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Pool Wiring #24666
04/17/03 11:11 PM
04/17/03 11:11 PM
aldav53  Offline OP
Joined: Aug 2001
Posts: 545
Chandler, AZ USA
The light inside a new pool is low voltage, correct? I worked on an older pool today that was 120v but GFI protected. Is there anything hard about changing the bulb? Can it be done without draining the water down?
Done most everything electrical.. except pools.

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Re: Pool Wiring #24667
04/18/03 12:15 AM
04/18/03 12:15 AM
caselec  Offline
Joined: Apr 2002
Posts: 558
San Jose, CA
About 30 years ago low voltage swimming pool lights were pretty standard but at least in my area all swimming pools now have 120 volt lights.

There should be a retaining screw that holds the light into the forming shell. After the screw is removed there should be enough cord coiled up behind the light to allow you bring it up to the pool deck.


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Re: Pool Wiring #24668
04/18/03 01:32 AM
04/18/03 01:32 AM
Bill Addiss  Offline
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2 pieces of advice here.

Don't turn the light on while it is out of the water to test the new Bulb, It will burn out very quickly (water usually cools it)

Replace the Gasket if you can. These light housings often leak after they are opened up and it only takes a very small amount of water getting inside to trip the GFCI. Literally a drop or drops. Ask the people at the pool supply place where you buy the Bulb the best way to open and reseal the unit.

BTW, I've had problems where these housings leaked within a day or days and had to come back again. Now, I wouldn't try to replace a bulb anymore. I'd buy a new fixture that's factory sealed with the Bulb inside. No callbacks that way.

99% of the lights I've seen have been 120v with 300w or 500w Bulbs inside. I haven't seen a low-voltage fixture in many years.


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Re: Pool Wiring #24669
04/18/03 05:58 AM
04/18/03 05:58 AM
Electricmanscott  Offline
Joined: Jan 2002
Posts: 1,457
Holden, MA USA
Don't forget the snorkle!

Re: Pool Wiring #24670
04/18/03 09:23 AM
04/18/03 09:23 AM
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