I am new to the pool game and have had my pool finished for just over a month. I am really in need of some way to really light up my yard. My house has a 14' tall slab foundation so the small porch light already present under my patio 14" in the air really doesn't illuminate my pool area at all. Even if I turn on every light in my house the light really doesn't make it down to the pool. I really need to light it up so at night in the winter I can check the filter baskets, skimmer baskets, etc... Plus going down the stairs to the pool can be quite dark at night making it difficult to get down there. I was hoping to mount a flood light to one of my deck posts that will light up the entire pool area and hook it up to a new breaker in my pool equipment sub electrical box plus maybe another less bright light for when we are outside at night and need a little light. I don't need the lights on all the time and would like to turn it on/off with my PDA remote for my pool so I can illuminate the yard without having to go down to where the circuit breakers are. This way I can use my remote from in the house and light up the stairs so I can safely make it down.
I would love to have this wired to a standard switch in the house but that really isn't possible with the way my house is elevated and the lights already present are in masonry so I would need a major remodel to expose the electrical from the house. Right now I have a sub panel by the pool equipment that I could hook all this to. If I use LED lighting it shouldn't be much more current draw that I am already using down there.
I have a PDA-P8 controller and have plenty of free aux connections (I purposely upgraded so I can do this type of thing). I know I'll need a relay as the controller itself can't source the kind of power I need for flood lights. I am very handy with electrical work and have an electrical engineering degree so I am more than capable. I just need some guidance of how to connect things to the controller and it would be helpful if someone has done something like this before.