How to pick the best pool lights?
Swimming pool lights enhance the look and feel of your pool and also serve as a great safety precaution. As we discussed above, there are many different kinds of lights, such as underwater or floating pool lights, LED or incandescent options, and lights for in-ground or above-ground pools. The different products reviewed here with their descriptions and pros and cons should help you to choose one suited to your taste. Here, we present to you a detailed buying guide to remove any questions that may arise. Let’s get started!
Power and brightness
If you’re shopping for pool lights, you’re bound to come across terms like watts, voltage, and lumens. It is important for you to know what each means and signifies for the bulbs before making a choice.
First, each bulb in the guide comes with its own voltage, and it is essential for the voltage of your light to match with the voltage of the lamp socket. For example, the Britelumen LED Pool Light is not suitable for 12V housing. So be sure to check the voltage specified in the product description.
Second, the wattage shows the use of energy, but be careful as it does not specify how bright a bulb is, especially with the recent technological breakthroughs of the LED technology. If you want to get a brighter pool light, you need to check for one with more lumens.
Some bulbs, however, use batteries, such as the GAME Color-Changing Pool Light – 4″. This means that you don’t have to deal with wires, but you will need to replace or recharge them once in a while.
Suppose you purchase an expensive swimming pool light and excitedly wish to install it in your swimming pool only to realize that it’s bigger than the previous one. Sounds like a nightmare!
The best way to avoid this is to measure the space for it and check the lamp size. For example, the Bonbo LED Pool Bulb White Light can fit most Pentair Hayward light fixtures. You can also go for the original lamp and purchase the Pentair Amerlite Underwater Pool Light.
If you are looking for a lamp for a soft-side pool, it’s hard to look past the Intex 120V Magnetic Pool-Wall Light, which is incredibly simple to install.
Ease of installation
Ease of installation is a crucial factor to consider when purchasing a swimming pool light. However, this depends on the type of swimming pool you have. If your swimming pool has soft-sides, vinyl walls, then you could go for bulbs that have a magnetic attachment, as we have already mentioned. The magnetic attachment is easy to install, adjust, and remove. However, if you have an in-ground pool, the easiest way is to find the floating-lights, such as the LOFTEK 16-inch LED Ball Light, which you can take with you wherever you want.
As for the fixed lights, don’t forget to check for the options that offer a “plug-and-play” installation. While smaller battery-powered lights are much simpler to install, they don’t give as much brightness as fixed ones.
Colors and effects
The best part about the swimming pool lights is how attractive they look. This includes the customizable funkiness that can range from elegance to pure fun-hearted craziness. Our review presents to you all of the lights that offer different colors and effects. Almost all of the lights come with the basic three colors: red, blue, and green. Some of the pool lights offer a much wider variety with colors such as purple, orange, pink, purple, light green, and blue. Some go the extra mile, such as the TOVEENEN Color-Changing LED Pool Light, which also offers customizable lights with light shows. And if you want to be even more creative, you can use paint to refresh the pool’s color.
The pool lights also provide various modes such as strobe, and some of them have customizable brightness. You can find models that come with remotes to allow you to choose different colors, and there are some products with automatic color switching, such as seen with the LOGUIDE Floating Pool Lights.
Most fixed models with various colors allow you to use on/off switch a specified number of times after which the color changes.
Safety is a factor you should definitely look for. Pool lights should come with waterproof protective casings. Apart from that, most lights come with a low-water cut-off, such as the Pentair Amerlite Underwater Pool Light. Many of the pool lights are equipped with wireless temperature detection sensors that automatically detect the temperature of the bulbs, and shut them down if they become too hot. This feature makes them more long-lasting, as there is no fear of overheating and damaging the lamp. For example, the Bonbo LED Pool Bulb White Light also comes with heat and overload protection. However, if you are concerned about safety, the safest option is floating lights as they are not wired and only use small batteries to power them. Though, you should be careful using pool slides if you have them, in any case.
If you’re making an investment in swimming pool lights, you should definitely be aware of how long it would last. The lifespan of these swimming pool lights is generally longer than the bulbs installed at your home. It can range from around 20,000 hours to 60,000 hours. The Britelumen LED Pool Light provides 50,000 hours, and the Bonbo LED Pool Bulb White Light boasts up to 60,000 hours.
As for the lifespan of the rechargeable batteries of floating models, these can work up to 14 hours per charge. The battery-powered LOGUIDE Floating Pool Lights provide up to 100 hours of battery life, after which the batteries will need to be replaced.
It is crucial that you check the lifespan on the lamp if you want to make sure that it lasts long. Therefore, you will not need to spend extra cash on the replacement soon.
Ultimately, the price is a factor that is the most important for your entire purchase, as you can only make the purchase based on your budget. Prices depend on factors such as quality, brightness, colors, and modes.
Our research showed that most of the affordable products range from around $15-$36. The LOGUIDE Floating Pool that costs $18.99 is a great example here. If you prefer a floating light of a larger shape and size, you could go for the LOFTEK 16-inch LED Ball Light, which costs $99.
For fixed lights, the prices range from $59 to $100 based on their color options, lifespan, and color control. If you are looking for something more high-end and luxurious, we recommend the premium Pentair Amerlite Underwater Pool Light, which costs $300.
If you need a lamp for your soft-side pool, it’s hard to look past the Intex 120V Magnetic Pool-Wall Light, which runs about $25 and is a good price for its great features, such as the changeable colors, and simple installation.