How To Select a LED Color Changing Light to Replace an Old White Light

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If you have an older pool with a white incandescent or halogen pool light fixture, you may want to consider changing the old light fixture to a LED Color Changing Light fixture. Besides cutting you light operational cost drastically, changing to an LED light fixture will give you up to 5 color options and 7 light changing programs. For commercial pools you may want ot change to a LED White Light fixture. Your current light fixture is mounted in a permanently installed light fixture housing, commonly called a “niche”. Not all light fixtures fit in a given niche. This guide helps you select which of the more common Color changing fixtures will be compatible with the more common niches. For a more general discussion on pool light options, see our guide on “How To Understand Pool Light Options”.

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GENERAL OPTIONS - The most common white pool light fixtures and associated niches are manufactured by Hayward, Pentair, and Sta-Rite (recently bought by Pentair). The most common LED light fixture manufactures are Hayward, Pentair and Jandy. The following steps will show you, by manufacturer, how to select a LED light fixture that will be compatible with the niche of your old light fixture. Note: There are a limited number of light fixtures that can be converted to LED light by simply replacing the light fixture bulb. See our guide on "How To Convert to a LED Color Changing Light by Changing the Light Bulb" for more information.

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HAYWARD CONVERSION - This chart shows you which of the common LED lights are compatible with the niches of the more common older Hayward lights. Three standard Hayward lights are shown: ASTROLITE, DURALITE and STARLIGHT. These three light fixtures are generally installed into one of the three associated Hayward niches as shown. The four LED light fixtures shown will fit into all three of these Hayward niches. As an example, the Hayward Astolite light fixture that was installed in any one of the three Hayward niches, can be replaced with any of the four LED light fixtures shown.

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PENTAIR CONVERSION - This chart shows you which of the common LED lights are compatible with the niches of the more common older PENTAIR lights. Four standard PENTAIR lights and one related PAC FAB light are shown:AMERLITE, SAM LIGHT, AQUALIGHT AMERQUARTZ and HATTERAS These five light fixtures are generally installed into one of the four associated Pentair niches as shown. The six LED light fixtures shown will fit into any of the four of these Pentair niches. As an example, the Pentair AMERLITE light fixture that was installed in one of the four Pentair niches, could be replaced with any of the six LED light fixtures shown.

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STA-RITE CONVERSION - This chart shows you which of the common LED lights are compatible with the niches of the more common older STA-RITE lights. Two standard STA-RITE lights are shown:SUNBRITE and SUNGLOW II. These two light fixtures are generally installed into one of the four Pentair niches as shown. The six LED light fixtures shown will fit into any of the four of these Pentair niches. As an example, the Sta-Rite SUNBRITE light fixture that was installed in one of the four Pentair niches, could be replaced with any of the six LED light fixtures shown.

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JANDY CONVERSION - This chart shows you which of the common LED lights are compatible with the niches of the more common older JANDY lights. Three standard JANDY lights are shown:WHITE LIGHT, COLORS, AND COLORS 2. These three light fixtures are generally installed into one of the five niches as shown. The six LED light fixtures shown will fit into one of  five of these niches. As an example, the Jandy WHITE LIGHT light fixture that was installed in one of the four niches shown, could be replaced with any of the six LED light fixtures shown that has a matching "yes". Thus, the Pentair INTELLIBRITE 5g LED Light can only replace the Jandy WHITE LIGHT that was mounted in the two Pentair niches shown.

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