How to Replace a Pool Light
As with any other type of light, the light in your pool will eventually burn out and require replacement. Fortunately, you don’t need to reduce the amount of water in your pool to gain access to the light to change it. It is much easier to remove the housing from the light on the side of your pool. Once you have done that, you can pull the light fixture towards you from the pool’s side and proceed to change the bulb.
How to Remove the Fixture Surrounding Your Pool Light
The first thing you need to do is locate the circuit breaker in your home and turn off all lights to the pool. If you don’t notice a set of lights for your pool on your home’s main circuit breaker, it may have its own. You will need to look around the entire pool area to locate it. Be sure to double check that the power is off to avoid the risk of electrocution.
Next, locate the screw at the top of the housing fixture and remove it. The screw will most likely be a Phillips head and require removal with a Phillips screwdriver. You will need to place your hands in the water to remove the screw. You may need to physically get into the pool if the light fixture is placed very low. Set the screwlock aside after you have removed it.
Then, use the flat-head screwdriver to pull the light fixture out of the box. Look for a tab on the bottom of the fixture that enables you to pull it away from the wall. You should be able to work it loose easily with the screwdriver. When the fixture is loose enough, you should be able to pull it out with your fingers.
Now, you want to place the pool lighting fixture on the deck of your pool. There should be adequate cord still coiled up in the niche box to allow you to do this easily. Bring the cord up onto the pool deck as well. You will need to give it a few sharp pulls if it doesn’t start to unravel on its own.
Replacing the Pool Light Bulb
You should now be able to take the cover off your pool light and put in a new bulb. However, you need to be careful not to splash any water into the light fixture when you take off the gasket and lens or you run the risk of electrical shock. The bulb that you use for replacement should be identical to the one that burned out. That means it should be the same brand, size, and serial number. You should be able to find this information in the handbook that came with your pool.
Once you’ve replaced the bulb, you can return the fixture to its place in your pool. For help with how to replace a pool light, check out our Light Doctor products.
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