LED LIGHTS THE ECO SMART CHOICE
LED lights are the ECO SMART choice as they are less expensive than fiber optic lights and more energy efficient than incandescent and halogen lights. They come in a variety of colors and last seven to fifteen years. Below we will share with you the differences between LED and other pool light options.
LED LIGHTS VS. INCANDESCENT LIGHTS
In this day and age everyone is concerned with saving energy and money. While the purchase price of an LED is higher than and incandescent light, because the lifespan of an LED light is considerably longer and the fact they use less energy to operate, the true cost of an LED is actually less over the life of the light.
LED LIGHTS VS HALOGEN
For several years the choice for pool owners who wanted brighter lights or a choice in color, chose halogen lights. Halogen lights give a brighter light than their incandescent counter parts. While the purchase price of a halogen was more than that of an incandescent the life of the light drove their popularity for several years. They offered a more reasonable cost for pool owners who wanted colored lights than fiber optic. However, over the last several years LED technology has steadily improved and they now offer options than the halogen light.
LED Lights are just as bright, but their light is more evenly spread, and they come in more than just the basic colors of halogens. They are also able to automation options not found in halogens. The color selection is vast at around 20 different hues and can be set change colors as they illuminate the pool. In addition to the additional features LED lights also use about 1/5 of the energy consumed by halogen lights.
LED LIGHTS VS FIBER OPTIC
Fiber optic has been the choice for years for those who wanted to enhance their backyard oasis with mood lighting. Fiber optic lights provided more sophisticated color options including the ability to have the colors change as it light up the pool. However, the cost and design limitations of fiber optic lights are at a disadvantage when compared to today’s LED lights.
Fiber Optic lights are located in a “dry box” located on the patio, and can only be placed within 10′-12′ of the pool, unless one is willing to invest approximately $40.00 per foot to purchase a custom length fiber optic cable. Fiber Optic lights also require an electric motor to rotate the color wheel and a fan to keep the system cool as it is sitting on top of the deck. These additional components are not needed for LED lights, therefore the cost of maintenance over time is certainly higher when using fiber optic lights. The bulb replacement costs are similar, however the energy consumed by LED lights is up to 80% more efficient than the fiber optic lights.
CONVERSION TO FIBER OPTICS
Converting to LED is a relatively simple process when converting from an incandescent, halogen or a single fiber optic light. When converting from a multi-light fiber optic lighting scheme, the Power Tower Fiber Optic to LED Retrofit by Fiberstars makes the process fairly effortless. No matter what lighting products you have DiamondBack can assist you in converting to the ECO SMART choice of LED lighting.