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Thread: Is the remote control for lights and waterfall worth it?

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    Is the remote control for lights and waterfall worth it?

    I am putting in a new pool and from input from the post I have read and talking with people, I am starting to feel good about the design and features.

    One question I had was regarding a remote control that controls LED lights and waterfall. We are currently listed to get the JANDY RS CONTROL UNIT + POWER PAC to operate the ZODIAC WATERCOLORS LED LIGHT and a pump for the water fall. In previous quotes from other builders we were not planning on getting the remote and they were putting in a system like the PURELINK POWER CENTER.

    So I was wondering if it is worth the extra $600 to $700 to add in a remote? It doesn't seem like a big deal to just flip a switch. I understand that you have to flip it a certain number of times to get the color you want, but is this really a big deal?

    Thanks for your input.

    15x33 play pool
    Salt Water
    LED lights
    Small water fall
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    Re: Is the remote control for lights and waterfall worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by grantsarahwilliams
    I am putting in a new pool and from input from the post I have read and talking with people, I am starting to feel good about the design and features.

    One question I had was regarding a remote control that controls LED lights and waterfall. We are currently listed to get the JANDY RS CONTROL UNIT + POWER PAC to operate the ZODIAC WATERCOLORS LED LIGHT and a pump for the water fall. In previous quotes from other builders we were not planning on getting the remote and they were putting in a system like the PURELINK POWER CENTER.

    So I was wondering if it is worth the extra $600 to $700 to add in a remote? It doesn't seem like a big deal to just flip a switch. I understand that you have to flip it a certain number of times to get the color you want, but is this really a big deal?

    Thanks for your input.

    15x33 play pool
    Salt Water
    LED lights
    Small water fall
    For the lights and waterfall only? Personally, I would say no (my wife would say yes). But it's nice to have to setup and adjust your programmed run times for pumps, salt water chlorine generator, etc. For our setup we have a spa attached to the pool and it is very handy to set the system to spa mode, turn the heater on & off plus adjust the temperature and turn the air jets on/off. Would be a pain to deal with having to go back and forth to the control box to do all that, especially when using the spa in winter time.
    20K gal, inground with attached spa, pebblefina plaster (bella blue), flagstone coping, moss rock waterfall, Sundek - Indian wheat, (2) Jandy PHPM2.0 (filter pump and waterfall), Jandy DEV60 DE filter, Polaris 280 pool cleaner, Polaris Halcyon PB4-60Q booster pump, Polaris 1.5 HP Air Blower, (2) Jandy WaterColors LED lights, Jandy LXI400P Heater, Jandy AquaPure PLC1400 SWG, Jandy AquaLink RS PureLink Controller and PDA.

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    Re: Is the remote control for lights and waterfall worth it?

    Ask your builder about the "PDA" (Personal Digital Assistant) version of the Jandy controls. It's not that expensive, and it's very handy. Pre-programming various features, lights, water features, run times etc. are really nice to have.
    In the industry, CSP (Certified Service Professional) by the NSPI and it's successor the APSP. My company services over 600 pools every year. I think the practices regularly espoused on this forum (especially the BBB method) are outstanding; however my comments will be often oriented towards the goal of getting it done, and getting it done right now!

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    Re: Is the remote control for lights and waterfall worth it?

    Do you know if pda also operates on switches in case the controller goes out.

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    Re: Is the remote control for lights and waterfall worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by grantsarahwilliams
    Do you know if pda also operates on switches in case the controller goes out.
    If the hand held controller goes out, the unit can be placed in "service" mode, allowing features to be manually operated from the equipment pad.

    Not as handy, but works in a pinch.
    In the industry, CSP (Certified Service Professional) by the NSPI and it's successor the APSP. My company services over 600 pools every year. I think the practices regularly espoused on this forum (especially the BBB method) are outstanding; however my comments will be often oriented towards the goal of getting it done, and getting it done right now!

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    Re: Is the remote control for lights and waterfall worth it?

    Quote Originally Posted by Qwaxalot
    Quote Originally Posted by grantsarahwilliams
    Do you know if pda also operates on switches in case the controller goes out.
    If the hand held controller goes out, the unit can be placed in "service" mode, allowing features to be manually operated from the equipment pad.

    Not as handy, but works in a pinch.
    Right. The wall mounted control unit will have a pushbutton to change from Automatic to Service mode and then have individual buttons for each controlled feature - pumps, heater, lights, etc. I find this to be more useful than the PDA when I am backwashing my DE filter since the control unit is mounted right next to the equipment pad.

    If the PDA fails, its battery goes dead or you otherwise lose communication between the PDA and controller box you need the pushbuttons on the controller box for manual operation of the system. Even if the PDA has failed, you can leave the controller in Automatic to run the programs you have setup (filter run time. SWG output, etc.) and only switch to Service mode as needed. The PDA cannot control anything on its own, it has to have communication with the controller box since that's what controls the relays that turn on the various electrical loads.

    NOTE: With a SWG, if you switch to Service mode you will have to manually adjust the SWG output through the controller box using the provided buttons and display.
    20K gal, inground with attached spa, pebblefina plaster (bella blue), flagstone coping, moss rock waterfall, Sundek - Indian wheat, (2) Jandy PHPM2.0 (filter pump and waterfall), Jandy DEV60 DE filter, Polaris 280 pool cleaner, Polaris Halcyon PB4-60Q booster pump, Polaris 1.5 HP Air Blower, (2) Jandy WaterColors LED lights, Jandy LXI400P Heater, Jandy AquaPure PLC1400 SWG, Jandy AquaLink RS PureLink Controller and PDA.

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