I have an 18k gallon fiberglass pool that was installed in 1992, we had it re-gelcoated and painted in 2007. The outfit that did this was the outfit that supplied the pool shell. In my opinion, they did a cr@ppy job, as all my fixtures, including the lamp, were 'glassed over. However, this may be the de facto standard and I could have just had too high an expectation...
The problem is, because of the added thickess of gelcoat over the front ring, the bulb housing tang no longer fits into the niche. This caused too much pressure on the retainer screw which broke off the screw tang inside the niche. I can roll up the cord and stick the lamp in there, but my Barracuda cleaner always finds it, dislodges it, and gets tangled in the cord.
The easiest solution would be to grind off the extra 'glass over the niche's outer ring so the tang fits, then use this "light wedge" in lieu of the niche's broken screw tang. My question here is: how does this wedge affect the coils of cable? Mine's pretty tight now and I cannot see how/where this wedge will fit. Over the coils? In front of the coils?
Can the light niche be replaced from the front? I see from the diagram the niche goes in from the front, but not sure how the cabling bung can be reattached to the conduit. Not sure if the screws holding the front frame can even be removed without breaking them off, they've been in there 23 years. I will NOT be jackhammering my deck for this, would rather do without a lamp.
Pool is due for a repaint and I'd like to get this done at the same time.
Oh, and do the 12V LED replacement lamps have a smaller diameter cable? I know they don't require the current that a 500W 120V bulb does...