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    new pool lighting/bubbler questions

    Good Morning,

    We are in the process of getting permit for new construction of and in ground pool and I have a question about lighting. We would like to add 3 Pentair 12v led color pool lights and 2 12v color cascade bubblers. I would like to have them all coordinated together using Pentair intellibrite controller. No other automation at this time. My concern is the additional resistance from the length of wire needed for the bubblers and lights. We will need 150 ft for bother bubblers, 150 ft for 2 pool lights and 100 ft for the third pool light. Will a 300 watt transformer work or do I need 100 watt transformer for each light and bubblers, seeing that the wire length for each one is over 100 ft? How would the electrical diagram look and will the intellibrite controller be able to control 5 separate 100 watt transformers. I believe I read that the intellibrite controller is rated 300 watts max. I called Pentair support they werenít helpful ( could be due to my ignorance ). I also sent these questions via email to Pentair asking for their help and havenít heard from them; its was sent early last week. On their web they attempt to get back with you in 72hrs. So far nothing. Iím not an electrician, as you can see. Iím just looking for a better understanding. I want to make sure we donít run into any problems. My PB has never setup lights like these before; he installs standard pool lights. So heís not much help here.

    Power source(120)---------intellibrite controller(120)--------------------(100watt)transformer(12v) ( possible 5 )-------------lights/bubblers(12v).

    Would I need a junction box between the intellibrite controller and all those step down transformers?


    Power source(120) ----intellbrite controller(120)---------300 watt transformer(12v) ------lights/bubblers(12v).

    Anyone with any insights would be greatly appreciated.
    Maybe Iím making this harder then what it is and the length of wire isn't a concern?

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    techgirl's Avatar
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    Vernon, BC Canada - Pool is in Maricopa AZ (currently a holiday place)

    Re: new pool lighting/bubbler questions

    We have the bubbler lights and regret them - the lights look terrible without the bubblers on, and getting and keeping them synced was a battle.
    Inground 12500 gallon 96 foot perimeter, 24 by 24 pool (6 by 24 of which is a "wet deck" or tanning ledge), intellibrite in spa and pool, 2 pentair LED bubblers in tanning ledge, built in table in pool, spillover spa, pebble radiance, Pentair Mastertemp 400K BTU heater, Blue Square Q360 infloor cleaner, VS2050 pump, auto leveler, Pentair easytouch 4 with wireless controller, Pentair 420 filter, custom natural gas firepit with cobalt glass.

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    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: new pool lighting/bubbler questions

    The IntelliBrite controller is limited to 300 watts maximum. Your combination of lights is within the 300 watt maximum, so you are fine there. Using a single 300 watt transformer is the obvious way to go. Using five 100 watt transformers would exceed the specs on the controller, and cause unnecessary complexity.

    The long cable runs are a minor issue. You will need get the version of the lights with the longer cable pre-installed and setup the transformer to produce 14 volts, instead of 12, to make up for the longer cable runs.
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