OK, the situation is simple, and I'll explain it in short bullet point sentences to keep this short.
- The house we just bought has an inground pool (14,000 gal) with just one standard (white) light on the one end. It is not an LED.
- The light had water in it and trips the GFC, so I need to replace it because visible corrosion is evident around the base of the light. I saw that someone had recently reinstalled the gasket wrong when they changed the bulb. Don't get me going about that.
- The original light is a stainless rimmed, standard Hayward SP053SL fixture in a SP0600(U) niche. I acquired that info when I had the fixture out to inspect it.
- I want to replace it with a colored LED light (for light show effects).
- I have read way too many complaints about ALL the brands of LED lights not lasting long. Replacing them requires full replacement at several hundred $$$ a pop.
So, I'm looking for opinions about two different ways I could go and am hoping I get a consensus about two options I've come up with.
First option: Just get a new niche-compatible Hayward or Pentair LED fixture (Hayward Colorlogic or Pentair Intellibrite) and hope for the best for longevity.
Second option: Replace the fixture with the same existing original white light SP053SL, but before installing, change out the standard bulb for a J&J Colorsplash bulb which would allow less expensive and less hassle replacement of the color LED bulb over time if it fails down the road. I'm talking about this one: http://www.poolsupplyworld.com/JJ-El...P1-RGB-120.htm
The initial total cost of doing the Second Option would be close to the First Option, but as I noted, might be less expensive and less troublesome to replace down the road.
I have some reservations about the J&J LED Colorsplash being as bright or good looking as the Hayward or Pentair, but if it measures up, then that would help me make a decision.
I am also not concerned about having a controller because I know that I will play with light schemes by toggling the switch and will settle on a "best looking" scheme and likely just leave it there.
I am totally clueless as to which scenario would be more desirable, so please weigh in and give me a "First Option" or "Second Option"... with reasons if possible.