Illuminate and Elevate

Enhancing backyards with low-energy, high-impact products

Hot tub owners are constantly on the lookout for innovative products that can elevate your hot tub experience without adding to your energy bills. From solar-powered lights to snow-melting mats, these low-energy, high-impact items enhance your backyard oasis.

1. Illuminate your nights with solar-powered lights

According to Kathi Belcourt, director of sales and service at Aqua-Tech Pool, Spa, and Home Renovation in Winnipeg, Manitoba, solar-powered lights are a game-changer. They not only add aesthetic beauty to your hot tub area but also contribute to safety, helping you get in and out of the spa securely. Aqua-Tech offers various Hampton Bay solar lights and trendy solar string lights from Brightech, providing both a modern and traditional touch to your backyard. Belcourt emphasizes the magical effect of lighting.

“When you put up your Christmas tree, if you just add ornaments, it’ll be pretty, but as soon as you add lighting, it’s magical,” she explains. “Your backyard is the same thing. Your yard is lovely when you illuminate it. Once you actually get lights, you can’t go without them.”

Because Belcourt uses solar lights at her home, they’re always on when the sun is down.

“Even if I’m just doing dishes in the kitchen, it brings me joy to look out into the yard and see that warmly lit welcoming space,” she says.

2. LED lighting for special effects

For customers looking to install low-energy lighting upgrades, LED lighting is an excellent choice. LED lights offer special effects such as light shows and changing colors, providing a dynamic atmosphere for your hot tub sessions. John Kenbeek, sales and retail manager at Horizon Pool and Patio in Wellington, Florida, highlights the energy efficiency of LED lighting.

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“Standard incandescent bulbs are good for a few thousand hours,” he says. “The standard LED fixture is rated for 50,000 hours.”

3. Outdoor entertainment with projectors

Why not have a movie night in the hot tub? Aqua-Tech sells the rechargeable ViewSonic Wi-Fi projector with built-in Harman Kardon speakers, allowing you to transform any outdoor living area into an entertaining space. Now you can enjoy your favorite films or shows while relaxing in the soothing waters of your hot tub.

4. Luxury additions: USB-rechargeable towel warmers

For added luxury, consider a USB-rechargeable towel warmer. Aqua-Tech offers the LiveFine brand, bringing energy-efficient luxury to hot tub enthusiasts. Imagine wrapping yourself in a warm towel after a relaxing hot tub session –— it’s the epitome of comfort and indulgence.

5. Snow-melting mats for cold months

Cold, snow-covered months won’t hinder your hot tub enjoyment with HeatTrak heated snow-melting mats. Aqua-Tech provides these mats that can be connected to form a path, offering both convenience and safety. No need to worry about slipping on icy surfaces — these mats keep your path clear and ensure easy access to your hot tub.

6. Infratech patio heaters: extend the spa season

Steepleton, a hot tub and outdoor living store in Kentucky, offers Infratech patio heaters, a must-have for those looking to extend the spa season. President Gunnar Graven recommends these heaters, which cost less than 50 cents an hour to operate. They are not only energy-efficient but also aesthetically pleasing, providing great heat for hot tubs, patios and seating areas. “These are a really great way you can spend more time outside and not be super cold or uncomfortable,” Graven says.

Customize your backyard oasis

Whether you prioritize practicality, luxury or a mix of both, the array of low-energy, high-impact products extends far beyond lighting, allowing you to customize your backyard oasis according to your preferences. Transform your hot tub experience with these innovative additions and create a relaxing, inviting space for endless enjoyment.

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