Pond Lights - Submersible Kits and Solar Floating Lights!
One of the ways you can highlight the beautiful focal-features of your
pond at night is to install pond lights. These lights come
in kit-form, or you can buy parts separately, and put together the necessary
components on your own. Some of the leading manufacturers of pond lighting
includes: Beckett, Little Giant, Atlantic, Pondmaster, Calpump, Alpine,
Hozelock, Kichler, Nightscaping Lighting, Sunterra, AquaGlow and Hinkley.
Is Pond Lighting Energy Efficient?
In general, pond lighting is energy-efficient because most of the lighting
selection operates on a 12volt low voltage current as opposed to a standard
current which is 120 volts. Using this type of pond lighting will keep
your costs down because they use less electricity.
Solar Pond and Pool Lights:
Solar pond lights are designed to float on the surface of your pond, not to be submerged below. These types of fixtures are popular, mainly because they provide for fun pool accents and are useful if your home-pond is far from an electric power source. Here are some favorites:
Powered Floating Light Globe - This solar-powered floating globe shines
bright in every color, casting brilliant reds, greens, yellows and more
colors on landscape features, fountains, pathways and statues.
Low Voltage Pond Lighting Kits:
If you buy a pond lighting kit it should come with all of the necessary components. These include: a transformer; light or lights with a decent length cord; and clear, plus maybe, colored lenses. To buy, we recommend Amazon for the best price and free shipping. Take a look their pond light kits from Beckett, Sunterra, Dannon Pondmaster. Cost for kits range from $40 to $200.
If you want to DIY, you can buy parts separately. Just make sure that
everything is designed for the use you have in mind. For example, if you
are looking to buy lighting for a fish pond, make sure that the fixtures
are suitable for fish and aquatic life. An example of where a fixture
could reek havoc in your Koi pond is by mistakenly using a copper fixture
which can form copper sulfate and harm your fish. Also, not all water
lights are designed for use with any so-called water feature. Always check
with the manufacturer's recommendations for use.
Pond UV Lights - What's the Difference from LED and Halogen?
though the name is Pond UV lights these lights are not what you'd think.
In fact, contrary to the name, pond UV lights are used for filtration
to keep a pond clean and algae-free not for lighting.
About - Light Bulbs for Pond Lighting:
The 2 most common light bulbs used for pond lighting are LED and Halogen; and wattage is typically either 10w or 20w.
Brand, Calpump, makes 'Mini Egglites' that use LED. Atlantic's LED lighting
system uses built in photo-cell technology which automatically turns the
light on at dark and off at dusk. Advantages to using LED over halogen?
As we know, LED bulbs last virtually forever which means you won't have
to even think about replacing them. Also, LED uses very little electricity.