I need to choose underwater pool lights and have these questions:
1. I have read all the threads I could find on each light and there seem to be a lot of concern about the Hayward design of the ColorLogic pool lights leaking and causing premature failure. The last extensive post on this was a year ago and I wonder if anyone knows if this design problem has been corrected? And is the Intellibrite 5G considered significantly better? Any other better option?
2. My PB put 3 lights in the contract. I am concerned that won't be enough. I was thinking of putting four lights in the pool - first in the middle of the 25 feet shallow, second in the middle of the 25 feet deep (both of these on the same side, facing them away from the side where we will normally be sitting), third under the diving board, and the fourth in the middle of the wall where it drops from the 18 inch deep sunshelf to 3 feet deep shallow.
a. Do I need 3 on that 50 foot stretch (so 5 total of the normal size lights)?
b. Will the ones on the side light the pool across the 25 foot width?
c. What should I put in the middle of the sunshelf (which is the first 10 feet of the pool) as the Hayward specs say the top of the lens of the ColorLogic lights - even the Spa lights - (haven't checked Intellibrite) has to be not less than 18 inches below the waterline and pool depth is only 18 inches total. Anyone know of another light? I don't want that area to be dark at night.
3. Has anyone found a good LED rope lighting that fits under the coping for a soft light when the big lights are off?
4. PB specified 120 volt lights. I read the thread about 120 volt v 12 volt, though it is now marked as "old". Should I ask my PB to use 12 volt instead as the 12 volt is safer? How much increase in price should I expect?
Thanks everyone. Making all these decisions is the most stressful thing I have done in years - and the TroubleFree community is making it tolerable.