How To Convert to a LED Color Changing Light by Changing the Bulb

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Most of the older incandescent and halogen pool lights can be changed to the newer LED color changing lights by replacing the entire light fixture. But there are a limited number of old lights that can be converted to LED light by simply replacing the old light fixture bulb with a color changing LED light bulb. This guide shows you how to determine if your light fixture can be converted with a bulb change. Once you have determined if your light fits into this class, click on this link for instructions on "How to Upgrade Your Pool Light To an LED Color Changing Light".

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LED BULB DISCUSSION – As stated above, a limited number of light fixtures can be converted to LED lighting by simply changing the light bulb. The light fixture must be large enough to accommodate the LED bulb and the old incandescent bulb must have an Edison base –like a standard household bulb. An LED light is very cost efficient. Most use less than 45 Watts compared to the 300-500 Watts used by the old incandescent bulbs – an up to 85% savings. The LED color changing bulbs generate from 5-7 separate colors which can be blended and programmed to produce a number of automated color sequences. They are also available in white light only for those customers where local codes require white light – mostly commercial pools.  In brightness, the LED bulbs produce light that is equivalent to a 300 to 400 Watt incandescent bulb depending on the color. White and yellow light is generally equivalent to a 400W bulb; the darker blue and red lights are equivalent to a 300W bulb. These bulbs come in both 12V and 120V.  Either option generates the same brightness. The rest of this guide discusses the specific LED bulbs currently available and shows which incandescent light fixtures are compatible. Once you have selected your bulb, go you our guide on "How to Upgrade Your Pool Light To an LED Color Changing Light".

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J&J ELECTRONICS PURE WHITE LED BULB - This is a picture of the J&J  Electronics "PURE WHITE" LED Bulb. This light produces only white light. Here's a series of links to: the 120V Pure White Bulb ; the 12V Pure White Bulb; and the "J&J data sheet for the Pure White Bulb".

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PURE WHITE COMPATIBILITY FIXTURES - This chart shows you which incandescent light fixtures are compatible with the "PURE WHITE" Bulb replacement. Where applicable check Series of the light fixture as well as the Model. For example, verify that the Hayward Astrolite is Series SP058.

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J&J ELECTRONICS COLOR SPLASH 2G LED BULB - This is a picture of the J&J Electronics "COLOR SPLASH 2G" LED Bulb. This light produces 7 separate colors and 5 different light shows. For more information see: the 120V Color Splash 2G Bulb; the 12V Color Splash 2G Bulb; and the J&J data sheet for the Color Splash 2G Bulb.

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COLOR SPLASH 2G COMPATIBILITY FIXTURES - This chart shows you which incandescent light fixtures are compatible with the "COLOR SPLASH 2G" Bulb replacement. Where applicable check Series of the light fixture as well as the Model. For example, verify that the Hayward Astrolite is Series SP058.

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J&J ELECTRONICS COLOR SPLASH 3G LED BULB - This is a picture of the J&J Electronics "COLOR SPLASH 3G" LED Bulb. Like the Color Splash 2G bulb described above, the 3G bulb also produces 7 separate colors and 5 different light shows, but it has significantly more light output than the 2G bulb.  Because of its advanced LED technology, the 3G bulb generated 3 times the light output and is able to spread the light further across the width of the pool. For more information see: the 120V Color Splash 3G Bulb; the 12V Color Splash 3G Bulb; and the J&J data sheet for the Color Splash 3G Bulb.

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COLOR SPLASH 3G COMPATIBILITY FIXTURES - This chart shows you which incandescent light fixtures are compatible with the "COLOR SPLASH 3G" Bulb replacement. Where applicable check Series of the light fixture as well as the Model. For example, verify that the Hayward Astrolite is Series SP058.

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PENTAIR AMERBRITE WHITE LED BULB - This is a picture of the Pentair "AMERBRITE WHITE" LED Bulb.  This light produces only white light. For more information see: the 120V AmerBrite White Bulb; the 12V AmerBrite White Bulb ; and the  Pentair data sheet for the AmerBrite WHITE Bulb. Note: the AmerBrite Bulbs are available in three equivalent wattages, 300,400 and 500 for both 120V and 12V.

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AMERBRITE WHITE COMPATIBILITY FIXTURES - The AMERBRITE Bulbs were only made to fit the Amerlite Fixtures, so as this chart shows, the AMERBRITE WHITE Bulb is only compatible with the Pentair Amerlite Fixture.

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PENTAIR AMERBRITE COLOR LED BULB - This is a picture of the Pentair "AMERBRITE COLOR" LED Bulb. This light produces 5 separate colors and 7 different light shows. For more information see: the 120V AmerBrite Color Bulb; the 12V AmerBrite Color Bulb ; and the Pentair data sheet for the AmerBrite Color Bulb.

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AMERBRITE COLOR COMPATIBILITY FIXTURES - The AMERBRITE Bulbs were only made to fit the Amerlite Fixtures, so as this chart shows, the AMERBRITE COLOR Bulb is only compatible with the Pentair Amerlite Fixture.

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