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    Replacing lights or bulbs?

    We have 2 old color wheel lights in our pool that are currently not working, they are not leaking and we suspect the bulbs are out. We are considering replacing them with the new color led lights but we are apprehensive to spend any more money as we are already replacing our deck, pool surface, tile and adding rock veneer. A solution we considered would be to replace the bulbs with LED bulbs of the same type as long as they were a lower wattage than the bulbs we currently have in there. We figured they would last much longer, be cooler, and cost less to run. Is there any reason this wouldn't work?

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    Re: Replacing lights or bulbs?

    It depends on how much water got in and how long it has been there. Water inside the fixture will ruin it eventually and force the replacement of the entire fixture.

    If the fixture is in good enough shape, remember to replace the seal along with the bulb and your plan should work out just fine.
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    Re: Replacing lights or bulbs?

    The only feedback I have on replacing halogen with LED is that the process for setting the new seal does not work very well, due to a lack of heat from the new bulb. I would be tempted to add some sealant to compensate.
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