posted on: October 13th, 2011 by Dave No Comments

When having a swimming pool and spa built or remodeling an existing one, you might want to consider using energy-efficient equipment, but did you know that you can also create some fabulous lighting effects with LED lights while remaining energy-efficient with this accessory as well?

 All about LED Lights

LED lights are intended to light up the swimming pool or spa with a variety of color effects to help you see while swimming and playing in the pool during evening hours as well as to just create a special environment and ambiance for the backyard.  Many switch colors to add further effect to your pool and spa, setting all types of moods from party vibes to more relaxing, resort-style moments.

Here’s how they work:

  • The light bulb is submersed in the water and is held in place by a housing installed in the pool shell.  The light bulb is sealed so that no water or electricity can get in or out.
  • The cord to the LED lighting unit travels from the bulb to a switch or remote control device where the light is then controlled.


LED pool lights can also be installed on the borders and bottom part of in-ground swimming pools. If you have other water features, such as waterfalls or fountains, LED lights can add a dramatic lighting effect.  There are also a variety of floating LED pool lights, which are reasonably priced and don’t require any installation. Some are ornamental like orbs in different colors while others are shaped like water lilies for a great effect.


Just How Many People Does it Take to Change a Light Bulb?

If you are talking about a light bulb for a LED unit, it just takes one. You don’t have to lower the water level in your pool because the bulb is inside of a sealed housing unit. You bring it up to the surface by unscrewing some screws that hold the unit in the pool wall and bring it to the surface. Then you unscrew it and switch out the light bulb, lower it back in and screw it back into place. This should take about 20 minutes.

Light on Costs

The initial cost for LED lighting is anywhere between $400 and $1,000, depending on how much lighting you add. The bulb is typically the only thing that will need to be replaced and should last between seven and fifteen years. A new bulb can set you back about $300.

Bright on Ambiance

One regular LED pool light will add plenty of light to your average size pool or spa. The most you may need would be a light at either end if the pool is 15 x 34 or larger.

Brilliant on Safety

Today’s submerged LED pool lights are safe because they are secure, sealed, and low voltage.

Today’s Environmental Answer

There are a number of “green” reasons to select LED lighting for your swimming pool and spa:

  • LED lights consume a fraction of the power compared to other pool light with up to 90% in energy savings. For example, a 50-Watt LED light output is similar to a 250-Watt incandescent light bulb
  • They last a lot longer than incandescent lighting with up to 100,000 hours, on average.
  • They are more resistant to thermal and vibration shocks.
  • They turn on instantly.
  • The LED fixtures are eco-friendly and do not contain any materials that are known to harm the environment.

Make the Switch!

Find out how we can help you make the switch to LED lighting for your swimming pool, spa, and/or water features.


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