When discussing pool lighting solutions, frequently one name that pops up again and again in conversation is PAL Lighting. The Sydney Australia-based manufacturer makes a line of wirelessly controlled LED lighting and controllers that are perfect for swimming pools, spas, water features, and landscape lighting. After first entering the US market back in 2004, word spread both in the marketplace and with professionals. Consequently, today, PAL Lighting has become a serious force to be reckoned with in the world of LED lighting. Folks are suddenly paying attention, particularly in the pool industry; and for good reason.
A Vacuum in Supply for LED Pool Lights Creates Opportunity
One thing the pandemic did was create supply chain issues with manufacturers all over the globe. What it also did was create an opportunity for LED lighting manufacturers like PAL to suddenly reach more customers. While many pool professionals were aware of who PAL Lighting was, change happens slowly in the industry as does mass adoption of a new product line. Shortages and delays getting products have caused professionals to reexamine PAL’s products and value proposition. Suddenly PAL is in the spotlight, so to speak.
To get a better understanding of their product line we met with Ben Forrest, U.S. representative for PAL Lighting and Ryan Hughes, one of the elite builders working today. “Many have heard of our product line but haven’t tried them just because of the comfort level of doing the same old thing,” said Forrest, “while they might have heard of us, they may not have much experience with our products.”
Industry Looks To New Sources For LED Pool Lighting
“Most pool professionals in the industry didn’t have much knowledge of PAL Lighting prior to the pandemic, we were probably best known for our strip lighting. When Covid happened product shortages impacted a lot of manufacturers. That didn’t happen with us because our products are manufactured in Australia, not in China so we didn’t have any of the trade sanctions or challenges other manufacturers faced to the same degree,” said Forrest.
“A lot of operators were forced to try PAL Lighting as an alternative to one of the ‘Big 3’ and when they did they came back and said ‘Wow, where have you been?’, and we said, ‘Well, we’ve always been here, but nobodies been paying attention til now,'” said Forrest.
Building Awareness One Builder at a Time
“Our sales have skyrocketed, simply because we’ve had to fill the void,” explained Forrest, “for us, the growth that we’ve seen in demand for our strip lighting is really exciting. For the last four years our strip lighting has been more than 1,000% of the previous year. You do that for four years in a row and you can tell you’re really getting strip lighting out there.”
“The other growth that’s exciting for us is that once we build a relationship with a builder and go through a few projects with them, they start to get a real understanding of what they can do with our lighting,” said Forrest, “they’re accomplishing things they’ve never been able to do before and that gives them room for growth. Instead of putting 4 lights in a swimming pool, I work with builders who are regularly putting 20-30 fixtures. They’re adding lighting for outdoor kitchens, fire pits, and all sorts of things.”
Ryan Hughes Turns To PAL Lighting
In this industry, mass adoption happens when products hit a tipping point with the right people. The fact that the elite of the industry such as Ryan Hughes have begun incorporating PAL Lighting into their luxury pool projects, suddenly puts PAL on the world stage with their products. In a recent interview with Hughes back in November at the International Pool & Spa Expo, Hughes showcased one of his latest projects using PAL Lighting products.
In Hughes’ PAL Lighting application he wanted to give homeowners the ability to fully control their lighting system. “They were the only manufacturer that could give us a four wire RGBW light that could be connected with DMX,” said Hughes, “because (the homeowner) wanted a DMX controller, he didn’t just want 10 colors, he wanted to be able to have any color show he wanted.”
Forrest, who uses the Hughes project as an example when showcasing the product, agrees that homeowners have come to expect more from their lighting system. Consequently, the number of existing pool owners that are looking to upgrade to LED lighting in their pool is growing.
“Think of all the lights that were installed prior to the late 90’s and early 2000’s. All of them use incandescent bulbs. We developed a bulb that we can use as a replacement that takes the average pool from a 500 watt incandescent bulb to a 9 watt LED and you get all the features that you would get from a true RGB light,” said Forrest, “meaning you get 16 million colors, dimming functions, true white mode; all controlled by remote. Pool professionals can make good margins but still retail these things for under $400.”
Listen to our entire conversation with Ben Forrest of PAL Lighting on the Pool Magazine podcast.
Ledge Lounger’s Autograph Collection is the Smash of the Summer
As the weather warms up, many of us are looking forward to spending more time outdoors. If you’re lucky enough to have a pool, you may be considering how to make the most of your outdoor living space. One option that has become increasingly popular this summer is the Ledge Lounger Autograph Collection.
This brand new luxurious line of furniture already seems a perfect fit for those who want to create a sophisticated and stylish outdoor living environment in their backyard. A recognized staple in outdoor living furniture and amenities.
Ledge’s newest collection completely reimagines comfort as it equates to luxury and refinement. Understated, modern, and streamlined aesthetics lie at the core of the Autograph Collection.
What’s truly impressive is how the collection is both equally at home at the trendiest 5-star luxury resorts as well as right in the backyard. A quick glance through the new collection leaves no doubt that Autograph is versatile and well-designed. Featuring a variety of high-end amenities that sophisticated homeowners are looking for, the new collection includes comfortable chaises, chairs, umbrellas, and side tables.
One of the hottest features in recent years has been incorporating huge tanning ledges in the design of the pool. Not only does this create a larger shallow area but creates a more dynamic use of the space. Ledge Lounger has capitalized on this trend to rapidly become the leader of in-pool furniture with their popular line of chaise lounges.
Perhaps the most exciting offering in Autograph is the reinterpretation of their exciting in-pool furniture. We’re in love with these stylish new chaise loungers and think you will be too. Available in white, sandstone, cloud, and granite gray, there are 4 unique looks in Autograph Collection which should greatly appeal to designers and builders looking to offer more options to their customers.
The Autograph chairs are available in the same exact colors and when smartly paired with side tables instantly create a stylish and contemporary poolside conversation area. Submersible up to 12 inches, the chairs can also be used in and out of the pool which makes them an enormously popular choice this summer.
Ledge’s efforts to create a luxurious collection really bring some of the best elements together. New, incredibly comfortable headrest pillows were designed for the chaise lounges and come in a wide assortment of colors and patterns.
Marine-grade fabrics and EZ-Dri foam core make the pillows resistant to fading, mold and mildew. They also come with convenient built-in pockets for storing a cellphone, wallet, or keys.
One thing we appreciate in the new collection is the attention to detail in how products are used and utilized in real-world settings. Smart details like creating multi-functional pieces with hidden storage for ice and drinks are the differentiator here. The Autograph Umbrella Stand features an Ice Bin as does the tall variation of the Autograph Side Table.
Attention To Detail & Real World Use
Honestly, these are all important and frequently overlooked details that make all the difference when selecting a line of outdoor living furniture for your pool area. The Autograph Collection will appeal to those looking for ways to take their backyard to the next level. With its luxurious design and high-end features, the Autograph Collection is the smart choice for those who simply want to enjoy the very best of outdoor living.
Planning The Ultimate Outdoor Area for Entertaining
Having a dream outdoor living space is something a lot of us want to check off our bucket list. Whether it’s because you love to throw big parties with friends, host fun family reunions, or just want to create a space to relax on the weekends, transforming your outdoor living area doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With just a little planning, you can create the ultimate outdoor area and entertain your loved ones for years to come. Let’s dive deep into a few ideas to create your unique space!
Luxury Outdoor Furniture & Accessories
Your outdoor space’s aesthetic is just as important as any other part of your home. Whether you’re looking to create an area to relax in with your family, or host large parties for friends, making sure your backyard reflects your personal style while providing you with desired conveniences is crucial. But with so many styles, it can be a daunting task to find furniture that helps create the look you want while being durable enough to withstand outdoor elements.
One thing anyone can use in their backyard is tabletop space. Even the smallest of spaces can be transformed with something like the Amped Table with Cupholders. This small side table is available in over ten colors and will keep you and your loved one’s beverages safe from spilling.
Stylish In-Pool Furniture and Seating
You can’t have a deluxe pool and outdoor space without luxury in-pool furniture. Creating a space to lay back and soak up the sun will take your backyard paradise to the next level. Have an empty Baja shelf you’re looking to fill? Try a luxurious in-pool lounger like the Kai Shelf Lounger. These ultra-modern loungers aren’t only visually appealing but provide optimal comfort for you and your loved ones.
Another option is the Shayz Lounger which can be used in or outside of the pool to add an elegant touch for your ultimate outdoor space. With risers of different sizes available, the options are endless no matter how deep your shelf.
Porcelain Patio Pavers & Hardscapes
Keeping the area around your pool looking clean and fresh is imperative to maintaining a luxurious and inviting outdoor space. Nobody wants to get out of a relaxing and refreshing pool only to walk barefoot on rough, dirty pavers. Traditionally, pavers have been made of concrete and natural stone and require more maintenance than porcelain pavers and hardscapes.
Unlike traditional materials, porcelain pavers don’t need to be sealed because they are non-porous, making them easy to clean and maintain. They provide a consistency in color that is not found in other materials, and they are resistant to fading and staining. Moreover, they provide an elegant, high-end feel to match your luxury aesthetic. When creating the ultimate outdoor area to entertain your loved ones, choosing the best pavers shouldn’t be overlooked.
Modern Fire Features
Add a unique and cozy element to your outdoor space with a modern fire feature. Available in many shapes and sizes, there is something for every backyard, no matter how big or small your space may be.
Cozy up around a fire with family during the fall, or simply warm up and have a drink after getting out of your pool; either way, adding a fire bowl or table to your backyard paradise will add a high-end feel to your home’s style. Some even double as additional tabletop space to serve food and drinks. A fire feature makes for another sophisticated and inviting gathering place to make memories with loved ones.
Fire & Water Combination Bowls
Wishing you could bring the warmth and ambience of a high-end fire feature poolside? Well, now you can with a Fire and Water combination bowl. This new, trending outdoor feature brings a warm, sultry feel to your pool that will get your friends and family talking. Now you can have a drink and relax in a cozy atmosphere without ever having to get out of the pool!
Robotic, Solar-powered Pool Skimmers
The final piece to creating the ultimate outdoor space for entertaining is to keep your pool clean and party ready at all times. Let’s be honest, this can be a daunting, time-consuming task. Investing in a solar-powered robotic skimmer is a great solution to help you keep your pool looking clean and inviting all year long.
Solar power energy means it’s not only eco-friendly, but you don’t need to worry about additional energy costs, charging, or batteries. These new modern models also have accompanying apps for both android and Apple devices that allow you to control the skimmer and even check pool chemical levels from the palm of your hand. Take a break and rid yourself of one more chore with an automatic pool cleaner.
Whatever your dream outdoor space looks like, these suggestions will help elevate your space to a truly welcoming and enjoyable area for you and your loved ones. There really is something for everyone to make their ultimate outdoor space a reality.
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Best Pool Alarms of 2022
Pool alarms are a must these days if you own a swimming pool. The basic function of a pool alarm system is the detection and notification of unauthorized entry into the swimming pool area. The most reliable pool alarms and monitoring devices have multiple features that provide homeowners the peace of mind that their pool is protected and safeguarded. This is especially important if you have small children and pets in your home. Pool alarms have become a mandatory safety feature in many cities and municipalities.
Why Purchase a Pool Alarm?
Sadly, over three thousand people each year die from accidental drownings. It’s also a fact that drowning is the #1 cause of death amongst children ages 1-4. It’s an absolutely heartbreaking statistic, in part because a large percentage of these deaths are entirely preventable. Providing young children with swim lessons and installing a proper pool fence is vital in safeguarding your family around the pool. Purchasing a pool alarm system works in tandem to ensure that swimmers aren’t using the pool unknown to the homeowner.
Best Pool Alarms of 2022
Pool Magazine rates the best pool alarm systems and drowning detection systems available. From entry-level value systems to the latest state-of-the-art technology to hit the market, here is our pick for the best swimming pool alarms of 2022.
- Editor’s Pick – Best Overall Pool Alarm
- Best Value Pool Alarm
- Best Entry Level Alarm
- Best Alarm for Above Ground Pools
- Best Gate Alarm for Pools
- Best Sliding Door Alarm
- Best Value Pool Alarm Under $100
- Best Outdoor Motion Sensor
- Best Value Alarm for Kids & Pets
- Best Portable Alarm System
- Honorable Mention – Inground Pool Motion Sensor
- Honorable Mention – Pool Gate Alarm
Editor’s Pick – Best Overall Pool Alarm
CamerEye’s advanced and highly trained and adaptive deep learning artificial intelligent models will detect a person in or near the pool.
Simply place the camera in your pool or spa and turn it on. The camera will send live video to the smart hub, which will then send it to your phone. Any distress or unwelcome person presence will be detected automatically, and an audio and visual alert will be sent to your smart hub, alarm, and mobile app.
When human entry into the pool area is detected, an alarm is issued to the user. Extra cameras are recommended for larger pools or areas covered by the “Smart Fence.” Up to four cameras can be supported by the CamerEye system. These are all weather cameras with infrared technology that can be monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Best Value Pool Alarm
Poolguard PGRM-2 In-Ground Pool Alarm
Once installed in the pool, the poolguard pool alarm cannot be turned off; it is constantly in alarm mode. When removed from the pool, the poolguard pool alarm will sound an alarm. When you’re ready to use your pool, simply take the alarm out of the pool and set it to sleep mode. When the poolguard pool alarm is installed in the pool, it will immediately wake up and do a system test.
The poolguard pool alarm comes with a 12 volt power supply and an in-house remote receiver with a range of up to 200 feet. The poolguard poolside alarm is powered by a 9-volt battery (not included) with a one-year battery life. The in-house remote receiver also indicates an audible low battery indicator at the poolside alarm. New sensor technology reduces the likelihood of false alerts caused by wind, rain, or small things entering the water, such as sticks or toys. Poolguard pool alarms have been thoroughly tested and meet ASTM standards. Poolguard should not be installed too close to the return line.
Best Entry Level Pool Alarm
The POOL PATROL Alarm is designed to provide an extra layer of protection for your family. The POOL PATROL Alarm is not a life-saving device and should not be used in place of other safety measures such as adult supervision, lifeguards, fences, gates, pool covers, locks, and other similar measures. It’s possible that the POOL PATROL Alarm will miss progressive ingress into the pool.
A transmitter and receiver are included in this model. It’s designed to notify you at the pool if there’s been an incursion, and it’ll send a signal to a receiver nearby.
Pool Patrol Pool Safety devices, like as our award-winning floating Pool Alarms and access Gate Alarms, keep your family and pets safe. Pool Patrol aspires to be the swimming pool safety expert by developing high-quality pool safety goods and serving as a one-stop shop for all things pool safety. This pool alarm meets the criteria of ASTM Protection Specification F 2208 and adds an extra layer of safety, giving parents, guardians, homeowners, facility managers, life guards, and all pool or spa owners peace of mind.
Best Alarm for Above Ground Pools
PoolEye is the trusted brand you need to provide you and your family piece of mind when it comes to pool safety, thanks to its line of inexpensive, precise alarms. Our subsurface wave detection alarms have been rigorously tested, sensing items as light as 15 pounds while avoiding situations that might generate false alarms, such as wind and rain. PoolEye alarms, which feature the most accurate pool incursion technology on the market, will keep you prepared and equipped.
The PoolEye Pool Alarm is a battery-operated device that is simple to set up. It quickly installs under the top ledge of steel wall pools, with all hardware provided. You may also tailor your experience with the adjustable sensitivity switch.
The water motion sensor uses subsurface wave detection, which means it won’t detect movement caused by rain or wind, resulting in fewer false alarms. When an object as light as 15 lb is identified, the alarm goes off.
Best Gate Alarm for Pools
If you have a fence surrounding your pool or yard, you’ve already taken a big step in the right direction. However, as children grow older, they are able to open the gates on their own. A YardGard® pool gate alarm delivers a signal whenever the gate is opened, allowing you to better prevent children from wandering into an unsupervised pool area and potentially drowning.
This battery-operated gate safety alarm is a cost-efficient yet effective system that emits a 120-decibel alert if someone opens the gate or door unexpectedly. Unless you activate the one-touch adult bypass, which generates a handy seven-second delay for approved access, the alert will sound automatically and without delay.
The YardGard YG03 gate alarm is a cost-efficient and effective warning device that informs you when someone enters your garden without permission. It’s an effective layer of defense against unaccompanied children wandering into your pool area. YardGard complies with or surpasses all state and local barrier intrusion alarm regulations. For wooden and metal gates and doors, as well as sliding glass windows, mounting hardware is included.
Best Sliding Door Alarm
One great sliding door alarm that detects entry into the pool the patio area is the Techko S187D Safe Pool Alarm. Any home with a pool, but especially those with children or pets, needs a reliable and easy-to-use pool alarm. This device, when combined with a proper pool fence, can help keep your family, friends, and guests safes.
- Meets UL 2017 standards for Child Pool Safety Law
- Includes extra set of sensors and bypass reset button for use on both sliding glass doors and screen doors
- Water and weather resistant
- High Output 110-115 dB, 6-Tone Alarm. “Always On” Alarm Protection
- Low battery LED display
Best Value Pool Alarm Under $100
The new Poolwatch pool alarm system is compatible with both above-ground and in-ground pools, giving you a cost-effective and hassle-free pool security option. The Poolwatch is packed with proprietary features to make your swimming environment safer for your family, guests, and pets. A combination of innovative and sophisticated algorithms and high-tech sensors will detect a young child entering the pool while avoiding false alerts produced by wind, rain, floating debris, or robotic cleaners.
Best Outdoor Motion Sensor
With the Guardline wireless motion sensor is waterproof perimeter alarm system, you can feel safe around your home. It detects heat and motion both during the day and at night, making it a reliable security system. Simple to install and does not require the services of an expensive professional technician. The Guardline motion sensor alarm is ideal for the outdoors. This simple plug-and-play device takes only a few minutes to set up.
Best Value Alarm for Kids & Pets
SpaLabs Pool Alarm – Universal Pool Safety Alarm for Above Ground and Inground Swimming Pools ensures the safety of pets and children. Has a distance range of 200 feet that will sound a loud pulsating siren alert when something enters the pool. A great value alarm for inground and above-ground pools. Simply attach it to the edge of your swimming pool. This is a portable, self-contained, and lightweight motion sensor monitoring system that is ideal for protecting kids and pets.
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Best Portable Alarm System
To help protect your family, Wave Drowning Detecting Systems employ the world’s most advanced drowning detection technology. WAVE is much more than a pool alarm; it employs ultralight wearables to assess whether a swimmer or non-swimmer is at danger of drowning. If Wave DDS detects something, it will promptly tell rescuers so that they may act before circumstances worsen. Every day, Wave protects thousands of swimmers in schools, YMCAs, community centers, Boys & Girls Clubs, and other locations.
Honorable Mention Inground Pool Motion Sensor
The PoolEye pool alarm can be an important part of any pool safety plan. PoolEye provides you and your family piece of mind when it comes to pool safety, thanks to its line of inexpensive, precise alarms. Their underwater wave detection alarms have been rigorously tested, sensing items as light as 15 pounds while avoiding situations that might generate false alarms, such as wind and rain. Emits a loud 85 dB siren to alert rescuers when objects or people enter the swimming pool.
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Honorable Mention Pool Gate Alarm
Poolguard gate alarms can be installed on any pool gate, outside door, or screen. If a child opens the gate, the alarm sounds in 7 seconds, even if they close the gate. Under all conditions, the alarm is always on and always resets itself. The alarm will prevent someone from mistakenly leaving your gate open for children to pass through. The poolguard gate alarm has an adult pass through option, which allows adults to enter the gate without the alarm sounding.
Types of Pool Alarms
The finest pool alarm for a home is determined by local legislation as well as desired safety features and requirements. Pool alarms are often combined to provide a fail-safe safety strategy in many homes. Choose from a variety of pool alarms, including conventional, entry, and gate alarms.
A surface wave detection sensor detects when the water is disturbed in a pool entry alarm, which detects when someone or something enters the pool. Alarms for pool entry float in the water or are attached to the pool’s edge. Floating pool entry alarms are temporary and must be lifted into and out of the pool each time they are utilized.
Some poolside alarms have a sensor arm that extends into the water to detect water movement and are installed on the pool’s edge. They might be either permanent or temporary. Some must be hauled out of the water to disable the alarm, while others include a “swim mode” that pauses the alarm when someone is in the pool.
New smart technology pool alarms use Artificial Intelligence and IOT technology to allow users to create a perimeter around the pool area. These type of alarms incorporate infrared motion detection, and alert when triggered by a person or a pet.
Buying a Pool Alarm
When buying a pool alarm, make sure it can be heard from as far away as feasible. That implies the alarm must be loud enough to be heard even if the pool is a long distance away from the house or facing everyday obstacles like bushes and trees.
That being said, it shouldn’t be so loud that it becomes a nuisance. You should also think about local noise ordinance laws, because you don’t want a pool alarm that is so loud that it disturbs the neighbors and gets you fined.
Installing the best alarm for your swimming pool can go a long way toward ensuring the safety of your family. Because safety is the most important factor, we chose the best products available from well-known manufacturers that specialize in pool safety. We also sought out alarms with a simple design because a pool alarm is only beneficial if it is used on a regular basis. Sensor sensitivity and siren volume were both explored as adjustable features when evaluating which pool alarms were best for the given category we rated them on.
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