If you have a swimming pool in your yard or on your property, you probably
also have a light installed in it. A light in your swimming pool 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.
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.
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
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 and outstanding products at great prices! Call
us today at (404) 471-3847 to
schedule an appointment.