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    Hayward LED Accent Lights review

    According to my PB, my pool is one of the first in the nation to install the new (released late spring 2014) Hayward LED Accent lights. These lights are a bit like miniature (1" diameter) versions of the standard Hayward Colorlogic lights. They essentially look like lightsaber handles for all you Star Wars geeks out there... The PB had niches (basically just open cylinders in the pool structure) incorporated into the design in my rock feature/waterfall (approx. 35 or 40 ft) and in a few strategic locations in the retaining wall around my pool deck. The lights have clusters of individual bulbs much like the standard Hayward LED lights, just crammed into a smaller package. They are apparently available in 2 brightness levels. The lights coordinate with all other Hayward Colorlogic lights and can also be "networked" for custom colors, although as of this review I'm still waiting for the network modules to be available/installed. Enough intro stuff, onto my impressions:

    1. These things are incredibly bright, especially above water. It is really cool how they light the deck and rock features, but don't stare right at them or you won't see anything else for a little while. The ones in the retaining wall over the deck notably could use some type of "hood" to direct the light away from my eyes. As nothing like this is made by Hayward, I will probably just have to get creative.

    2. The lights COMPLETELY transform your night time poolside landscape vs traditional low voltage lights or in-pool only lights. It seriously looks like some kind of bumpin night club up in here with the waterfalls, rocks, slide, and deck all lit up with the same color show.

    3. Quality seems pretty decent. Of 12 or 13 lights, 1 was defective pretty much immediately upon installation with several colors not working. After some "percussion therapy", it has somehow started working. No problems with any of the others (about 1 month old now).

    4. Not sure of the logistics of this and price comparisons, but I think it would almost be better to have about 8 of these spread around inside a pool instead of the typical 2-3 full size pool lights. Eliminate dark spots...

    5. These seem destined to completely replace the older fiber optic light technology that people previously used to light waterfalls and things. My build was originally set up for fiber optic and luckily these lights came on the market in the nick of time and PB saw them at a trade show.

    I will continue to report if I experience any negative issues with the lights.
    Questions welcome!
    30X40' free-form gunite/plaster pool, 4-8' deep with flagstone beach entry, gunite "rock" retaining wall with multiple small waterfalls/planters, grotto/slide/waterfall combo, 18" raised spa with waterfall into pool

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    Re: Hayward LED Accent Lights review

    Any pics?
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    Re: Hayward LED Accent Lights review

    Entire light:



    On face (installed in retaining wall around deck):



    Installed in rock feature:



    Lighting steps to slide:



    Lights!!:









    They look nice with the waterfalls going over them. I should have turned them on for a couple of pics but forgot.
    30X40' free-form gunite/plaster pool, 4-8' deep with flagstone beach entry, gunite "rock" retaining wall with multiple small waterfalls/planters, grotto/slide/waterfall combo, 18" raised spa with waterfall into pool

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    Re: Hayward LED Accent Lights review

    Those look great!! Wow
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    Re: Hayward LED Accent Lights review

    Look amazing - great job !
    ~23,500 Gallon In-Ground Plaster Pool, Intelliflo VS+ Pump, Hayward 4820 DE Filter, IntelliChlor IC40 SWG

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    Re: Hayward LED Accent Lights review

    They look great. Looks like these are the Colorlogic 160 or 320. I can't find them for sale anywhere yet. They would be nice for some deck lighting in my in-progress build. Do you have any idea how much they cost?
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    Re: Hayward LED Accent Lights review

    Not sure exactly on price b/c we were initially quoted different lights for our build and then changed over "for the same price" when these became available. As an update, the Hayward people came out and removed the lights pictured above and replaced them with the network versions (essentially identical in appearance). The network version is stunning. I can now have all light zones (deck lights, pool, spa, waterfalls) coordinate with static colors or shows, or I can assign each zone a different color/program. This can all be done from the aqualogic remote control. It allows you to control the speed of the shows, use "motion" for a chase effect, and even control the brightness. I dial the brightness down on the deck lights because they tend to be blinding otherwise. These lights totally transform the pool area at night and I've never seen another build with anything like it. Highly recommend!
    30X40' free-form gunite/plaster pool, 4-8' deep with flagstone beach entry, gunite "rock" retaining wall with multiple small waterfalls/planters, grotto/slide/waterfall combo, 18" raised spa with waterfall into pool

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    Re: Hayward LED Accent Lights review

    Oh wow those look fantastic. Do you have a photo with the waterfall and the lights on? Trying to decide on the whether to get the networked new Universal Colorlogic lights for the pool and spa and maybe these for our small water fall. Did you get the network light module? Do you know if you can easily replace these bulbs or if you need to replace the whole thing?
    My pool thread. IG 31' x 20', 3.5'/4.5'/6', 8' spa, 4T moss rock WF/WW w/jumping rock, 7' x 11' sunshelf 3 bubblers, travertine coping, spray deck, Hayward equip: SwimClear 525 Cartridge Filter, H400 natural gas heater, Tristar Dual Speed EE pump 2HP, Tristar EE pump 1.5HP for water features, blower 2HP, Prologic P/S 8 w/aqua pod remote, Aqua Rite T-15 Salt System, Tigershark QC robot, networked Colorlogic LEDs 2 pool 1 spa.

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    Re: Hayward LED Accent Lights review

    Those are awesome.
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