How to Change a Pool Light

Pool lighting is essential, especially if you enjoying swimming at night while you look up at the magnificent night sky.  It makes the pool look beautiful, improves its visibility and makes it more fun to swim in it. But since the pool bulb is submerged, it can be challenging when you need to replace it after it burns out or for any other reason. However, that doesn’t mean it is difficult, and here we are going to show you just how to change a pool light.

Tools and Supplies

Some of the tools and supplies that you may require for this job include;

  • Replacement pool light bulb
  • Replacement lens gasket
  • Screwdriver set
  • Dry towels

With the above items, you can now proceed to change that pool light by following the steps below.

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Changing Pool Light Without Draining the Water

  • Shut off all the power to the pool lighting- Switch off the pool’s circuit breaker to turn off the electricity to the pool.
  • Remove the single screw at the top of the fixture- Stick your arm into the pool to unscrew or get into the pool if your arm is too short to reach.
  • Pry the light fixture from the niche box using a flat-head screwdriver. When replacing a pool light niche, use the tab at the bottom of most light fixtures to pull it away from the wall.
  • Pull the fixture up onto the pool decking.

Replacing the Light Bulb

  • Remove the cover and lens from the pool light fixture. Make sure you don’t splash water into the fixture when you remove the lens and gasket.
  • Unscrew the old bulb and screw the new one into pacing using a dry towel. The oils on your fingers can damage a halogen bulb when you touch it directly.
  • Test if the light will work by turning the power back on for about 3 seconds and then switch it off. Any longer than this and the bulb could burn out without cool water surrounding it.
  • Replace the lens and re-assemble the fixture.
  • Replace all the screws and lock in all tabs to close the fixture.
  • Place the light fixture back into the light niche and screw back the top screw.
  • Turn the power back on to restore the electricity to the pool light.

When doing a pool light replacement, you would likely have to partly or fully be in the water. This poses a safety risk as you know water and electricity do not mix. Safety should be the top priority and only do this once you are sure the electricity supply to the pool light has been switched off. It is better you hire a pro if you are unsure or uncomfortable doing it on your own.

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