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    Got a lighting issue....

    Hey folks, I have an odd issue here. I have a hayward astrolite that would trip the GFCI within a second of flipping the switch.

    So after much research, i changed the gasket, let it sit out for a few days to let it dry (there was a little condensation inside the fixture).

    It would still trip, i figured it was a grounding issue. So i checked inside the pool cavity where the light goes in, there was a wire coming into the cavity and was screwed onto the enclosure. I noticed that there was some rust coming from a blob of what looked like silicone. I removed the silicone since it already had hole where I assume was where the screw was (that anchored the wire to the chassis), the wire is still firmly attached to the chassis so i left it be.

    Here's where im confused, for giggles, I turned on the light, it turned on just fine now.....

    I touched the water, didnt feel any shock, BUT, can anyone shed some light on this, should I get some of that silicone to cover that part? I assume it was there to protect that screw from disolving over time, Im thinking on changing the screw, then replacing the sillicone, but im just wondering why the light works on now and not before....
    Brian, Pool newbie in Atlanta, GA. 24k IG vinyl pool, Circupool SI-45 SWG (purchased 3/2014) , Hayward Pro Series Sand filter S220T, Pentair 1hp 2-speed superflow (thanks Jbizzle!), TF-100 test kit w/ SpeedStir
    Removed -> Hayward 1HP Super pump SP-1607-Z1-M

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    Re: Got a lighting issue....

    That wire is the bonding wire. The connection is supposed to be sealed so it won't rust.

    The light working now and not before makes little sense, but hey go with it
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    Re: Got a lighting issue....

    It's a crazy world man... just crazy. I'll get some compound or underwater curing silicone to seal those plugs up.

    Cheers buddy!

    Brian, Pool newbie in Atlanta, GA. 24k IG vinyl pool, Circupool SI-45 SWG (purchased 3/2014) , Hayward Pro Series Sand filter S220T, Pentair 1hp 2-speed superflow (thanks Jbizzle!), TF-100 test kit w/ SpeedStir
    Removed -> Hayward 1HP Super pump SP-1607-Z1-M

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