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    Pool LIght Burst - while pool was full of water

    We just got a new inground gunite pool. (Yeah!) It's been a stressful process, mostly because of the rain this spring in Texas. (long, painful story) We finally got to swim a week or so ago, and then went out of town this weekend. When we got back, there was glass in our pump basket and glass on the bottom of the pool. I thought that was weird. We had to leave the gate unlocked so our pool company could bring us our pool cleaner (they had "forgotten" to do so earlier.). So I thought maybe a neighborhood kid or adult had decided to use our pool while we were gone and broken a glass or something. I couldn't figure anything else out, but I know that sounds weird. Well I got to thinking, maybe it was the lights. So I went outside and turned on the lights, and yhey didn't come on. So I'm pretty convinced it is a broken light. I don't want to get into the pool to verify or clean up the glass.

    So, what would cause a pool light to break. The water levels were much higher than the light, so that wasn't an issue. Has anyone ever run across this? And how should I ensure that it's fixed correctly by our pool company? I'm trying not to let it stress me out.

    Thanks in advance for you help.

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    Re: Pool LIght Burst - while pool was full of water

    Are your lights LED or incandescent? Even if incandescent bulbs, I wouldn't expect a bulb bursting to be able to break the light housing causing glass to go in your pool. LED... no chance. If the lights were installed properly, they are on a GFCI circuit so even a blown light bulb or broken housing would not present a shock hazard. The glass you'll want to make sure is vacuumed up completely and run the cleaner a few times to make sure it's all picked up.

    When they come to repair it, I would be there to see what happened to cause the problem and how they intend on fixing it.
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    Re: Pool LIght Burst - while pool was full of water

    Incandescent. I'm wondering if the plumbing got mixed up and when we turned on the cleaner, it blew out the light. We had all sorts of problems building the pool.(They poured 3/4 of the gunite and then left it for 2 days, during which time we had a major storm, which wreaked havoc on the pool and all the plumbing and rebar in the areas where they hadn't finished the gunite had to be redone. It took 3 weeks to get them back out there to clean up all the mud and water in the pool.) It wouldn't surprise me. Honestly, I think the pool company is good, they just had to deal with a lot of things that were small mis-managements that got blown up because of the bad weather.

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    Re: Pool LIght Burst - while pool was full of water

    Have you called the PB yet? What did they say? I would throw the breaker the lights are on just to be safe!

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    Re: Pool LIght Burst - while pool was full of water

    I have but they have not called me back. I'll look and see if I can do that. It might have been thrown off already, now that I think about it.

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    Re: Pool LIght Burst - while pool was full of water

    is your glass actually broken on the light??
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    Re: Pool LIght Burst - while pool was full of water

    You would hope it did it when the light blew but............

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    Re: Pool LIght Burst - while pool was full of water

    Quote Originally Posted by kimkats View Post
    You would hope it did it when the light blew but............

    Kim
    I don't see where the OP actually went and looked, he just saw the light was out, but also said he thought the breaker was already flipped. should be easy to see if the actual glass enclosure was shattered, I would just check before you call the PB.

    if not, then I think his neighbors had a good party while he was gone
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    Re: Pool LIght Burst - while pool was full of water

    The glass was actually broken. There is glass at the bottom of the pool and there was some in the pump filter basket.

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