The best way to make your
pool more environmentally friendly is to use a solar swimming pool
heating unit; however these require a large initial investment and are
not the perfect solution for those on a tight budget or people who live
in colder climates. Nonetheless, you can still make your pool less
polluting and reduce your carbon footprint simply and easily by using
solar power to light your pool.
Solar pool lights are
available in a
variety of different designs and styles, some of which can still be
placed underwater, although this slightly diminishes the amount of
energy that they can generate. The most common type of solar swimming
pool light is a floating LED light, of which there are quite a few
different brands available both online and in pool supply
only problem with the floating lights is that they are normally meant
to be used only for decoration as they do not provide nearly enough
light to illuminate even a smaller sized pool. However, there are
floating LED lights that provide more than enough light for most
average sized pools.
The only problem is that
these lights are not
solar powered, but come with rechargeable batteries and a charger that
uses traditional electricity. However, these lights can quickly be
converted to use only solar power if you use a solar
battery charger to
recharge the batteries instead of the standard charger.
There are also
fixed solar pool lights that are attached directly to
the wall of an in ground or above ground pool. Determining the right
type of solar swimming pool light for your needs depends on the size of
the pool and how much light you need to produce.
Most solar lights come
with a rating which suggests the size of swimming pool that they
provide adequate light for. Be sure to pay attention to this, because
in some cases it may be necessary to purchase more than one solar pool
light in order to fully illuminate your pool.
Below you will find
honest reviews on some of the most popular solar swimming pool lights
on the market. Overall, all of the products listed below are quite
decent and can be highly recommended, so you should be able to feel
confident that are you getting a high quality product if you purchase
any of them.
Swim Time NA4910 Ultimate
Solar Powered LED Light
If you are looking for a
fixed solar swimming pool light, then the Swim
Time NA4910 Ultimate Solar Powered LED Light is probably the best you
will find on the market. In fact, it is one of the only decent fixed
lights we’ve come across. The Swim Time NA4910 features four very
bright LED lights capable of lighting a pool that is up to twenty feet
by forty feet large.
The product also comes
with a dimmer which should
be used for smaller pools. It contains two small solar panels that are
capable of generating electricity even when placed underwater. The
product’s battery can store enough electricity to keep the light
running for ten hours or longer if you use the dimmer, while the solar
panels can recharge the battery at a rate of about two hours of use
time per day. This makes the light only suitable for light use and
should not be considered by those looking for permanent pool
One advantage of the Swim Time NA4910 is
that it comes with a remote
that can be used to turn the light on from up to forty feet away, so
you can turn the light on to illuminate your pool when your are still
in your home. The best part about this light is that although it is a
fixed light, it is also very portable due to the fact that there is a
strong magnet on the back of the product so it can be stuck to any
Another mounting option is
to glue or epoxy the included
mounting disk on the wall of your pool and then clip the light on the
Overall, this is the one
of the highest quality environmentally
friendly fixed pool lights on the market; although it does come with a
somewhat steep price: most retailers sell this light for around $220.
The price may put some people off; however, the LEDs are rated to
last over 9000 hours, and the product should last for a decent amount
of time provided it is well taken care of and not damaged. Nonetheless,
if you are looking for something a little cheaper, then a floating pool
light like the one listed below may be a better option for you.
Floating Lights- Can Be
Converted to Solar
If you are looking for a
cheaper alternative to the fixed light, then
the Swim Time NA4172
floating light comes highly recommended as it
provides much more light than most its competitors. This light includes
rechargeable batteries that can be charged with a solar battery
charger, although that is not included.
While not being as cheap
many of the other floating solar lights, this product is much better
made and should last for a few years. You should expect to pay around
$100 for both this light and a decent quality solar battery charger.
While not providing as much light as the fixed product, this is still a
good way to light up your pool with solar power.
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