New color lights: Pentair Intellibrite vs J&J XG vs. Florida Sunseeker?

davidyal

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May 12, 2015
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Dallas, Texas
I need to replace 3 lights in my pool so this is a big investment.

I've seen all 3 discussed in these forums.

Pentair seems most popular, but least reliable. The florida Sunseeker product is generic but seems to work well.

Can someone help me decide?
 

cowboycasey

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If Pentair or Hayward goes out of business you are in the same spot... The way I look at these things:

No warranty, if they say it has one they will find a way to get out of it... For Pentair it is only 90 days, so they are saying they stand behind there product for 90 days... that's it.... sunseeker has a 2 year warranty, they are saying they have confidence there product will last 2 years, not 90 days...

So it comes down to big business and high prices or a small business with a better product... I pick the better product every day of the week, the low cost is a bonus :)

You have to make the choice, how did the last Pentair light treat you? I have and love there pumps and filters but you could not give me one of there lights...
 

davidyal

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May 12, 2015
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Dallas, Texas
Thanks, that's helpful. My previous lights were hayward incandescent and I think they were fine. They are 15 years old and since I'm remodelling I think it's worth going brand new and not try to retrofit such old hardware.

I've ruled out Pentair because of the reliability and poor warranty.

It's now J&J vs Florida Sunseeker. Should I be concerned whether they fit in my Hayward niche?
 

cowboycasey

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Yep, the old style lights just lasted but the new LED are not happy with any kind of water intrusion... The sunseeker fits directly into the Hayward niche so with a brand new niche should last another 15 years :) I am actually going with the 1.5 inch for mine but I don't even have inground pool plans yet... :)