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Color-changing LEDs Outshine Other Pool Lights

  When the sun goes down in your backyard, a good lighting system will illuminate your pool & spa and create dazzling evening scenery.  Today, the lighting system of choice for swimming pools is LED (Light Emitting Diodes).  LED illumination will bath your pool, spa, water features, and other decorative elements in stunning jewel-tone colors. The revolutionary technology controls intensity to deliver sensational lighting results.  The colors can remain fixed, or you can set them to rotate for even greater visual drama. A good LED system will also provide the ability to alternate or synchronize two or more colors.  This way, you can change the spa—say to magenta—while the pool is set to blue.  Or,

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Planning your new pool

  Part 1 of 2: Elements of the construction plan With so many decisions to make when buying a pool—including choices about design, materials, features, equipment, location in your yard, decking, and other additions such as fireplaces, outdoor kitchens, or landscaping—there may be times when you want to change your mind about an earlier selection. Before any dirt is turned in your backyard, your pool designer will develop a construction plan and give you a copy to review.  Typically, a plan will outline elements such as, but not limited to: >  Backyard measurements >  Pool position in the yard >  Footprint of the house >  Property lines, fences, and other barriers (e.g., overhead power lines)

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15 great ways to update your aging pool, deck & equipment

  Bring new life to your dated backyard resort today—and save time and money tomorrow.  A pool modernization and style makeover can deliver a variety of benefits, including: – enhanced beauty & enjoyment – reduction of water & energy consumption – greater operating ease and time savings related to maintenance – prevention of more labor- & cost-intensive repairs in the future. When planning your pool and backyard makeover, consider these smart options for your renovation: Note: Some options & materials listed here may not be available in all areas of the U.S. or may not be appropriate for your particular pool or backyard. Your local pool builder will advise which choices are best suited for

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Guarding your pool filter against unwanted microorganisms

It’s an enormously popular consumer “wonder” product, and it’s also available for your swimming pool:  Microban® antimicrobial protection.   This technology can take your pool’s filter cartridge to new levels of cleanliness!  Safe enough to be used in hundreds of consumer products like socks, baby toys, countertops, cutting boards, and humidifiers, Microban protection helps prevent growth of bacteria, yeasts, molds, and fungi that cause stains, odors, and product degradation.  Best of all, it does so in a safe, revolutionary way that provides lasting product protection.  When microbes come in contact with the product surface, Microban protection penetrates the organism’s cell wall—interfering with its ability to function and reproduce.  That makes it difficult for a colony of

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7 deadly sins when buying a swimming pool…

…If you want the most automated, fuss-free, comfortable experience possible. —Part 7 of 7: #7  Settling for an incandescent pool light Yes, a standard incandescent bulb has been proven in swimming pools for decades, and it will illuminate your pool. However, a standard incandescent bulb is also proven to be energy hungry, and the high wattage causes a great deal of heat to go through the light fixture—which can reduce total operating hours. The heat also creates a vacuum effect; the result is that the water can get sucked into the fixture and damage the entire unit.  As for aesthetics, it’s not exactly a superstar—often compared to the light from an oncoming train. For greater

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7 deadly sins when buying a swimming pool…

 …If you want the most automated, fuss-free, comfortable experience possible.  —Part 6 of 7:  #6. Failing to invest in remote automation  Sure, you can watch television without a remote control, but would you really want to?  The same can be said about today’s swimming pools.  A variety of remote control devices can make running your pool systems and activating various functions much, much easier. Styles of remotes vary.  There are base units that sit on a table or are mounted on a wall.  Increasingly popular are handheld devices.  Some are even waterproof so that you can use it while in your pool & spa. Controls can automate functions such as pool cleaning, purification, filtration, heating,

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7 deadly sins when buying a swimming pool…

…If you want the most automated, fuss-free, comfortable experience possible.  —Part 5 of 7:  #5. Settling for yesterday’s pool pump Pool pumps run key functions such as cleaning, filtration, heating, and water features.  Like any electronic product, some pool pumps may cost less up front—but lack the technology to make them more affordable to operate. Using a traditional single-speed pump will get the job done—but with a noisier motor, a shorter lifespan, and much higher electric bill. Investing in a modern two-speed or multi-speed pump will yield significant savings over months and years of operation.  The reason:  In order to power daily functions, a single-speed pump typically needs to run six to eight hours a

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7 deadly sins when buying a swimming pool…

…If you want the most automated, fuss-free, comfortable experience possible.  —Part 3 of 7:  #3. Opting for a DE filter vs. a cartridge filter Which pool filter does better a better job of capturing tiny particulate matter: DE (diatomaceous earth) or cartridge?  Particulate size is measured in microns.  For reference, a grain of table salt runs about 90 microns in size, and a human eye cannot really see anything smaller than about 35 microns. In a technical sense, DE does outperform a cartridge.  That’s because DE can filter particles as tiny as 3 to 5 microns—whereas a cartridge can handle microns as small 5 to 10.  However, unless you plan to gaze at your pool

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7 deadly sins when buying a swimming pool…

…If you want the most automated, fuss-free, comfortable experience possible. —Part 2 of 7: #2. Relying on chlorine to sanitize your water Quite simply, there is no reason for any pool owner to use tablet or liquid chlorine as the primary method for sanitizing pool water. Off-the-shelf chlorine increases the odd for chloramines—which cause red, stinging eyes, bleached hair, itchy skin, and that awful bleach-like odor. Chloramines can also lead to scum lines building up along the pool tile. For crystal-clear water that’s easy on your skin, hair, and eyes, there are two excellent alternative sanitizing options to ask your pool builder about: salt generators and ozone generators. Both systems provide an economical, healthy swimming

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7 deadly sins when buying a swimming pool…

…if you want the most automated, fuss-free, comfortable experience possible.  —A 7-part series When buying a pool, you actually can commit the following sins and still have a beautiful swimming environment. However, if your goal is a truly cost-efficient, environmentally friendly, easy-to-own pool with maximum use and enjoyment, there are seven acts that are best to avoid: #1. Passing on the automatic cleaner Sure you could save hundreds of dollars up front on your pool purchase by foregoing an automatic pool sweep—but at what real cost? Do you really want to spend hours each month scooping leaves and debris from your pool—or staring at dirty water if you don’t. Ask anyone who owns a backyard pool;

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