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Thread: Lighting: LED vs Fiber Optic

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    Lighting: LED vs Fiber Optic

    I am considering adding MagicStream water features by Pentair (LINK) to my new pool build. For those that are unaware, these are deck jets that are lit up via LED and fiber optics. In looking over these water features, I notice a significant difference in price between the LED and fiber optic models (almost a $400 difference).

    Why would LED be so much more expensive than the fiber optic? Is there a difference in installation, longevity or energy efficiency that I should be aware of?

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    Viking "St Thomas" in-ground 13,700 gallon fiberglass pool (14' x 32' x 7') / Pentair VS-3050 pump / Pentair Clean & Clear 420 sq ft Cartridge filter / Pentair EasyTouch 8 automated system / Pentair Intellichlor IC-40 SWCG / Pentair Kreepy Krauly SandShark suction side cleaner / Pentair Intellibrite LED pool light / Jandy deck jets (x5)

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    Re: Lighting: LED vs Fiber Optic

    In my experience, LED lights are significantly brighter. I have fiber optic lighting in my diving board to "colour" the waterfall and it is barely noticeable, so I never turn it on.

    Both are very efficient, energy-wise.

    If your budget allows it, go for the LED.
    45,180 gallon 26' x 53' IG Vinyl, irregular shape. Hayward sand filter / pump. Polaris AutoClear SWG, supplemented with a Hayward Automatic Chlorinator (In-Line). Hayward 400K BTU heater. Paramount "turnover" system. Polaris 480 PRO cleaner.

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    Re: Lighting: LED vs Fiber Optic

    Our pool came with the house, and with a Fiberstars fiber optic light system. In two words: It sucks.

    LED's are expensive simply because they're still bleeding edge technology, but how long they will really last remains to be seen. I don't believe that anyone has finished testing the "Lasts for 30 years" claims of uber-bright LED's, so there's some risk of failure after the warranty expires.
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    Re: Lighting: LED vs Fiber Optic

    Just sold all of my fiber optic stuff on eBay. Glad it's gone!

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    Re: Lighting: LED vs Fiber Optic

    Wow! That's pretty overwhelming evidence! Does anybody not regret their fiber optic purchase over the LED?
    Nearly done self installing:
    Viking "St Thomas" in-ground 13,700 gallon fiberglass pool (14' x 32' x 7') / Pentair VS-3050 pump / Pentair Clean & Clear 420 sq ft Cartridge filter / Pentair EasyTouch 8 automated system / Pentair Intellichlor IC-40 SWCG / Pentair Kreepy Krauly SandShark suction side cleaner / Pentair Intellibrite LED pool light / Jandy deck jets (x5)

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    Re: Lighting: LED vs Fiber Optic

    i love my fiber opitc lights... i have two of them both on one side... lights it up nice
    my pool is 18X36 with a deep end of 8 feet
    live in eastern washington state
    18x36, Vinyl inground 24k
    Hayward 1 hp filter pump
    1 skimmer/2 returns
    24" sand filter, polaris 280 with booster pump.

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    Re: Lighting: LED vs Fiber Optic

    My brother's pool has fiberoptic lighting. Mine has LEDs.

    Frequently when I'm at his place, I'll wonder "why isn't the pool lit?" Then I'll notice, it is lit... I can never tell by looking at the water, though.
    18k gal inground, everbrite finish, 505 sq ft; 1.5 hp two speed whisperflow; rheem 5100ti 100k btu heat pump; 3 sheer descent falls; DE filter; swg (cell out and using trichlor for now)

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    Re: Lighting: LED vs Fiber Optic

    wow thats wierd because my fiber optic, lights the pool up nice,,, but on the other hand I have never seen Lcd lights in a pool... I am sure fiber is on its way out!!!
    but I am happy
    live in eastern washington state
    18x36, Vinyl inground 24k
    Hayward 1 hp filter pump
    1 skimmer/2 returns
    24" sand filter, polaris 280 with booster pump.

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    Re: Lighting: LED vs Fiber Optic

    Quote Originally Posted by QCJLo
    Wow! That's pretty overwhelming evidence! Does anybody not regret their fiber optic purchase over the LED?
    I hated mine and I didn't even pay for it; they gave it to me! I'd really be upset if I'd have had to pay for it!

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