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How do I change the light in my pool?



Light bulb – remove the screw on the top of the chrome ring around the light.  There will be enough cord wrapped around the light unit to allow you to bring the whole light unit up onto the deck. 
You then disassemble the light (tabs & screws or wire clamp assembly) and change the light bulb. 
We recommend changing the light gasket at the same time to ensure a tight seal.  DO NOT USE LUBE ON THE GASKET! 
Reassemble the light and replace into the niche in the wall and reinstall the screw. 

Complete light – purchase a light unit with enough cord to reach your j-box with extra to allow the unit to be put on the deck for future bulb changes. 
Cut the old light unit off the cord right behind the unit. 
Tie the end of the new cord to the cut end of the old cord. 
Working from the j-box, pull the old cord out.  This will pull the new cord through the brass conduit leading from the light unit to the j-box. 
Disconnect the two cords,
Connect the new cord to the power source and install the new light unit into the niche in the wall.  Better yet, call our service department for an appointment for them to install the light!

How do I change the light in my pool?

Typically pool lights are sealed units.  When a light is not working either there is a bad bulb or the light fixture itself has gone bad.

To change a lamp (bulb) -

  • Disconnect the power to the light by either turning off the breaker and/or disconnecting it from the junction box.
  • Remove the ‘set’ screw from the face ring and lift the light out of the pool placing it in the pool deck (there should be enough cord wrapped around the back of the light fixture in the niche to allow for it to be lifted up onto the deck.)Remove the gasket and lenses to ‘expose’ the bulb. 
  • Unscrew the bad bulb and screw in a new bulb.Visually inspect the lenses and gasket for dry rot, wear, cracks, etc. and replace them as/if needed.
  • Re-assemble the fixture and float it back in the pool.  Make sure that the seal is good and that there is no water getting back into the fixture. 
  • Re-connect the power and test the light. 
  • Assuming that the light works now … Wrap the cord around the back of the light and secure it back into the niche.

If it is determined that the fixture is bad and needs replacement (it’s best to do this with two people)

  • Disconnect the power to the light by turning off the breaker and disconnecting it from the junction box.
  • Remove the ‘set’ screw from the face ring and lift the light out of the pool placing it in the pool deck (there should be enough cord wrapped around the back of the light fixture in the niche to allow for it to be lifted up onto the deck.)  Attach an electrical snake to the end of the light cord at the junction box.  One person pulls the old light and cord out of the pool while another person ‘feeds’ the electrical snake through the conduit. 
  • Continue until the light cord (and attached electrical snake) are all the way out of the pool.
  • Cut the old light cord off of the electrical snake and ‘tie’ the new light cord to the snake. One person pulls the electrical snake back towards the junction box while the other ‘feeds’ the cord through the niche until the light cord emerges at the junction box. 
  • Adjust the length of cord so there is enough left that the light fixture can be taken out onto the deck. 
  • Cut the cord at the junction box so there is enough to make the connections. 
  • Make the necessary connections.
  • Float the light in the pool and test the light by turning the power (breaker) back on. 
  • Assuming the light works now … Wrap the cord around the back of the light and secure it back into the niche.

Note:  Pool light bulbs tend to generate a lot of heat and that is why it is important to float the light in the pool when testing it.  Testing the light ‘dry’ may generate too much heat and cause the bulb to ‘burn out.’