Re: Pebble Tec Upgrade color
Pebble products have a couple of different levels of pricing. Our Ocean Blue PebbleSheen was more expensive than other colors at other levels. The newer colors seem to be at the higher price levels probably because they are new and, consumers that we are, we all want the newest thing!
Ocean Blue is the Pebble Sheen equivalent to Midnight Blue Pebble Tec. As Simmons99 suggested, the darker finish color does affect the effect of colored lights. All colors in my SAm lights are more muted, with the clear light being the brightest, the red light being the least illuminating and the blue and green being somewhere in between. I'm still very happy with the lights and would not go back and change to just plain lights, even if I could.
The comment about not seeing kids and critters is also valid under certain light conditions. My pool is in direct, mostly overhead sun throughout the summer. Until the shadows fall, I can clearly see the markings on the Phillips head screws in my drain covers which are under 6' of water. Once shadows begin to fall and now that the sun's rays are at an angle in fall, the pool does have some darker corners. But even in those corners, the pool is still crystal clear and I can make out the pebbles on the bottom. Viewed from a distance in certain light conditions, a darker finish pool can look almost black, in contrast to how a bright blue pool might appear.
If you like the darker colors, try to see darker pools in person. I absolutely love the color of my pool and wouldn't change it for anything! But, that's why there are so many colors to choose from - we all have our preferences and our concerns.
15,600 gallon, screened 15x30 IG plaster sport pool with 6x8 tanning area, Aquarite SWCG, Hayward cartridge filter, Polaris 280 cleaner