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19-09-2023

How Do I Safely Change My Pool Light?

How Do I Safely Change My Pool Light?

Diving into a well-lit pool at night is a luxury many homeowners cherish. But what happens when that pool light goes out? Changing a pool light might seem daunting, but with the right tools and a step-by-step guide, it's a task you can tackle. Dive into this guide to illuminate your pool in just five easy steps, ensuring safety and functionality.

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Table Of Contents

  • Prioritizing Safety When Changing Pool Lights
  • A Step-by-Step Guide to Light Replacement
  • Conclusion

Prioritizing Safety When Changing Pool Lights

Starting a project like changing your pool light requires a keen sense of safety, especially given the lurking danger of electrocution. First and foremost, you need to pinpoint which circuit breaker is responsible for your pool light and ensure it's switched off. This step is crucial because even if someone accidentally flips the light switch or if there's an automated timer in play, the light won't turn on, keeping the area safe for you to work.
But here's a word of caution: if you're unsure about which breaker controls the pool light, it's time to ring up a professional. The stakes are high, as not turning off the power can lead to severe injuries or even fatal accidents. Similarly, if you notice any damage or corrosion on the housing once it's out, it's a sign that the entire unit might be compromised. In such cases, replacing the housing is essential to prevent any potential electrocution threats to swimmers.
To give you a snapshot of the task ahead: you're looking at a timeframe of 20 minutes to 1 hour, depending on your familiarity with the process. The skill level is intermediate, and you might spend around $40. As for the tools and materials, arm yourself with a 6-in-1 screwdriver, a replacement bulb, possibly a wedge kit, a housing gasket, and some paper towels.


Now, let's talk about the pool light housing. It's anchored securely to the pool wall, and when you take it out, it should ideally float, indicating it's sealed and watertight. A majority of these housings are held in place by screws submerged underwater. However, if you have an older model, you might find a plastic wedge that sits between the light housing and the wall opening. If that's the case, remember its position for a smooth reinstallation. And don't forget to check the type of bulb you'll need for the housing. Knowing this in advance reduces the time the housing is exposed to potential hazards like debris, electrocution risks, or the gasket drying out.
Having your own pool is a luxury, especially when you can take a dip anytime, day or night. But lights, like all things, have a lifespan. When your pool light calls it quits, it's often due to a burnt-out bulb or water intrusion. While replacing most pool lights isn't rocket science, some older models can be a tad tricky. But with a dash of patience and the right approach, you'll have your pool light shining bright in no time. 

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A Step-by-Step Guide to Light Replacement

Before you dive into the task of updating your pool light, safety should be your top priority. Start by locating and switching off the circuit breaker connected to the light. You'll typically find this switch on the main panel that also controls other pool gadgets.
Next, focus on the pool light housing. Begin by unscrewing it from its position on the pool wall. A quick test to determine its condition is to see if it floats in the water. If it sinks, it's a clear sign that water has found its way inside, which might be the reason your bulb isn't working. If everything looks intact and the housing floats effortlessly, you're good to proceed. However, if you spot any damage, it's best to replace the entire housing.
Now, place the housing on the pool deck. A word of caution: ensure your hands and all tools are completely dry. You wouldn't want any moisture sneaking into the housing, especially where the bulb is placed. Moisture can cause the bulb to shatter from the heat once it's on. Carefully unscrew the collar that holds the lens in place, revealing the bulb inside. While you're at it, inspect the gasket. If it's showing wear and tear, consider replacing it.


Time for the main event: changing the bulb. Handle the new bulb with a dry paper towel to ensure no oils or residues from your hands get transferred, which could lead to its premature failure.
Lastly, as you put everything back together, make sure the lens aligns perfectly with the housing. Secure everything in place using the collar and your trusty screwdriver. After ensuring a snug fit, add the gasket for that watertight seal. Before permanently fixing the housing back, give it a quick dip in the pool to ensure it floats, indicating it's sealed properly. If all checks out, secure the housing back in its original spot. Voila! Your pool light is now ready to shine bright.

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conclusion

Changing a pool light is a straightforward process but requires meticulous attention to safety. Before starting, it's crucial to turn off the circuit breaker to avoid electrocution. The housing of the pool light should be watertight, and if it's not, it indicates a problem. When replacing the bulb, ensure no moisture or oils touch the new bulb to prevent premature failure. With the right tools, such as a 6-in-1 screwdriver and the necessary materials, anyone can replace a pool light. However, if there are any uncertainties or visible damages to the housing, it's always best to consult a professional. Ensuring the light is functional not only adds to the pool's aesthetics but also ensures safety during nighttime swims.

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