Hello, it is it your pool pals Matt and Rob, and today we are proud to introduce Inyo’s new web series called Poolside Repair. This is where we get out of the studio and meet up with real pool owners to troubleshoot, repair or install anything pool related.
- Cut the power cable at the light fixture end.
- Tie old light cable to new cable, pull through the conduit.
- Wire the new light to the power source.
But as you know with anything involving pools, it is never that easy. Let’s hop into action with the video, and below we have steps so you can follow along with each step.
Step 1 – Pick the Right Replacement Light
You have made the decision to replace your plain white pool white with a color changing LED; the next thing is figuring out which LED will fit your light’s niche and cord length.
Most incandescent pool lights are a standard size, around 10.12 inches in diameter; for which a LED light fixture like the Pentair Intellibrite, Hayward Colorlogic, and Pureline PureColors are drop-in replacements. If you do not have the original light to measure or just, want to double check you are getting the right light don’t hesitate to call us.
You will also need to measure the length of electrical needed for the installation. To ensure make sure you do not come up short when installing the new light measure the following:
- measure the distance from the pool light niche to the power source,
- the rise from the pool light to the power source,
- tack on five to eight feet so you can pull the light on deck for maintenance later.
In our installation, we are replacing a Pentair Amerilite with an exact drop-in replacement the Pureline PureColors
Step 2 – Turn off Power, Cut Cable to Old Fixture
To make your light circuit safe before removing the old light, shut off your light’s breaker. oOnce this is done, you can remove the light from the niche and snip the power cable just behind the light fixture.
Step 3 – Prepare the Niche, Conduit for New Cable Installation
To pull the cable through the conduit, we must remove the watertight seal attaching it to the niche. The most common ways of sealing the niche are epoxy and rubber cord stoppers.
For this installation, the original cable was epoxied in. Remove the epoxy with a needle nosed plier and a flathead screwdriver. For time’s sake, we hope your light has a rubber cord stopper as they are much each to remove and can be re-used. When we install the new LED, we are using a cord stopper.
Step 4 – Tie, Tape, or Bond the New and Old Cables Together
By taping the new cable to the old cable before we pull it out, we complete two steps at once. We remove the old cable while also reinstalling the new light cable. Make sure to use heavy duty duct tape when you intertwine and tape the two cables together.
Step 5 – Pull the Old Cable Through
Get a good grip, and start pulling the old cable through the conduit. We were experiencing a stubborn cable, so we used a spray on silicon lube to make for easy sledding.
In our installation, the cables came loose, so we used a fish tape to pull the new cable. Before cutting the cable be certain you have five to eight feet of cable on the fixture end, so you can pull the light on deck for maintenance in the future.
Step 6 – Install Light Into Niche
Screw in the lock screw to secure the light into the niche.
Step 7 – Wiring a LED Pool Light
The wiring of LED lights should be similar if not the same as your original light, but to be safe, follow the wiring instructions provided in the owner’s manual.
Step 8 – Enjoy Your New Light
Thanks for joining us on our first Poolside Repair; stay tuned for next time when we install a DE filter.