Pool lights are both a safety feature and an aesthetic feature. A lovely light glowing from the pool in the dusk of a summer evening adds to a relaxing end to a summer day. However, the same light with random flickering or dimness can make the same pool area spooky.
Pool light repair and replacement is a necessary part of pool ownership. Happily, today’s light fixtures and bulbs are built to last. Some bulbs are designed to last for 20 or more years, while the fixtures, with proper maintenance, can last just as long.
Repairing or replacing a pool light doesn’t have to be difficult. You shouldn’t have to drain your pool to replace a light bulb or repair a fixture.
As easy as it sounds, there are some serious dangers involved anytime you are working around electricity and water. If you are the least bit hesitant, please call a certified professional at Tropic Island Pools to work on your pool lights.
Halogen pool lights are losing popularity to LED pool lights. Let’s do a quick comparison.
Halogen Pool Lights
Pros: affordable, bright white light
Cons: burn hot to the touch, higher energy costs, 3-5 thousand hour life
LED Pool Lights
Pros: long life (30-50 thousand hours), multiple color options—including changing colors, lower energy costs
Cons: more expensive than Halogen, not as bright as halogen
As with any work with an electric appliance or device, the first step is always to turn off the power to the area—at the breaker box. Turn off the breaker, then double check be flipping the switch to the lights.
Next, remove the single screw at the top of the fixture. This is probably a Philips head screw. You may not even have to get into the pool to do this.
Once the screw is out, you’ll need to pry the fixture out of the niche. A flat-head screwdriver is the best tool for this step but be sure not to damage the fixture or the niche.
Pull the fixture up to the deck of the pool.
Begin your repair. If you are changing the light bulb, be sure to use the same model bulb as the one you are replacing. Also be sure to replace the gaskets on the fixture to avoid allowing water into the fixture.