Why You Should Care About LED Pool Lights

LED Pool Lights

Are you looking to upgrade your pool’s lighting system with an LED light, but have some doubts? We have tackled the most common questions about what makes LED Lights so popular.

What’s the big deal about LED Pool Lights?

  • Longer Life: Some LED bulbs are rated to last up to 50,000 hours!
  • Brighter: LED lights have a superior reflector design and lens geometry, which increases the intensity and color effects across the pool bottom.
  • Colorful: Most LED lights have pre-set colors and light shows.
  • Efficient: LED’s consume about 40W compared to the average 400W from incandescent bulbs, while emitting more lumens per watt. Pentair promotes that the IntelliBrite 5G bulbs consume 89% less electricity than incandescent and halogen pool lights.


Here is an easy calculation to show the HUGE savings of LED light bulbs. (Currently, the national average price for electricity is 12 cents per kilowatt-hour.) This example is showing the cost to run a pool 8 hours per day, 365 days per year.

400W Incandescent Bulb (0.4) x 8 hours x 365 = 1,168 KWh/year at $0.12/KWh = $140/year

40W LED Bulb (0.04) x 8 hours x 365 = 117 KWh/year at $0.12/KWh = $14/year

You can save $126/year from one bulb!


400W incandescent light bulbs cost around $30 average, while a 40W LED bulb will cost closer to $220. You will make your money back in energy cost savings in 1.9 years ($126/year).

The average incandescent bulb lasts between 2,000 – 3,000 hours, which is about 8 months if you run your light for 8 hours/day, every day. This means you will need to replace your incandescent light bulb 2.6x in the time that it will take to make your money back on the LED light bulb (1.9 years).

Okay, let’s break it down:

If a 40W LED bulb can hypothetically last up to 17 years (50,000 hours at 8 hours/day), and a 300W incandescent bulb may last around 8 months (2,000 hours at 8 hours/day)… you will need to purchase over 25 incandescent light bulbs before needing to replace 1 LED bulb! 25 x $30 (average price of incandescent bulb) = $750. That’s not including the immense difference per month on your utility bill!


Simply, LEDs are tiny light bulbs that fit into an electrical circuit in the lamp. The best part? They don’t have a filament that will burn out, allowing them to run much cooler and last longer than regular incandescent bulbs. Unlike incandescent bulbs, LED pool lights will continue to work even if one LED burns out. The bulbs are illuminated by the movement of electrons in a semiconductor material.

These lights have the ability to change colors without a filter, where incandescent pool lights cannot. With LED lights, you can simply flip a switch to activate a beautiful color show in your swimming pool.


LED Pool Light Bulbs include an edison base, making it simple to screw into standard pool lamps. Remember to ALWAYS turn off the power to the lighting system before removing the fixture from your pool’s wall.

Installing an entire lighting unit requires removing the casing and cable out of the pool wall.


If you are planning on staying at your home for 2 or more years, the answer is YES! To recap: LED pool lights may last up to 50,000 hours, save you a significant amount of money on your monthly utility bill and provide more light and color than your standard incandescent light. The answer is clear (or color-changing)!

Keep in mind – if you purchase an LED light fixture, compared to an LED bulb that is retrofitted into your current light bulb lamp, you will need to replace the entire unit when the time comes to change the light.

Product Recommendations

J&J Electronics ColorSplash LED Replacement Bulb

These color-changing LED light bulbs will bring intense colors to your pool, running off of 25-40W and include a 3-year replacement warranty.

JJ Electronics ColorSplash 3G
  • Color-changing LED
  • Integrated Cooling System
  • Lifespan up to 50,000 Hours!
  • Easily Replace Hayward or Pentair Lights
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Pentair IntelliBrite 5G White LED Pool Light

This bulb is one of the smartest, brightest and most efficient bulbs on the market. It is compatible with plastic and steel Pentair niches and compatible with Pentair IntelliTouch, EasyTouch, and SunTouch automatic controls. The Pentair IntelliBrite comes in many different sizes and cable lengths for pools and spas.

Pentair IntelliBrite
  • Wide Angle Light Position for greater Underwater Coverage
  • Compatible with Pentair Niches
  • 12V and 40W
  • 86% Less Electricity than Incandescent Lights
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Brian Champ
When Brian isn't writing pool-related articles, he enjoys anything that will take him outdoors: hiking, biking and trail running ...to name a few. Brian is excited to share his pool knowledge with helpful how-to guides, product reviews, comparisons, and more!