The light in my spa stopped working. I don't use the lights often, in fact, can't remember the last time I turned them on, probably months. Anyway, again I noticed the spa light out. So, I drained the spa, took out the screw holding the fixture in the niche and struggled with the si screws holding the trim ring on the fixtue. FInally got them all after feat of almost stripping one of them. The gasket was in rough shape but seemed to be working (yes, I replaced it.)
The bulb was definitely gone. There was black char visible inside the bulb obviously from when it saw its last moments. The entire bulb was noticeably darker in appearance.
Went to the local pool store, got a new bulb and gasket then came home and put it all back together. Hrumph. The light still isn't working.
The long cord looks a little rough as well. When I initially pulled the fixtrue out of the niche the cord was neatly wrapped around the fixture but I didn't think anything of it. Even put it back in that way. However now that it still isn't working I am paying closer attention to the cord and it looks almost like the cord/insulation is melted maybe? if you look at the attached picture you can see the curl in the cord and you can see a darker area after the first curl, then again later. This is the side that was against the fixture and is like that the whole way down.
Is it normal for the cord to be wrapped around the fixture or does it depend on the manufacturer, so my light maybe wasn't getting enough cooling? I attached a photo as a file, hopefully it can be viewed. Inside where the socket is looked OK but I was initially assuming it was a dead bulb.
Was was going to whip out the old volt meter and test for electricity in the socket but it started to rain so I figure better to wait for another day. The bulb looks good but I have not yet tested in in a regular lamp, nor have I tested another random, known good bulb in the fixture as well so I can't answer those questions just yet. The main pool light works fine.
Other than the bulb tests I mention above, assuming the bulb is good, any suggestions/guidance?