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    Help with pool light choice

    Hello,

    I would love some advice on pool lights. Right now we have the Pentair SAM 2 of them 120 volt for the pool and 2 other colored pentair lights for the spa and grotto. They are all in a box and not yet installed.

    Our pool is free form and 870 sq ft.

    Should we switch to the LED Intellibrite?

    Our relatives just installed a pool and love their LED and suggested that we switch now before they are installed.

    What do you think? The SAM or the LED?
    Carlsbad, CA, 45x23.5, 27,000 gallon free form pool being installed now, 870 sq ft,18" raised spa w wide vanishing edge, grotto, sun shelf, 6 ft deep end, 3.5 shallow, pentair variable speed pump, 2 pentair whisperflow pumps, pentair minmax 400 BTU heater, easy touch pentair control panel, 4 LED Intellibrite lights, 2 in the pool 1 in grotto and 1 in the spa

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    Re: Help with pool light choice

    IMO, I think that the LED Intellibrites are by far a better choice than the SAM or SAL.

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    Re: Help with pool light choice

    The SAM lights were great when they first came out. However, LED is the best way to go right now.

    Not only are LED lights easier to use but they also last much longer than traditional 500w bulbs and are much more efficient.
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    Re: Help with pool light choice

    Thank you so much for your input!

    Now I am going to work on our PB with returning the SAM and switching to LED.
    Carlsbad, CA, 45x23.5, 27,000 gallon free form pool being installed now, 870 sq ft,18" raised spa w wide vanishing edge, grotto, sun shelf, 6 ft deep end, 3.5 shallow, pentair variable speed pump, 2 pentair whisperflow pumps, pentair minmax 400 BTU heater, easy touch pentair control panel, 4 LED Intellibrite lights, 2 in the pool 1 in grotto and 1 in the spa

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    Re: Help with pool light choice

    I am not sure of the replacement cost of SAM's bulbs, but if my LED's where 2 month
    older and not under warranty I was looking at $600.00 plus taxes to replace just
    2 bulbs. Something to think about.
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    Re: Help with pool light choice

    Quote Originally Posted by haybird
    I am not sure of the replacement cost of SAM's bulbs, but if my LED's where 2 month
    older and not under warranty I was looking at $600.00 plus taxes to replace just
    2 bulbs. Something to think about.
    That is a good point. I'm not sure what Pentair and Hayward offer as warranties on the LED bulbs in their fixtures. However, most of the aftermarket LED bulbs typically offer a warranty for several years. Color Splash bulbs from J&J Electronics carry a 3 year warranty.

    The bulb for a Sam light should be under $20.00.
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