So we have two 500w Intellibrite white lights in our pool, which literally just became operational. We don't have automation, so I had asked electrician about a timer for the lights, and he suggested a photocell, so I said great.
Last night was the first time they came on, and those suckers are bright - really light up the pool!
I think it's great to have them on the photocell, just have them on dusk to dawn, but I just wanted to make sure we're not crazy for doing so. I know the LEDs are rated for a crazy number of hours (my understanding is they say 50k, but 25k is more realistic, of course with the caveat that the rest of the fixture doesn't **** out), but I see people saying 15-20 years, and by my rough calculations, assuming it's on 11-12 hours a day on average (taking into account summer and winter), I only come up with like 6-7 years. Still doesn't sound too shabby, but I know those babies are pricey.
Anyway, if anyone thinks we're completely insane for having them on a photocell, please do tell me. Don't worry, I have thick skin and can take the criticism 😉
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