California Umbrellas (Jurupa Valley, CA) offers the Pagoda Series of umbrellas for residential and commercial use. Designed to recall elements of a retro, Mid-Century Modern look, the umbrellas feature an eight-and-a-half-foot canopy supported by 12 steel-wire ribs, an inch-and-a-half diameter pole and grade A fabric available in dozens of colors. For details, click here.
S.R. Smith (Canby, OR) has introduced poolLux Plus2, a lighting controller that manages up to two zones with independent or synchronized operation. It comes in a corrosion-resistant polycarbonate housing – ideal for pool environments – and features a wireless remote control and, when used with the company’s lights, a one-touch color sync. For details, click here.
Pentair Aquatic Systems (Sanford, NC) manufactures MicroBrite LED lights in color and white versions. Made to illuminate the smallest of spaces, the easy-to-install fixtures can be placed in any standard wall fitting and can be installed horizontally or vertically in as little as four inches of water, making them suitable for steps, sun shelves and shallow water. For details, click here.
Zodiac Pool Systems (Vista, CA) now offers nicheless LED lights featuring HydroCool technology through its Jandy Pro Series. The energy-efficient, water-cooled units are designed to fit in standard 1-1/2-inch return fittings, operate at lower wattages with high light outputs and have diffuser lenses to delivers consistent color with fewer hot spots. For details, click here.
Paloform (Brampton, Ontario, Canada) manufactures Bol fire pits made from Cor-Ten steel as a dramatic centerpiece for any outdoor space. The wide, shallow, heavy-gauge vessels have 42-inch diameters and may be used with natural gas or propane burners in either manual or automatic versions – or with a steel grate insert for wood-burning fires. For details, click here.
Grand Effects (Rancho Santa Margarita, CA) manufactures fire-and-water columns that operate automatically and are compatible with pool/spa controllers. Fabricated in black concrete to resemble basalt, the easy-to-install columns come in three heights – 20, 28 and 30 inches – and can be used individually or as combined multi-tiered compositions. For details, click here.
Waterfall Creations (Orlando, FL) manufactures Countertops, stand-alone four-piece structures made for use as poolside bars. Made with a fiber-reinforced concrete mix, the 72-inch wide, 32-inch deep and 32-inch tall units are available with optional 24-inch-wide waterfall effects (with LED lighting included) or 48-inch-long fire features. For details, click here and scroll down.
Ledge Lounger (Houston, TX) offers the Signature line of in-pool chaises. Designed to provide contoured, comfortable places to relax on shallow lounging areas up to nine inches deep, the product comes in 11 colors and is made from durable, color-stabilized, chemical- and weather-resistant material. An optional headrest/pillow is also available. For details, click here.
Featherock (Chatsworth, CA) provides Fire Pit Rock made of pumice. Available in large (800-pound) and small (150-pound) sacks or in bulk, the lightweight material is safe at high temperatures, will not crack or explode and comes in charcoal-colored pieces in either a three-to-six inch ‘Firepit’ form or a more uniform, hand-sorted four-inch ‘Fist’ form. For details, click here.
Spark Modern Fires (Bethel, CT) has launched a line of Fire Windows that offer two-sided views of a ribbon of fire. The units are designed for indoor, outdoor or indoor/outdoor installations, operate at 95 percent efficiencies and are available in three-, four-, five- and six-foot lengths. They also feature stainless steel construction and install quickly and easily. For details, click here.
QCP (Norco, CA) manufactures Slab, a precast-concrete fire feature available in a variety of colors and finishes. With a choice of natural gas or propane and a heat output of up to 90,000 Btus, the units comes in six-, eight- or ten-foot lengths and offer battery-powered pushbutton starters, manual flame-height adjustments and rolled-lava rock infill. For details, click here.
D&D Technologies (Huntington Beach, CA) manufactures TruClose Regular – Standard, a self-closing hinge designed for use with gates weighing up to 66 pounds. The unit allows for fast, easy installation with tension adjustments on either end and is designed with aesthetics in mind: no visible fasteners, optional decorative trim covers and stylish looks. For details, click here.
CMP (Newnan, GA) has introduced the Brilliant Wonders LED Lighting Control, the first such unit with an interactive, digital LCD screen. Designed to control lights, create schedules and set up custom shows with ease, the unit may be installed indoors or out in place of a standard light switch and is compatible with most LED pool lights. For details, click here.