I just got the new 2008 NEC and I was reading under sec. 680.23.(A)(6). This section now allows pool lights in the bottom of the pool. OK fair enough, but when you read section 680.23(B)(6)Servicing, you have to be able to maintain the light without entering the water and have a cord long enough to reach the pools edge. Am I missing something here? Pool lights in the bottom could be really deep. Some pools go 10-15 feet deep and how would you be able to get that light without entering the water?
I have a pool job going on right now, that had me wondering the same exact thing. That pool has no deck except at the shallow side, the rest is up against the house and a retaining wall. Stuck the light into the shallow end side, with much protest and feather puffing by the homeowner. I could care less about looks, just design and code.