LED Lighting

Also Known As: Underwater Light, Pool Light

LED (light-emitting diode) lighting is an energy-saving alternative to incandescent bulbs. These can be used in a variety of settings, from household lighting to underwater light shows.

LED bulbs use fewer watts than traditional or halogen bulbs, while outputting the same light strength. In fact, an LED fixture can emit the same light as a 500-watt incandescent bulb, using only 70 watts. An LED bulb lasts for much longer — at least 30,000 hours, compared to the 5,000-hour life span of an incandescent bulb. They are also much cooler to the touch. All of this translates to energy savings and lowered costs. LED bulbs and systems can be more expensive. However, the initial investment can be recouped thanks to their long life spans.

In addition, LED lights are much more vibrant and bright, and can fade and change color, creating gorgeous light displays. Systems can be programmed to run through color sequences and LED lights can added to water displays, turning them into arcs or sprays of color. Because LED lights can be very small, they can be installed in tight spaces, allowing for a great deal of customization. With the move away from smooth, white pool surfaces, these bulbs are more effective in brightening up dark surfaces, which tend to absorb light.

Because there are minimum and maximum limits for in-pool lighting, it’s a good idea to verify the lighting code before making the switch to LED lighting.