Color Changing Fountain Light Q&A

Whether you’re looking to illuminate your fountain or enhance your water’s natural beauty, lights can be a great addition to your pond or lake! However, with all the new technology and different color changing fountain light packages available in today’s market it’s easy to feel overwhelmed! To make the purchasing process easier we’ve gathered some important information and the most commonly asked question to help you make the best decision possible!

The term RGBW stands for red, green, blue, and white lights; having the color white in that list is crucial because it creates millions of bright and rich color combinations (some of our competitors try to get away with just RGB - it only creates 256 colors). Otterbine’s RGBW color changing fountain lights come in either a 40-watt or 80-watt strength! 40-watt lights are powerful and recommended for our 1-5HP units. Meanwhile, our 80-watt lights were designed to light up the enormous spray patterns our Giant Fountain line.

Here are the most commonly asked questions...

What comes in a set?

That depends on the package you're buying! Below you'll find the specifics for our RGBW lighting options... 

  • Maxi-RGBW - 4 lights, a control box, SD cards for the color sequences, a quick disconnect for the cable, and mounting brackets so you can fasten the lights to your fountain.
  • Midi-RGBW - Available in a 3, 4, 6, or 8 Light Set, handheld remote, 304 Stainless Steel light enclosures, and a Wi-Fi option is available! 
  • Mini-RGBW - Available in a 2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 12, or 16 Light Set, handheld remote, Corrosion Resistant Thermal Plastic light enclosures, and a Wi-Fi option is available. 

How are the lights controlled?

The Maxi-RGBW sequences themselves run off SD cards like the ones used in digital cameras. Each color-changing light set leaves the factory with programmed 8 SD cards and 24 pre-preprogrammed sequences. To change sequences, you simply swap out the cards and adjust the dial housed inside the light control panel. The actual controls for the unit come in a separate subpanel that’s mounted on shore near the fountain controls. If you’d like a single enclosure for both the RGBW light controls and the fountain controls custom panels are available upon request.

The Midi & Mini-RGBW sets run off of a handheld remote. 

What sequences do the color changing fountain lights come with?

Otterbine’s Maxi-RGBW color-changing fountain lights come with 24 pre-programmed sequences! These sequences cover all major holidays from Valentine’s Day to Christmas and Hanukah. We’ve also got solid color sequences for blue, red, green, purple, orange, pink, and white. Check out the full list of sequences here (the color back actually represents white light in our sequence chart)!

The Midi and Mini-RGBW lights come with preprogrammed sequences. The remotes allow users to swap from sequence to sequence, control the speed, vibrancy, and temperature of the colors. Customers have thousands of unique colors to choose from! 

Can I get custom sequences?

Yes - for the Maxi-RGBWs we do! We’re more than happy to design custom sequences for our customers upon request! We’ve designed several sequences highlighting our customers’ school pride and favorite sports teams!

How powerful are these lights?

We’ve put a lot of time and effort into designing the truest and brightest RBGW lights on the market.

The Mini-RGBW lights are perfect for backyard homeowners or customers who use our small aerating fountain unit the - 1/2HP Fractional. 

The Midi-RGBW lights create dramatic displays when paired with our 1-5HP line. 

Our 40-watt lights are recommended for customers looking for a dazzling display on our 1-5HP line and their spray patterns. These can also be used on our Giant Fountains along with their more powerful 80-watt counterpart. 

What if I have multiple fountains? Can they be coordinated together?

For the Maxi-RGBW, customers can run up to eight 4 light sets off one controller or “brain” for lack of a better term. This means you can sequence light sets on multiple fountains as long as they feed into the same controller!

For the Midi and Mini-RGBW light sets, lights just need to be synced to the same zone in order to sequence at the same time. 

How are the lights constructed?

Our Maxi-RGBW light fixtures are made from 316 stainless steel, which is corrosion resistance and virtually indestructible. Our emitters are made in-house to ensure both high efficiency and uniform color mixing.

The Midi-RGBW light fixtures are made from 304 stainless steel and the Mini-RGBWs are constructed from corrosion resistant thermal plastics. 

What life expectancy do the bulbs have?

These bulbs are rated to last over 70,000 hours, so if you run them 12 hours a day they’ll last for 16 years!

Interested in a quote or looking for more information? Drop us a line! The Otterbine team is standing by to answer your questions.

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