Problem Solver - August 2013
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Upgrade Your Pool Lighting

Many aquatic facilities are looking for ways to improve their appearance to attract more visitors. At the same time, most see the benefits of saving energy and lowering their operating costs. While some turn to renovations, making improvements at your recreational aquatic facility doesn't need to require a huge budget.

You can make minor changes but still have a dramatic effect on the appearance of your pool. What's more, some small changes now can also save energy over the long term.

For example, a simple upgrade to your pool's lighting from old incandescent bulbs to newer LED lights will both improve the aesthetic appearance of your pool, and will also save energy.

Q: The pool in our recreational facility uses older, incandescent lights that make the pool look dark and the pool's water look cloudy. We would like to upgrade to more energy-efficient LED lighting. Is there a way to do this easily without having to completely replace the light fixtures?

A: Talk to your pool supplier about the possibilities. There is now a simple solution on the market for pool professionals who want to replace their old incandescent bulbs with new, energy-efficient LED lights.

The new system allows users to switch out their incandescent bulbs without the hassle and cost of replacing the existing light fixture. Depending on your existing lighting, the lamp bulb can fit into the existing housing, making the switch fast and easy.

With this new solution, aquatic facilities can improve their pool's illumination with an energy-saving bonus.

Q: What are some of the benefits of LED lighting?

A: The new LED lamp system is both UL and cUL Certified LED and only uses 34 to 51 watts of power. The lights are available in 300-, 400- or 500-watt equivalencies, as well as both 120-volt and 12-volt versions.

Superior reflector design in the lens of the new lamps creates more uniform light distribution. Plus, the lens can be rotated 180 degrees to provide either a wide or a narrow beam pattern. And, the solid state technology of the LED lamp has no internal filament.

Q: We want to be sure that we're getting an energy-efficient solution that will last a long time. How can LED lighting save energy and money for our facility?

A: LED technology lasts much longer than traditional incandescent bulbs—up to 25 times longer, as new LED bulbs are rated to last up to 50,000 hours.

This means aquatic facilities will be changing bulbs far less often, saving time and money. For example, a facility using one incandescent 500-watt light running six hours a night at $0.15/kw year-round could save up to $150 in energy costs alone per year.

For facilities like this that have many more lights in their pools, the savings potential that can be realized by switching the bulb to an LED style is even higher, and the payback time even less.


Pentair Commercial Aquatics