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    cheaper solutions for lighting an above ground pool?

    i see many lights that you cut the hole and place a light in the side. but these can be very pricey! has anyone found a cheaper method so i may light up my pool at night?
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    Re: cheaper solutions for lighting an above ground pool?

    Some of the floating pool lights are fairly good and much more affordable.
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    Re: cheaper solutions for lighting an above ground pool?

    these are battery powered ones you are referring to correct?

    i have found these but you need to zip tie them for vinyl pools. they are for the metal frame pools. i would rather not have it "hanging" from zip ties but the floating lights seem a much better idea. any certain brands? searching amazon i have gotten many mixed reviews...
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    Re: cheaper solutions for lighting an above ground pool?

    When we had a 15 ft. round abg we used an aqua illuminator, lit up the area as well as any motel pool, it was around 129.00 I think & came with all the electrical wiring, well worth it. Now we have a 27 ft. round & the light doesn't quite cut it for that size so we are putting in a 2nd light, the 1st one has lasted almost 10 yrs, tho we do have a short season here in the PNW

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    Re: cheaper solutions for lighting an above ground pool?

    Sorry for reviving an old post but My wife (a pintrest addict found this solution) Put a glow stick in a balloon blow up and tie off throw in pool. Only temporary lighting but very inexpensive.
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    Re: cheaper solutions for lighting an above ground pool?

    Thats a good idea! I found some lights that are a return line and light all in one. That and rope light along the deck railings should look great!

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    Re: cheaper solutions for lighting an above ground pool?

    Quote Originally Posted by Articfox918
    Sorry for reviving an old post but My wife (a pintrest addict found this solution) Put a glow stick in a balloon blow up and tie off throw in pool. Only temporary lighting but very inexpensive.
    Awesome idea for a party too!
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    Re: cheaper solutions for lighting an above ground pool?

    Intex has a magnetic light. The outside portion plugs into an outlet (long cord). It and the inside portion are held together thru the pool wall by a very strong magnet. I'm not sure if it would work for a metal sided pool. Just in case you'd want to try it, they are are available at WalMart for $60.ish

    Oh, and it lights up my 26' intex ultra frame just fine.
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    Re: cheaper solutions for lighting an above ground pool?

    I just put this one in my pool since my light/return stopped working this year.

    http://www.overstock.com/Sports-Toys/Ni ... oduct.html

    It installs under the top rail very easily, but you do need to lift the rail to do it.
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    Re: cheaper solutions for lighting an above ground pool?

    here's a link to the intex light:

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Intex-LED-...Light/15522807
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    Re: cheaper solutions for lighting an above ground pool?

    [quote="dattia"]I just put this one in my pool since my light/return stopped working this year.

    http://www.overstock.com/Sports-Toys/Ni ... oduct.html

    It installs under the top rail very easily, but you do need to lift the rail to do


    How do the various colors look? I am leaning towards this one. Does it light up the pool well?
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    Re: cheaper solutions for lighting an above ground pool?

    For me, it was a good solution. I never really liked my light/return all in one because it did not allow me to use any equipment that needed to be hooked into the return (slime bags, fountains, etc.) Since my light decided to die, I looked for an alternative and this seemed to fit my needs. This model can cycle through the different colors or I believe you can pick one as a constant. I have not been night swimming with it yet, but I have turned it on almost nightly when adding bleach as my pool filter area is quite dark I prefer the green or blue setting... the whole pool is illuminated, but there is some fade towards the far side. The red fades much more.
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    Re: cheaper solutions for lighting an above ground pool?

    Quote Originally Posted by Articfox918
    Sorry for reviving an old post but My wife (a pintrest addict found this solution) Put a glow stick in a balloon blow up and tie off throw in pool. Only temporary lighting but very inexpensive.
    We did this in our 18' a few years ago. Actually, my kids did. One thing to watch for is balloon parts in the skimmer. We had some big balloons and the kids popped them which glogged our skimmer. But yes, its a great idea.
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    Re: cheaper solutions for lighting an above ground pool?

    Found a really cheap light set at WalMart last week. 2 lights with magnets, battery operated (2 AA each) for $9.92 (yes $9.92!). I read about these on another post--they suggested putting each lite in a zip-lock bag when placing under water--this works really well). Great deal & works great too!!!
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    Re: cheaper solutions for lighting an above ground pool?

    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Goodtimes-LED ... e/20896253

    Here's a link to the walmart lights -- if you really love your pool store though, I saw them on the counter at ours last week. 1 light and remote was $19.99. I'll take the walmart deal! I put these in our 30' round. I have 4 because they are cheap but used 1 on low the other night for my midnight swim and it was great to illuminate it. If the kids were in at night, I'd use more.

    We used some oring lubricant on the inside when we installed the batteries and I've not had a problem. Out of the box, I noticed moisture inside so the ziploc or lubricant is a good idea. We have aluminum walls, so I have to use the steel plate but it works!
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    Re: cheaper solutions for lighting an above ground pool?

    I will have to try the ziplock idea. We have 4 of those Walmart lights and we love them but I have noticed some moisture in them after we use them. We have been just opening them and letting them dry out every night but that is a pain in the butt!
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    Re: cheaper solutions for lighting an above ground pool?

    Just want to throw out a plug for those $9.92 Wal Mart lights. I have a 30 foot above ground pool with no working lights so I picked up 2 boxes (4 lights) over the weekend. They work really well, two lights is actually plenty, but at $10 why not go with four! I would definitely recommend putting them in a zip loc bag as they did get moisture in them, but what a great value. Thanks!
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    Re: cheaper solutions for lighting an above ground pool?

    http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...0125xMPTOYx026

    We have the Good time lights - and love them! But putting them in a plastic bag is an idea
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    Re: cheaper solutions for lighting an above ground pool?

    rickyjanet. when I bought mine - they came two to a box! with the remote for $10
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