Who has pond lighting? What type?

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    I've just ordered a set of three 12 LED waterproof pond lights with a photocell to come on at night.
    I don't know how bright they will be or where I will place them yet.
    I was thinking about under the water surface, but I don't want to stress the fish at night.
    I could also place them near the plants and waterfall.
    I'm curious to see what others have done.
    Thanks
     
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    I am using these from Volt Lighting......kinda pricey but very heavy duty. Have mine on a timer so they are only on three hours a night, doesn't seem to bother the fish
     
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    That application looks great.
    The set I ordered was $30....So I'm expecting scetchy quality.
     
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    I bought this one for my little pond a few months ago...
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    but, have already removed it. I didn't like the stark white led light, and didn't think it did much to enhance the pond at night. It kind of reminded me of the scene in a TV show when a car runs off the road into a body of water, sinks, but you can still see the headlight under the water! :cautious:
     
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    I saw that on Ebay for $13.
    For that, it was well worth the price,huh?
    That style is identical to the trio that I've just ordered. They have colored lenses. I might just keep them clear.
    And mine are low voltage A/C with a transformer.
     
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    I think I bought it on Amazon. I wound up putting it at the base of my flagpole to put some light on the flag at night...so, it isn't a total loss.
     
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    The light output is good? How long does it stay lit at night?
     
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    The light output is pretty strong for it's size. Not too sure how long it stays strong. I go to bed early, but I get up early, too. I have still seen a bit of a glow at 3:00am in the morning, but not enough really to light anything at that point. A lot also depends on how strong the sun is on any particular day in charging the battery for the night.
     
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    I use down lights it shows the water clear .Hubby had eye surgery and can't look down at lights shining up at his eyes .I think the lights shining down around the pond give me a view of everything around the pond besides in it .Plus don't have to worry about them leaking and causing an electrical shock to the fish
     
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    Ugh. My underwater lights were really expensive and didn't even last through the first year. The mistake we made was not putting them deep enough - they froze and cracked. A simple reminder to do that in the instructions would have made a WORLD of difference. They're Aquascape lights. The ones we installed outside the pond and in the waterfall are still working great, but not so much underwater.
     
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    I'm thinking about playing with side glow fiber optics, with the light sources outside the pond. They could look really neat in the waterfall. But... it's winter and all will soon be frozen, so I suppose I can't try until spring thaw.
     
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    As with any area of life, you get what you pay for.

    The solar powered lights rely on daylight to charge the batteries. I have tried them (and I work in the lighting industry).

    They work OK if there's a lot of strong sunshine on a summer's day. I have seen them last all night in midsummer. In winter with short days and lots of cloud cover, they barely gain enough charge to light dimly for an hour.
     
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    4 simple lights.. turn on for two hours at sunset. Nothing special.
     
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    I bought those metal brooder type holders and just put in LED bulbs .Th fixtures at the flea market were 2 dollars .Plus it helps me see the pond on my security cameras .
     
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    Freezing won't be an issue.
    But then neither is lack of sunlight.
     
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    I guess the same thing it all depends on where you live how things last .I have had plastic crack here because it gets to cold .I make the excuse that it is recycled plastic and that is why it is not as strong .We can pay big bucks for something and never means it will lat these days .I have bought 2 sets of goodyear tires for hubbies explorer since I have been here (2004 )and they have dry rotted .
     
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    Tires can be funny. As well as surprising. Especially when you check the "made on" date codes on tires on sale and see that they are already years old. But new.
    Or see that when you read the tiny print on the sidewall of a tire that sounds like a domestic brand was actually made in a third world country.
    Unfortunately, expensive doesn't equal true quality as you already know.
    I work on a fleet of "domestic" vehicles. Funny that whenever I order factory replacement parts from Mopar, Ford or G.M I end up with parts from Canada, China, Mexico etc.
    That said...I bought these imported lights because I'm a cheapskate and if I don't like them I'm not out much money.;)
     
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    I did check it before they were installed and the date was 2 months before install .I know about tires from working at ford .Trying to buy American made is getting harder and harder these days .Nights at my pond on the security camera monitor 101_2246.JPG 101_2245.JPG
     
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    What creatures have you seen lurking out there?
     
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    They look like great quality.
    Brass and glass?
    Who still does that?
    Nice.
     
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