In this guide we'll find out if a LED Pool Light is economical for you.We all know that switching to a colored LED light adds a whole new feel and look into your swimming pool, but does it actually save you money? We went ahead and crunched the numbers to see what you actual save. Please feel free to comment on the bottom of this page.
1. When I did my research I decided to see if it is worth it to actually upgrade to a LED bulb. I did not want to change the whole light fixture, but was more interested on just changing out the bulb. A LED bulb usually runs at approximately 40W and I wanted to compare it to the average 300W incandescent bulb. I also ran a figure as if the bulb was run an average of 8 hours per day. I also took the national average of $0.15/kWh.
2. What is the running cost of a swimming pool light per year?
300W incandescent bulb x 8hrs x 365 days = 876 KWh /yr at $.15/KWh = $131/yr
40W LED Bulb x 8hrs x 365 days = 116 KWh / yr at $.15/KWh = $17/yr
You save $114/yr
3. What are the initial cost of a swimming pool light bulb?
Average Cost of 300W incandescent light = $30
Average Cost of 40W LED Bulb = $220
You will make your money back in energy cost savings in 1.6 years ($114 / year)
4. What are the average lifespan of swimming pool lights?
Avg life of 300W incandescent light - 4.4 yrs
Avg life of 40 W LED light - 11 yrs
Over 11 years you will have to buy 3 incandescent light for every LED light.
Total Savings over 11 year span = energy savings ($114/ year x 11 years = $1254) - initial cost (LED = $220 - 3 Incandescent bulbs = $90) = $1,124
So you will save $1,124 over 11 years.
5. Bottom line: Should I upgrade to a LED Pool Light?
If you are planning on staying in your home with the pool for over 2 years you will save money on a LED bulb. It makes sense and you will save money.
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