Do I need to drain my pool to replace my pool light?

PSC Ep. 63: Do I need to drain my pool to replace my pool light?

In today’s episode of Poolside Chat, Rob and Matt tackle another common swimming pool question: 
  • When I change my pool light, do I have to drain the pool?

Do I need to drain the water to install a new light fixture in my inground pool?

Do I need to drain my pool to replace my pool light?

The cable on the pool light fixture is sealed and there always tends to be water inside that conduit. Even if you do drain, water gets into that conduit. Like I said, the cable is sealed. It runs all the way through the conduit and it terminates above ground into a junction box. Water is not going to get into the electrical cord. That’s why they also recommend don’t splicing. Don’t splice the cord because then you risk water touching inside of the cable. There are times when draining the pool would be necessary.

Like if your pool was on a hill. Let’s say, the pool is on an embankment and the equipment is down below, obviously, all electricity and pipes would be going downhill. If you pop open that Epoxy or unplug the cord stopper, the water’s just going to go swishing down to your equipment and wash everything away. It’d be the hardest draining bathtub you would ever come across, also the most expensive. Outside of that occasion, that’s the only one we could really come up with.

Do I need to drain my pool to replace my pool light?
An example of when to drain your pool

In summation, the rule would normally be: No, you don’t have to drain water except for that rare instance. 98% of the time you don’t have to drain the water, other 2% bring your floaties. If you have any questions or if you have a pool on a hill, leave a question down below in the comments. For any of your pool needs, visit us over at INYOpools.com. Thanks for watching.

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