Pools use wiring for many of its features such as the lighting, heating if installed, and the filter system. The pool lighting is the most common problem that electricians get called out for. There are a number of problems that could occur with a pools lighting system and Burley Electrical Services will help troubleshoot common pool lighting failures to better help you diagnose the electrical problem.
There are two problems that occur with the light fixture inside the pool that you may want to check first. One is the outer ring or cover of the light. This is typically held in place by two screws called a lockscrew. Occasionally these screws may become loose and water may leak in the inside and cause the light to short out. Simply fix this problem by tightening the screws as they become loose. Another problem that occurs with older light fixtures is the rubber ring that seals the fixture and keeps water out. This ring will decay over time. When this happens, it will allow water inside the fixture and again cause the lights to short out. You may need to replace these rubber rings as they begin to show signs of decay.
Pool Light Bulb & Fixture Replacement
If the lights don’t seem to be working, your first and easiest step is to change the light bulbs. At the same time you will be able to check the light fixture for the loose lockscrew or bad rubber sealing ring. An easy way to tell if a light bulb is bad is to do the shake test. Shake the bulb close to your ear. If you hear the sound of small metal ringing inside the bulb, it did in fact burn out. After you have replaced the broken bulbs and it seem to burn out right away or in a short span of time, it might be due to a circuit issue.
Pool Light Breaker Tripping
Your next step to troubleshoot your pools lighting system will be to trip the breaker. Before you try tripping the breaker to restore the lights of the pool, unplug any appliance or other electronics from the same breaker line that the pool light may be using to prevent an overload. Often if the breaker has tripped on its own, it will be in a neutral position or in the middle of the off or on side. Push the breaker to the off position then back to the on and see if the lights have been restored. If the lights don’t turn on, your next step is to check and see if the breaker has blow out and needs replacing. Replacing a breaker isn’t hard, but you will need to test it first. If you don’t already have one, get a multimeter with two leads that are red and black. If the multimeter shows no power coming from the breaker it will need to be replaced.
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When troubleshooting your pool lighting system, try to check these three items first. It is simple and not dangerous. Nevertheless, you must always use caution when dealing with any type of electrical system. If your lights still don’t work it is time to call an electrician. Burley Electrical Services can help with pool and spa wiring and electrical systems. Contact us to schedule your electrical repair today.