Is Your Pool Light Not Working?
If you have a swimming pool in your yard or on your property, you probably
also have a light installed in it.
Swimming pool lighting can add a great amount of beauty to your pool, along with the ability
to utilize and enjoy it safely, 24 hours a day. However, after a while
you may notice that your light is flickering or seems like it’s
about to go out. While you may think the time has come to drain your pool
and change out the bulb, which can be an extremely tedious and expensive
process, you may be surprised when you learn that you might just need
to fix a different factor in your electrical system. The trick is doing
some troubleshooting to figure out the problem before taking the water
out of your pool.
Easy Pool Light Troubleshooting
The first thing you should do is strap on your swim goggles and head underwater to check the light for
yourself. Try to see if you can shake the ring that holds the light fixture
into the pool itself. If it moves easily when you touch it or move water
past it, try diving back down with a larger phillips-head screwdriver
to tighten it up.
If that doesn’t work, try checking your light fixture to see if you can spot any water in it.
If there’s water in the fixture itself, then you might have a leak.
This usually stems from a bad lens gasket, which is a rubber seal between
the lens and the housing. However, this could also be the conduit seal
wearing out over time. Unfortunately, fixing either of these issues will
require draining the pool.
Finally, if you repair the fixture and the light hasn’t turned on, then
your bulb may be burned out. Take the bulb out of the fixture and shake
it near your ear. If you hear the filament running into the sides of the
bulb, then your bulb is dead and needs replaced.
If replacing your bulb doesn’t work and you’ve made sure all
your seals are in good working condition, you may have tripped the circuit
breaker. Generally this happens when you plug in or turn on a new appliance
from a socket that’s on the same circuit as your pool light. Check
the circuit breaker panel that’s usually found on the side of your
house. If the breaker that your pool light is on has been tripped, unplug
whatever you just turned on or plugged in and then reset the breaker by
turning it all the way off and then back on again.
If that doesn’t work, you may have a bad breaker. If that’s
the case, it’s highly advised you call a Marietta
electrician to replace it.
Finally, there’s one more potential option: you tripped your ground
fault circuit interrupter. Better known as the GFCI, this is a device
used to lower danger on installations that have a higher-than-usual risk
of electric shock. They’re usually found on sockets in bathrooms
and kitchens, and you’ll usually find them outdoors too. If you
have any GFCI outlets on your pool light circuit, try resetting them.
If that doesn’t work, you may need to replace it.
If you need help with an electrical issue, Lightning Bug Electric can provide
you with quality service! Call us today at (404) 471-3847 to
schedule an appointment.