10 Best LED Pool Lights in 2023 – Reviews & Top Picks
It’s amazing what an underwater pool light can do to improve the looks of your pool at night. More than helping you see for a quick swim in the evening, a good underwater pool light can completely illuminate the entire pool, giving it an elegant and luxurious look that enhances the entire surrounding area. For many years, incandescent bulbs were the only real option. But they used a lot of energy and needed to be replaced far too often.
Recently, LED technology has made its way into these underwater pool lights and now you can have a low-energy LED light illuminating your pool. But these lights offer more than just white light like the older bulbs.
Now, you can choose from many different colors of light and even enjoy multi-colored light shows that will liven up your pool and send colors dancing across the water. But which bulbs will last and which ones aren’t worth the cost? The following 10 reviews will compare some of the most popular LED pool lights available to determine just that.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites in 2023
|Best Value||Intex Wall Light||
|Premium Choice||Pentair IntelliBrite||
The 10 Best LED Pool Lights
1. S.R.Smith FLED-C-TR-30 LED Pool Light – Best Overall
Offering five watts of underwater light in 49 color variations, the TREO LED pool light from S.R. Smith is a perfect replacement for fiber optic spotlights. It’s sized to fit into 1.5-inch fittings for gunite, vinyl liner, and fiberglass pools. With this light, you get full control over custom colors and lighting programs. There are six colors and two color-shows to choose from, plus loads of advanced options including custom colors and dimmable brightness levels. You can even choose from five different trim plate covers to complement your pool’s surface.
Depending on how much reach you need, you can purchase this light with a cord that’s anywhere from 30 feet long to 150 feet long. Once we had it hooked up, we were impressed with how well this little light illuminated the water. The white light is even and bright with a wide disbursement that lit up the pool adequately. The color options were vibrant and added an ambiance to the pool area. The TREO light is even field-serviceable for three years, so you’ll be getting your money’s worth from this investment. All in all, these are the best LED pool lights you can buy this year.
2. Intex 28687E LED Pool Wall Light – Best Value
For lighting above ground pools, it’s hard to beat the simplicity and convenience of the Intex LED Pool Wall Light. They are one of the best pool lights we reviewed as they don’t require permanent installation or any modification to your pool. This light is magnetic and it’s held to the inside of your pool by the other half of the magnet that is located on the outside of the pool wall. The outside portion of the magnet is plugged into the wall and provides a small amount of electricity to the light. This makes it easy and quick to install and you never have to worry about modifying your pool or replacing batteries.
We were impressed with how much illumination this inexpensive little light provided. For a fraction of the cost that other lights go for, the Intex LED light will completely illuminate a pool up to 24 feet across. Keep in mind, it can’t be used with metal pools or in-ground pools and it’s got a shorter lifespan of just two years. Considering the high amount of illumination the Intex LED pool wall light produces for an affordable price, we think it’s one of the best LED pool lights for the money.
3. Pentair 601300 IntelliBrite LED Pool Light – Premium Choice
Pentair is one of the biggest names in pool equipment so we knew that their IntelliBrite LED pool light should be a quality product. You can purchase this light with a cord that’s anywhere from 30 feet to 250 feet long depending on your needs. If you install them yourself, you’ll void the warranty since they must be installed by a Pentair qualified installer if you want your warranty to remain valid. Keep this extra expense in mind before purchasing as this is already one of the more expensive lighting options for your pool.
We were pretty impressed with how much illumination the Pentair light provides. This single light completely lit up a large pool and brought it to life. Even though it puts off a lot of bright light, the Pentair light uses up to 85% less energy than the older incandescent style bulbs. You can even rotate the lens for a wide or narrow beam to accommodate different mounting locations within your pool. You won’t get any of the fancy colors or light shows offered by some of the LED lights we tested, but you’ll get the Pentair name and reliability.
4. SEURON LED Pool Light Bulb
If a plain white light is not going to add enough festivity to your pool, then the SEURON LED pool light bulb has 11 static colors and two multi-colored light shows to turn your pool into a dazzling display of dancing lights and reflections. This little 40-watt bulb can illuminate your entire pool, replacing a 300-500-watt bulb and using up to 50% less energy than competing lights. Moreover, it’s built to last for five years underwater so you won’t have to replace it again very soon. Considering it’s one of the cheaper LED pool lights we tested, the SEURON light provides some great value.
Whether your system is 12V or 120V, this light will work with your existing setup, but make sure you make the right selection since the 12V and 120V models are different. We loved the colors and bright light but we had some trouble getting it to change to all the colors. There are no instructions and it’s difficult to figure out how to program with no remote. Once we started switching colors, some of them weren’t very bright and vibrant, so they got skipped.
5. Roleadro Led Pool Light
While some LED pool lights can get quite expensive, the Roleadro light offers adequate illumination at an affordable price. It provides seven static color options and five dynamic modes that change through the colors for a unique look inside your pool. Those five dynamic modes have 10 different speed levels you can set them to for excellent control over your pool’s lighting. Luckily, this light includes a remote control that makes it easy to make any changes to the lighting that you want.
While many of the lights we tested were available with cords that were hundreds of feet long, this one only comes with a six-foot or 16-foot cord. It’s also designed to work only with a 12V system, so you’ll need to purchase a transformer separately if you don’t already have one. It’s a good light overall, but we’d like to see it usable with a standard 120V system as well and have options for a much longer cord.
6. LOFTEK Submersible LED Lights
If you’re looking for a more versatile lighting option for your pool, the LOFTEK Submersible LED Lights come with up to 12 separate waterproof lights in a package. This means you can position them throughout your pool to create interesting and unique light effects that can truly enhance your pool’s area. They have suction cups and magnets on the back that will allow you to mount them nearly anywhere. Luckily, they’re all programmed by remote so you won’t have to fish them all out every time you want to make adjustments.
While we liked the concept of the LOFTEK lights, they didn’t live up to expectations in the real world. Our first issue was with the suction cups. They don’t stick well and our lights kept dropping to the bottom of the pool. There is also no white light setting, so it’s other colors or nothing. Our final complaint was the poor battery life. These lights are powered by AA batteries that only provide 20 hours of light before needing to be replaced. Unless you want to be collecting them every other day to replace all their batteries, we suggest avoiding the LOFTEK lights.
7. Bonbo YCDBAI1250 LED Pool Bulb
The Bonbo LED pool bulb is a basic underwater LED bulb with no extras or fancy light shows. You get white light only, but it’s bright enough to illuminate an entire pool. On top of this, it’s also affordably priced. Whether you need a 12V or 120V light, the Bonbo has you covered since it’s available in either configuration.
While we would have preferred a bit more versatility with some vibrant colors or light shows, that’s not our biggest problem with the Bonbo pool bulb. What really bothered us was that it doesn’t live up to the advertised lifespan of 30,000+ working hours. Ours never crossed the one-year mark. We had it replaced since it is protected by a one-year warranty. But the same problem occurred again. Within a year, our new bulb was dead. This seems to be a recurring issue, so we can’t recommend the Bonbo bulb with such a poor lifespan.
8. Eurus Home LED Pool Lights
Available in 12V and 120V versions for improved compatibility, the Eurus Home LED pool light offers seven different colors of light to illuminate your pool’s water. You can program the colors by remote, so you won’t need to keep flicking the power switch on and off dozens of times like with other models. However, the remote doesn’t work if the bulb is in a metal housing or under three feet of water. You’ll also need an antenna installed on the light.
Overall, liked the illumination produced by this bulb. Most of the colors were vibrant and bright, but the red was very dim and didn’t provide much light at all. The bulb is protected by a one-year warranty in case anything goes wrong. However, that warranty doesn’t cover water getting into the housing, which makes it much less worthwhile in our eyes. In the end, we don’t think the Eurus Home light is one of the best underwater LED pool lights.
9. iledlight LED Pool Light Bulb
This little 50-Watt bulb from iledlight can replace a 200-800-Watt traditional bulb to conserve energy and ultimately save you money on your electric bill. It’s compatible with most standard housings, including Hayward and Pentair. It only offers white light, so you won’t get any dazzling color shows or even multiple hues to pick from. But it’s a very affordable bulb, so we didn’t expect many frills and extras to be built-in.
This light is 120V only, so don’t try to plug it into your existing 12V system. But you also won’t need any additional transformers to run it. The light installed easily and when we first started it the illumination was bright and filled the pool. Unfortunately, our first one died in less than a month. We contacted iledlight who sent out a replacement bulb, but it took a bit of back and forth emailing to get it. We were most disappointed when our second bulb was a repeat performance of the first one. After witnessing two bulbs fail within a month, we decided not to test our luck with a third bulb. With such poor longevity, it’s no surprise the iledlight bulb is near the end of our list.
10. CNBRIGHTER LED Underwater Pool Lights
Designed to run on DC 12V-24V circuits only, the CNBRIGHTER LED Underwater Pool Lights are small lights available in warm white, cool white, and blue hues. If you have a standard 120V circuit powering your current pool light, then you’ll need a transformer to convert to DC if you want to use the CNBRIGHTER lights. They are small and simple, offering just a single color each. You won’t get any fancy colors or light shows, just a basic pool light. But because of this, they’re very inexpensive, one of the cheapest underwater LED options we’ve seen.
One of our concerns was the very short leads on this light. We’d prefer to get more length from them as it would make it much easier to work with. Another issue we had was poor longevity. We purchased several to begin with, but most of them stopped working within the first few months. While they’re not terribly expensive, the cost begins to multiply if you have to continually replace them. In the end, we don’t think they’re a great option and we’d recommend opting for something like the S.R. Smith pool light in our top position instead.
Whether you want to enhance your pool area by adding colorful lights and light shows under the water, or you just want to save money by using a longer-lasting lower-energy bulb, underwater LED pool bulbs can be a great improvement to your pool. You’ve read about some of the most popular options in our reviews, but only three of them have earned our recommendations. The S.R. Smith TREO light was our favorite overall. The light offers six solid colors and up to 49 variations for a unique and ever-changing ambiance. Plus, you get five trim ring colors to complement the pool, and a long power cord up to 150 feet in length.
The Intex LED Pool Wall Light was our pick for best value. It’s magnetic, so it attaches to above ground pool walls with ease and no permanent installation is necessary. It’s affordably priced, easy to install, and illuminates a pool up to 24 feet long. Finally, the Pentair IntelliBrite LED Pool Light was our premium choice recommendation. It’s super bright, uses very little energy, and the lens can rotate to provide a wide or narrow beam depending on its placement in your pool.
- 1 A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites in 2023
- 2 The 10 Best LED Pool Lights
- 2.1 1. S.R.Smith FLED-C-TR-30 LED Pool Light – Best Overall
- 2.2 2. Intex 28687E LED Pool Wall Light – Best Value
- 2.3 3. Pentair 601300 IntelliBrite LED Pool Light – Premium Choice
- 2.4 4. SEURON LED Pool Light Bulb
- 2.5 5. Roleadro Led Pool Light
- 2.6 6. LOFTEK Submersible LED Lights
- 2.7 7. Bonbo YCDBAI1250 LED Pool Bulb
- 2.8 8. Eurus Home LED Pool Lights
- 2.9 9. iledlight LED Pool Light Bulb
- 2.10 10. CNBRIGHTER LED Underwater Pool Lights
- 3 Conclusion