Bring Some Flair to Your Pool This Summer: A Guide to Installing Underwater Swimming Pool Lights
Installing your own underwater swimming pool lights can be an easy and exciting project. With the right type of light and a little electrical know-how, you can have your pool lit up in a single afternoon. This guide will provide you with the easy steps it takes to install and enjoy underwater lights in your pool.
When you’re gathering your supplies, consider the time and effort it will take for your desired product. Parts for replacement and battery types should be researched ahead of time. Draining and drilling your pool is not necessary with use of a suction-mounted light. This type of light often requires no additional electrical work. Additionally, if you’re looking to save on time, a battery operated light may be a better option. Batteries will have to be replaced over time, and the life of your light will be shortened with this type. Cords provide a longer life and better intensity of light, so if your pool has a hard wall, corded lights are the way to go. Before mounting the light, check all seals for water-tightness, and submerge the light into shallow water to watch for any bubbles.
If you’re looking to set up a corded light, you’ll need to set up a power source. If there is a GFCI outlet close enough to your pool to reach the light cord, you can mount the light transformer and plug in. However, if there is no outlet nearby, you’ll need to install a waterproof junction box on an existing power line. Shut off the power at the circuit breaker and locate the power line to the pool pump or filter. Then, remove the sheath to expose the wire and install the junction box according to the manufacturer’s specifications. According to the type of pool wall you have, you can mount the junction box either on the wall, pump, or filter mount. Once you tie in your light, check all the fittings to make sure they are water-tight, adding a switch if desired.
Test your light to make sure it works properly before mounting it to the pool wall. For hard walls, remove the edging and run the cord over the pool edge before replacing the edging. For soft walls, make sure to anchor the cord to the railing according to the manufacturer’s instructions.
By following these simple steps, you can install your own underwater swimming pool lights and begin enjoying your pool at night. Gather your supplies, check all necessary seals, set up a power source, and mount the light according to manufacturer instructions to avoid having to drain your pool or drill holes. With your new lights in place, you’ll be able to extend your pool days through the night.