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Color Changing Lights

Color Changing Lights

July 24, 2014

With all the new light technologies, color changing pool lights for swimming pools are becoming more and more popular. There are three different categories these fall under.

One is the electronic color changing light that has one white or clear bulb, with a wheel in front of it. An electronic mechanism rotates the wheel, or wheels, to create different lighting effects. The two that are a little more expensive but have a lot more potential are LED and fiber optics color changing pool lights.

With LED lights, you have separate LEDs for each of the color spectrum. There are no added moving parts involved, everything is electronically controlled. You have a remote, or a button switch, and you simply cycle through the different pattern arrangements until you find the one you like. The nice thing about both light systems is that you can also get products that have customized pattern options. For example LED color changing RGB light bulb is capable of emitting 16 colors total. It can also come with wireless remote, uses only 3 watts of energy and it will last a decade with a 51,000 hour lifespan. Some of lights have different modes as smooth, fade, strobe and flash.

Fiber optic is even a step up from this, with the actual light in one location, and the fiber optics just about anywhere you want to set it up. You can have a small set around the edge of your pool, more along the bottom, as well as in different patterns. They can produce a single color, different color patterns or change on a regular basis.

Both of these types of color changing pool lights serve two purposes. One is safety, because with these lights you will not only be able to see around your pool, but when you are swimming as well. They can also produce a number of different effects, from serving as a backdrop for a gathering, or bringing a little romance to an evening dip, and just about anything in between. Some products are even solar powered, with large panels in a separate location, storing electricity in a battery until needed. They can even be programmed to come on when the sun goes down, or go off automatically at a certain time.

While fiber optics and LED color changing pool lights are more expensive than the cheaper style initially, they will pay for themselves in a short period of time. Today people are concerned about saving money; LED and FO don’t generate heat, can give off an intense light, and are 80% or more energy efficient. They also have no moving parts, so they won’t have to be replaced as often.

You can see color changing lights example in video below:
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If you are interested in these lights, there are many different online retailers available. While you may find some styles at your local home improvement or mass marketing retailer, the best prices and selection will be found on the internet. You have to check around, but you can do this from the comfort of your own home, any time of the day or night. Prices are going to start around two to three hundred dollars, with the ones that have the most features as high as $1,000 for a system. It is always cheaper if possible to buy a whole set, rather than just one at a time. Some of the top name brands are IntelliBrite, Pentair, and Hayward to name a few.

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