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What Happens if Using Unsuitable Power Supply for 24v Pool Lights?

Supply power is a critical component in pool lighting projects; using the wrong supply power would cause significant damage.

Today, we will show you what will happen if using unsuitable supply power and help you to pick a right power supply for the most common pool light voltage types on the market, including 12V, 24V, 120V and 240V, in 3 steps.

Why Should We Choose Suitable Power Supply for Pool Lights?

The LED Power Supply, also known as the transformer or driver, is one of the most crucial parts of any swimming pool lighting installation .

Using the wrong type of power supply can damage the outdoor pool lights and may also present safety or fire risk.

What Would Happen if Using Unsuitable Power Supply?

1. Wrong Wattage Power Supply

Wattage is just how much power draws, not how much power you put into it.

If the pool led strip lights need 100w, and your supply is only 75w, it will be very dim.

The opposite is not true. A 150w supply will only supply the 100W it needs.

2. Wrong Voltage Power Supply

1-2v more voltage increase will make pool accent lights brighter, but if you put a 36v supply into a 24v strip, it'll burn out in a few seconds.

Even if you have an adjustable supply, and add a few extra volts, you risk burning it up, and having the LEDs fail in a day, or even taking a few years off its life.

How to Pick a Power Supply for My Pool Light?

There are 3 quick steps to pick a suitable power supply for your pool lighting, applicable to both high voltage pool lights and low voltage pool lights .

1. Voltage for Pool Lights

Check the voltage of your pool accent lights : 12V, 24V, 120V or 240V. Note, AC high voltage led strips do not require a power supply.

Unsure about 120v vs 12v pool light to choose? Check: Understanding Pool Lighting Voltage: Is 12V, 24V, 120V, or 240V the Ri – PaneraLux

We use a 24V input pool light in our mock pool project example.

2. Estimated Power Usage

Before calculating the estimated power usage of pool lights, we have to clarify the length of pool lights project and the power consumption of the pool lights:

Length of Pool Lights: 

Confirm the length of your led strip pool lighting .

For example, we will use 2pcs 20m/65.6ft strips for our continued mock pool project.

Power Consumption: 

Look for the power consumption on the product page or ask the light supplier.

We use 4.8w/m(1.46w/ft).


The power consumption of our common led strip outdoor :


Input Voltage

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Items

Power Consumption

Available Length

24V

Colored Lights For Pool | LED Pool Lights | PaneraLux

4.8W/m
1.46W/ft

5m/16.4ft
10m/32.8ft
15m/49.2ft
20m/65.6ft
25m/82ft
30m/98.4ft

PaneraLux LED Pool Lights White and Blue Color

5w/m
1.52w/ft

5m/16.4ft
10m/32.8ft
15m/49.2ft
20m/65.6ft
25m/82ft

Buy Colored Pool Lights Interconnect | PaneraLux

4.8W/m
1.46W/ft

0.5m/1.64ft
1m/3.28ft
3m/9.84ft

Lights for Pool Above Ground | Pool Edge Lighting | PaneraLux

4.8W/m
1.46W/ft

10m/32.8ft
15m/49.2ft
20m/65.6ft
25m/82ft
35m/114.8ft
45m/147.6ft

Buy LED Strip Outdoor | PaneraLux

4.8W/m
1.46W/ft

10m/32.8ft
15m/49.2ft
20m/65.6ft
30m/98.4ft

Buy Multicolor Outdoor Light Strip | PaneraLux

4.8W/m(RGB)+4.32W/m(WW)
1.46W/ft(RGB)+1.32W/ft(WW)

3m/9.84ft
5m/16.4ft
8m/26.25ft

PaneraLux LED Outdoor Light Strip - White Static Color

5.2W/m
1.59W/ft

3m/9.84ft
5m/16.4ft
8m/26.25ft


You can see our clear technical parameters on our each product pages like below:

PaneraLux Colored Pool Lights, pool led strip lights, Technical parameters

3. Calculate the Estimated Power Usage Now

Our mock pool project light length example setup will use 4.8W/m x 2 x 20m = 192 watts (1.46W/ft x 2 x 65.6ft ≈ 192 watts)


Once you confirm the voltage and minimum wattage needed, you can pick your power supply. 

To finalize our example, we need a power unit in 24V that has an output of more than 192W.

Depending on your pool lighting installation, you can choose our 200W power supply.


Pick a suitable power supply for your pool lighting projects, and feel your outdoor landscape with PaneraLux pool and outdoor LED strips, enjoy the moments with your loved ones.


For expert advice and assistance in choosing the perfect LED strip lights for your outdoor space, feel free to reach out to our team. Email or click the icon in the bottom right corner, chat with us and you can get professional advice soon.

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