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    help me repair / replace pool lights

    When I filled up my pool the first time, the two lights (one in pool, one in spa) worked fine. As water infiltrated the enclosure, they tripped the breaker. I could see a couple inches of water sitting in the lens. I pulled the light out of the niche and onto the deck. Removed the screws and rubber gasket, and poured out the water. Found a halogen bulb - not sure how to tell if the bulb is damaged?

    Here are the #'s I pulled off the hardware:

    American Products series 7885xx, 500W, 120V, R40 bulb

    So should I upgrade to more modern technology or just replace in-kind?

    I see LED lights instead of halogen reflectors, and low-voltage instead of line voltage. Are the LED light really expensive or am I not shopping right? I would like to avoid changing the electrical system if possible.

    I know I need new rubber gaskets - where to order them? And I guess I'll test the bulbs in another (dry) fixture before I replace them?
    25K gal IG plaster pool w/ spillover jacuzzi, 12 Gulf Solar coils (leaking/currently bypassed), ancient Raypak propane heater (rusted/currently bypassed), Pentair 001018 VS pump, 4.9 sq ft Triton II sand filter, Taylor K-2006 FAS-DPD kit

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    Re: help me repair / replace pool lights

    is this what I need?
    http://www.lesliespool.com/Home/Pool-Li ... 64500.html

    http://www.lesliespool.com/Home/Pool-Li ... 54062.html

    can I test the existing bulb in a regular household light fixture for a few seconds, just to see if it still works?
    25K gal IG plaster pool w/ spillover jacuzzi, 12 Gulf Solar coils (leaking/currently bypassed), ancient Raypak propane heater (rusted/currently bypassed), Pentair 001018 VS pump, 4.9 sq ft Triton II sand filter, Taylor K-2006 FAS-DPD kit

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    Re: help me repair / replace pool lights

    so I got the replacement gaskets from Leslies and installed them after work today

    The pool light works fine. The spa light still strips the GFI breaker when I turn it on. I have deduced that the lights are in parallel off the GFI, with separate junction boxes, but if either one trips the GFI, the whole circuit gets killed

    I don't see any water in the spa light housing. I know the bulb is good. What else can I test
    25K gal IG plaster pool w/ spillover jacuzzi, 12 Gulf Solar coils (leaking/currently bypassed), ancient Raypak propane heater (rusted/currently bypassed), Pentair 001018 VS pump, 4.9 sq ft Triton II sand filter, Taylor K-2006 FAS-DPD kit

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    Re: help me repair / replace pool lights

    I swapped in a known good GFI and still have the same problem

    could having two lights on a single GFI circuit cause this problem?

    I think it's wired like this:

    Main 15 A breaker_____GFI________2 light switches = 2 junction boxes = 2 lights

    as I said, the pool light works, but the spa light circuit trips the GFI, even with no load (wires disconnected at junction box)

    if the GFI is comparing hot to neutral, how does it deal with the 2 parallel circuits?

    the spa light trips the GFI whether the pool light is powered or off
    25K gal IG plaster pool w/ spillover jacuzzi, 12 Gulf Solar coils (leaking/currently bypassed), ancient Raypak propane heater (rusted/currently bypassed), Pentair 001018 VS pump, 4.9 sq ft Triton II sand filter, Taylor K-2006 FAS-DPD kit

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    Re: help me repair / replace pool lights

    I wish I could help... but I wanted to thank you for keeping the thread updated. Interesting problem - I hope you find a solution!
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    Re: help me repair / replace pool lights

    Might be a bad switch, try swapping the switches and see what happens. If the spa light is disconnected at the junction box, then that eliminates the light, so you have the wiring from the junction box to the switch to the breaker. My guess it is the switch.
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    Re: help me repair / replace pool lights

    I'll try swapping the switches

    could also be the wiring - it is ancient, and at least one of the conduits is corroded. I gooped it over with silicone but wouldn't be surprised if there is a nick in the insulation and the neutral is flowing back to ground
    25K gal IG plaster pool w/ spillover jacuzzi, 12 Gulf Solar coils (leaking/currently bypassed), ancient Raypak propane heater (rusted/currently bypassed), Pentair 001018 VS pump, 4.9 sq ft Triton II sand filter, Taylor K-2006 FAS-DPD kit

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