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    Pool light reviews

    We're ab out to have a new pool light installed. We want to go with a LED light.....does anybody have any recommendations ono brands?? Specifically speaking, the Hayward ColorLogic vs the Pentair Intellichoice.

    Please let me know of any advice you may have.
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    ~~30Kgal--IG gunite--attached spa--Pentair Cartridge filter--1.5hp Challenger pump~~

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    Re: Pool light reviews

    Now that is one tough question! Before I tackle that, depending on what niche you already have in the pool, you can just replace the incandescent bulb with an LED color-changing bulb, details HERE.

    Now, to your question. The Intellibrite has a somewhat unique lens that is supposed to spread the light for a "brighter look". Nonetheless, the Colorlogic is a good product, too. Neither will give you the brightness of a 500w incandescent, though.
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    I did a search on Ebay for those LED color changing bulbs and they were about $500. Must be magic bulbs. I'll stick with my white floodlight.
    25,000 gallon freeform inground gunite pool with 12" raised spa. 3.5'- 6.4' deep.
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    Re: Pool light reviews

    Currently have the Polaris Dlight, while I like the effects I'd like a better brightness. Thinking of going to the traditional flood w/ color lens.
    18k free form IG w/spa (4 jets), Paramount in floor cleaning system, Starite system 3 filter, Jandy 2hp ePump, Sta-Rite SR400LP Maxi-therm propane heater, Jandy aquapure/apurem 1400 SWCG, Jandy automation PS4 w/PDA, IntelliBrite 120v 5-G LED pool & spa lights, 2" piping and (3)4x12 (5)4x10 Fafco Sunsaver Solar Panels.

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    Re: Pool light reviews

    Does anyone have a comparative list of power consumption for the various LED pool lights?

    My system will have 6 total lights: 3 large in pool, 2 spa-size in wet deck, and 1 more small one in the spa.

    I am completely off-grid, using solar electric power for everything, so energy efficiency is paramount. Even though the difference bewteen a 50 watt and a 70 watt bulb may seem negligible to anyone connected to the utility, it really adds up for me.

    If anyone has wattage specs for the various LED lights, that would be a big help.

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    Re: Pool light reviews

    Quote Originally Posted by gregg123
    I did a search on Ebay for those LED color changing bulbs and they were about $500. Must be magic bulbs. I'll stick with my white floodlight.
    Well, this is one time you e-bayers are getting screwed, then. My dealers sell them for under $400! BTW, yes, they are magic!
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    Re: Pool light reviews

    I just bought a new 120v Jandy Color Light w/ 100ft cable on ebay for $250 plus shipping. There are several more and a couple used ones for less than then.
    22k gal free form gunite w/spa, Aqualink RS-8, Jandy Aquapure SWG, 2 Jandy ColorLite, Polaris 280, Raypak 400k Low NoX Heater.

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    Re: Pool light reviews

    I am interested in an update from users. I am considering LED lights for an inground pool (dark gunnite finish). any reason to prefer Pentair Intellibrite to Hayward ColorLogic vs. go with a SAM light?

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    Re: Pool light reviews

    Whatever light you get, just make sure it fits the exsiting niche. I dont think a Pentair light will fit a Hayward niche. Some of the pool guys here could tell you.
    14,000 gallon IG, Vinyl. Hayward 3/4 hp superpump, Penatair IC40 SWCG, Pentair automation, Hayward sand filter, Aqua Comfort heat pump, Hayward 400k Lo-Nox LP heater.

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    I have not much experience with lights, however we were very disappointed with the original light which was a white basic light. After much research we decided to replace it with an intellibrite and what a difference it makes. We turn it on every night to watch the various light shows and love it. Search for them on ebay, I got mine for $175.00 new with the warranty, we just could not pass on this

    Look at this post: please-send-me-pics-of-intellibrite-lights-t17709.html

    Hope this helps
    5,775 gal, IG free form, Beach Series Antigua by Marbletite Pebble finish, 2 swim out benches, Sheer Descent, IG Fountain, Dolphin / Mermaid Statues, StaRite Dura- Glas 1.5hp pump, Hayward Pro Series Sand Filter replaced with Hayward Pro-grid DE4820, Aqua Rite SWG with T-Cell 15, Polaris 360, Pentair 300w Light upgraded to Pentair IntelliBrite (OMG what a huge difference) , Heat Siphon Heat Pump DX 5.0 109,000 btu, Pool Cage, 1800sq ft Tremron Estate Pavers, solar cover, TF-100 test kit, Pentair Deck Jet, Apollo Magnetic Stirrer (Makes testing a breeze), Aquatherm Ecosun Solar Panels 192 sq ft with GL-235 Controller,Margarita Concoction Machine,
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    Re: Pool light reviews

    Yeah i installed the intellibrite also, it's bad. Wouldn't have gone any other way

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    Re: Pool light reviews

    I'm in build process, but are installing a Jandy Watercolors LED light.
    Also curious how well the LED lights show up with dark plaster, although haven't committed to a color yet

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    Re: Pool light reviews

    We also installed two pentair intellibrites instead of the one 500 watt incadescent and it was money well spent. one of the best features of our pool!

    My PB did mention that if we upgraded to the LED's that we would have to install two instead of having just one.
    17,800 gallons, Pentair Clean and Clear 420 Cartridge Filter, Inground, Blue Granite Pebblesheen Interior, Pentair Intelliflo VS-3050 Pool and Spa pump, Pentair Whisperflo 2HP Water Feature pump, Pentair .75 HP Booster Pump for Pentair Legend pool cleaner, Pentair EasyTouch 8-function remote, Pentair IntelliChlor SWG.

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    Jandy Watercolors LED~ Don't BUY ONE!!!

    I love the LED idea of these lights and my Jandy Watercolors really lights up my 18x36 inground vinyl lined pool. BUT the RED, yes, I said RED color is Halloween-like creepy...the light has beautiful pinks, purple, blues and green colors and the pool looks gorgeous.. BUT when the red color comes on it is not a smooth transition as the other pretty colors are and it kinda goes dark in the pool and then the light glows an evil, awful red color all around the light and then it moves on to the next pretty color. The color listing on the box calls the color magenta or something but make no mistake~ It's BLOOD RED!!!

    I would not recommend this light for that reason. I called JANDY and was told that's just how the RED LEDs show up and that's appropriate...NO WAY...It's scary and my 16, 13, and 9 yr old kids scream for me not to turn on the red or cycle thru the light shows (5 out of 7 light shows contain the "red"...eeew!) They wanna just leave it on a solid color like blue or green. I just knew our light was defective but was really frustrated to think that last yr they knew about this and still continue to sell them. We won't ever use the RED, white and blue light show for 4th of July!

    The SCARY RED light would be perfect for Halloween, but in Missouri we have to shut down the pool way before then!
    22K gal IG Vinyl 18'x36' rectangle (Hydra Pool Kit, Homebuilt DIY Spring09) 8' deep end
    Aqua Genie (No Main Drain, No Separate Returns), Hayward 1.5hp Pump, 24" sand filter & 2" Pipes, Jandy WaterColors LED Light, Flyte DeckII/FibreDive Board

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    Re: Pool light reviews

    @Really Tired Teacher -Wondering what color your liner is? We are picking plaster in the next few days and want to go with a cobalt blue type color but fear the lights won't show up. You are the only person I have seen that actually has the Jandy light.

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    Re: Pool light reviews

    Our liner is a medium ocean blue color except trim has burnt orange and grays with the blue. The light output is great and lights from it's location, centered under the diving board, all the way to the shallow steps at the other end (they're white and they glow in the light). The deep end is a little more illuminated than the shallow, but it's all really great color. I wasn't sure if I should order 1 or 2 lights when we did the install, but we went with one since the pool is rectangular with no curves or bends. I'm so glad we didn't waste money on a second, it isn't needed at all. BUT the magenta (RED) light it can produce is HORRID! Keep that in mind, we bought it this time last yr for $425 online...great price for LED but you really can't use it as a light show without scaring people!

    If you think your pool will be too dark, 2 lights might be necessary.

    I will look up my information papers that were included with the light and see what the manufacturer says about best types of pool to use the light in. I'll post tomorrow if I find out more.
    22K gal IG Vinyl 18'x36' rectangle (Hydra Pool Kit, Homebuilt DIY Spring09) 8' deep end
    Aqua Genie (No Main Drain, No Separate Returns), Hayward 1.5hp Pump, 24" sand filter & 2" Pipes, Jandy WaterColors LED Light, Flyte DeckII/FibreDive Board

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    Re: Pool light reviews

    @Really Tired Teacher - I finally spoke to someone else that has the Jandy light and they actually love the red. They think it's "romantic". They didn't like the yellow though, they thought it looked like a pool full of urine lol. Funny how people interpret colors. I sent you a PM just to get some clarification on your pool color because I didn't want to over take this thread. Thanks for the help!

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    Just installed a new liner (Ocean Wave by Tara Liners) which is classified as a deep blue liner. Also installed two Pentair Intellibrite 5g lights connected to the controller. Attached is a pic showing the lights. Note full coverage of pool and even illuminates the slide a backboard. Pic taken with iPhone, no flash.

    The reds do not provide near as much light spread as the blue and greens. Have others experienced the same? May be due to the deep blue liner.

    Our favorite programs are California Sunset and Caribbean.

    Won't let me upload photo--file size too big.

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