Why Pool Light Bulbs Are Difficult To Replace

27 November 2018
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When there is something wrong with your swimming pool, you can likely find a contractor who is able to perform the necessary repairs. However, if there is something wrong with your swimming pool light, you might actually have a difficult time finding someone who will be able to replace it. One option is to try to replace the light bulb yourself.

Why Some Contractors Don't Replace Light Bulbs

Replacing a light bulb in a swimming pool can often be very challenging. There are a large percentage of light bulbs that will have water leaking into the fixture after the bulb has been replaced. Once the water has entered the pool fixture housing, the entire assembly should be replaced for safety purposes. 

Safety Precautions

Replacing a light bulb in a swimming pool can be risky because this task can lead to electrical shocks. For this reason, it's important to take the necessary precautions that are common when working with water and electricity. Only use electrical equipment through a safety switch. If the equipment is not meant to be operated in water, do not allow it to slide into the pool. Keep any cords or electrical appliances out of the water.

Finding the Right Light Bulb

Make sure to purchase the right light bulb and lens gasket for your fixture. The last thing you want is to start to replace the light bulb only to find that you don't have the right replacement bulb. If you do not know what type of light bulb you need, remove the light bulb and check the sticker on the back of the light housing. There, you will find the manufacturer name, model number, wattage, and voltage. 

In some cases, you might not find the sticker or it might be too faded to read. Inspect the face ring. Sometimes, the part number can be molded into the face ring, which can allow you to identify the type of light bulb you'll need.

Shutting Off Power

Before replacing the light bulb, make sure to use a circuit breaker to shut off all electricity to the area surrounding the pool. Then, you can begin the process of replacing the old light bulb with a new one. 

While it might be difficult to find a pool repair contractor to replace the light bulb, there are some that will do the job. Fortunately, the LED lights that are used as pool lights can last 2,000 hours.