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    Pool light switcheroo

    I'm probably overcomplicating things, so do tell me if I should scrap this plan.

    My parents' pool light went out. They are thinking of selling their house at some point, so they want to minimize their cash outlay.

    My pool light works. It's one of the "regular" ones just like they had. Not sure when it was installed, how long it was used before we bought the house, or what the remaining life is on the bulb.


    Can I replace my light with an LED light and then place my old light into their pool? Other than the unknown remaining life, are there any cons that would be a deal breaker?

    Thoughts/feedback would be appreciated.

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    Re: Pool light switcheroo

    I believe you have to replace the housing and everything if you're going from a regular light to an LED one.
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    Re: Pool light switcheroo

    Prav,
    None of the standard bulbs are that expensive, so I'm not sure it really would be worth the effort to pull the ole' switcheroo. If your bulb fits into their housing you could certainly do it! Are you thinking of getting one of the LED bulbs that fit into a standard light housing, or replacing the fixture entirely as MonkeyAle mentioned?
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    Re: Pool light switcheroo

    If I could put LED bulb into standard housing, I would. Otherwise, I'd probably just keep mine.
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    Re: Pool light switcheroo

    LED bulbs are available for most of the common housings. Often the best place to look is on eBay.
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    Re: Pool light switcheroo

    IMHO, LED bulbs lead to disappointment. The don't emit enough lumens when compared to a 300 or 500 watt bulb.

    Moving your fixture might be possible if your deck box is further away than your folks.

    When changing a bulb, I ALWAYS change the lens gasket. Some have done without successfully but its not always the case. Enough so that I don't want to risk getting water in from a leaky gasket. It's not worth the $20 to risk the $400 fixture.

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