Bought the house from first owner, and have two issues. One, plaster patches in pool and spa, two, pool lights out.
Built in 1997, the two lights in the pool and the one in the built in spa are (5in?) Pentair Sta-Rite 250w halogen type lights.
Two switches on the house exterior, one controls the two pool, the other the spa.
The GFI for just the lights is on the conduit posts near the pump, bundled with the wiring for the spa air pump.
Last year, I replace the 250w halogen light bulb and gasket in the spa. It worked. For about four hours of on time.
So, bad experience.
But when I replaced the bulb, I noticed the cable coming out the back of the can was corroded. While it was clear the gasket failed killing the light in the first place, the corrosion bothered me, so I electrical taped it up. I knew then that was a temp fix, and kept the circuit dead after the light died. Nobody was in the spa during the testing of the light for the same reason - that the electrical tape is not a fix.
So, I need to replace the entire can in the spa. In addition, the other two are in far better shape physically on inspection, but I'm not a fan of the halogen lights. Bright, but I figure there's a reason the things have been discontinued.
When I got the pool, the stabilizer content of the water was very high. I was going to have to empty at least half the pool.
But since there's some plaster issues that have to be attended at the 4' depth mark in the pool, I simply emptied the whole pool. Pulling the wires out might be easier this way, so I figure now is the time to do this.
What 5in lights are best for replacing? I'm not sure I want to get the transformer for the 12v lights, but since I'm replacing everything to the GFI, is there an issue? Is there a 12v / 120v debate or is this settled already?
If this is a straight 120v can replacement with the long wires and the procedure I've heard about where you pull the wires through, is this doable without major repair technicians?
I'm in northwest Houston. Are there any recommendations for technicians or experiences to share?