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    How hard is it to swap a pool light?

    As the subject says. Im wondering how difficult it is to swap the pool light. I got a hayward led light to put in place of my current light. Can i swap the light without draining the pool? Is it a simple swap or is there a lot involved?

    28,000 gallon IG, Plaster Interior
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    20+ Years old and use TF Test Kit
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    Re: How hard is it to swap a pool light?

    I just changed my first light a couple of months ago - no big deal.

    There are more knowledgeable folks on here than me, but the process is basically:
    1) turn off breakers so no power is running to the lights
    2) unscrew the screw on the light faceplate which holds the assembly to the wall of the pool
    3) there should be enough cord coiled up behind the fixture so that you can pull it up and set it on the deck to work on it
    4) take a good look at the light, especially the clamp and the bolt/nut that tightens it - remember the positioning for when you put it back together
    5) take the clamp off
    6) replace the light
    7) reassemble - some folks say replace the gasket every time you change the light; I didn't this time
    8) put it back in the pool and put in the hold screw
    9) turn the breaker back on

    I think that's it, but someone will chime in if i forgot anything.
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    Re: How hard is it to swap a pool light?

    Cool thanks for the reply. If anyone else has some pointers please chime in.

    28,000 gallon IG, Plaster Interior
    Hayward Sand Filter
    Pentair Inteliflow VS Pump 3HP
    20+ Years old and use TF Test Kit
    *Pool remodel coming 10/01/14 details to be in new thread

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    Re: How hard is it to swap a pool light?

    It sounds as though you are replacing the fixture itself, not just the bulb. In that case, you should follow these instructions:

    http://www.poolandspa.com/page816.htm

    Also, is the new fixture 12 or 120V? If the former, you will need to purchase a transformer to wire up the new one.
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    Re: How hard is it to swap a pool light?

    I've got a spin on how I did mine.

    I had a Pentair SAM light that was bad. I replaced it with an Intellibrite.

    I cut the light off at the pool, right at the back of the light.

    I had a square of Plywood I used as a work surface near the pool. I took a pair of vise grips and clamped the old cable to the plywood to hold it there.

    I then stripped back the insulation about 2' on the old cable and on the new cable. Put Flux on the ends, spread the copper fibers on the old and new cables, and soldered them together with one of those Propane mini torches you get at Home Depot. You need to make pretty good solder connections because you will be pulling pretty good on them. Make the soldered wires close together again and tape with Good Fresh electrical tape a good taped joint that tapers the tape in about 3-4 inches on each side of the solder joint. You want it to slide well and not snag on anything.

    I then had my wife in the pool to feed the cable thru and tell me when to stop. I got on the other end and used a pair of Vise grips to grab the cable and pull. Mine was a pretty stiff hard pull.

    There's enough info here to be able to do the rest ofthe stuff here. Take pix of the connections beforehand with a Camera, if you are as absent minded as I am!

    If you have any further questions, you can PM me a phone number, I'd be happy to answer questions.

    My cable was a 50' pull.
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