Information about swimming pool lights. Halogen vs LED which is better?
There’s no comparison LED are more reliable & better pool lights - Make the switch
We install / replace pool lights, transformers & cabling where possible.
We also have an electrician that can help with disconnecting hardwired transformers and make a switch over to a 12v transformer to install new swimming pool lights.
Primarily for safety reasons, pool lights can make visibility better in and out of the water, making it easier to keep an eye out for yourself and your children on hot summer nights.
Entertaining visitors & party hosting is much more fun when your pool is in colour transition mode.
You can set the mood and keep the party going.
Manufacturer: Spa Electrics
Spa Electrics is the most popular pool light ever installed in Melbourne VIC.
The vast majority of swimming pool have a spa electrics light installed, especially pools built in the 90's or earlier, it is rarely seen that a pool has any other brand installed.
When upgrading to LED Pool Lights, there is some information you should consider.
LED pool lights are growing in popularity and are being used in almost every industry from housing to swimming pool and cars. Though Halogen lights are cheaper, the swimming pool range typically have a few problems like failing light globes and leaking water seals that do not apply to the LED range of swimming pool lights.
LED pool lighting technology has advanced more than any other swimming pool technology in the past 10 years!
LED lights are now cheaper to manufacture, give out more light and use less energy than halogen lights. Making LED lights more appealing to anyone wanting to install lights during their pool renovation.
When deciding how many lights your pool needs you should take into consideration the size of the pool, pool shape & type of pool surface.
Other factors to consider:
The colour of your pool can have some effect on how well your pool lights up, but it's not so much the colour itself it is mostly the tone of your pool, most pools have blue pool interiors either light blue or dark blue, sometimes in-between.
To have an understanding of what the effects of an LED pool light might have, it is best described as light vs dark coloured pool surface, which also applies to light blues & dark blues (& everyother colour).
To fit that look your after you should also consider including the overall effect you are trying to achieve for your home, modern and bright for lots of pool party entertaining? Or calm and relaxed with the odd hot night dip in the water?
In our opinion for most swimming pools only one light is needed if the LED light is located & centered to middle of the pool, also when there is enough light to clearly see the pool steps.
We usually recommend that the LED light be facing away from an entertainment area, the light in your swimming pool should not be facing the house windows / living areas, this is because LED lights can be very bright, it’s best to see your pool glow in your chosen colour, rather than be overwhelming and cause a glare when you look at the pool.
See our recommended locations for LED lights inside swimming pools. You will need to take into consideration factors such as the location of the pool steps and other seating areas, as well as the direction of the swimming pool from where the house / entertainment area is located.
For swimming pool renovations a surface mounted light is usually installed on the surface of the pool interior.
When installing new L.E.D lights into an existing swimming pool, it is far easier to use the existing lighting conduits, however a new light in a different location can be core drilled from the top of the pool down the wall, so new lights can be installed in different locations of an existing swimming pool.
Some older swimming pools still have 240v cable leading into the swimming pool! This is because the transformer used to be built in at the back of the light unit, meaning that while the globe may have used less voltage (like 36v) there was still a 240v cable sealed into the light under water! If you have one of these, do not try to uninstall it yourself, an electrician is required by law.
Fortunately LED pool lights typically use only 12V compared to a house (240V) and the new transformers now are normally installed near the pool equipment.
A pool light transformer is used to reduce the voltage from 240v to 12v. (Depending on your pool light)
Pool lights might use different voltages such as 36V, 32V, 24V, 22V and 12V, however most new LED lights are 12v, anything above 12v requires an electrician for installation.
Single colour LED is a steady pre-chosen colour.
Tri-colour L E D lets you choose a steady light out of three colours.
Multi-c o l o ur L E D 8 colours+ this light lets you choose a steady colour or you can make the colours alternate automatically.
Now you can purchase an optional remote control system made specifically for LED lights that can switch them on/off and remotely choose your colour settings.
This remote system is connected via your pool light transformer and requires additional work. There are also options where you can control the pool lights via a mobile app!