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    Northeast - Freeze Protection for Niche-less Lights?

    Ah, that explains it!
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    Northeast - Freeze Protection for Niche-less Lights?

    Makes sense, thanks. I keep waiting for a cold snowy winter, but lately they seem to be warm and rainy!
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    Northeast - Freeze Protection for Niche-less Lights?

    I haven't yet bought a winter cover, or installed the auto cover. For this winter it will either be the auto cover or a tarp, as the pavers won't be installed until next year. So that's a good thought, that a solid cover would allow the water level to stay higher. Does the cover pump work well...
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    Northeast - Freeze Protection for Niche-less Lights?

    Safe from ice, anyway. I pulled one cord through the conduit, and the cord seems very tough and durable. I also pulled it back out, but that's another story (the shaft on the lights does not fit in a 1.5" schedule 40 PVC male thread adapter (!) I have to drill out the adapter, or re-plumb...
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    Northeast - Freeze Protection for Niche-less Lights?

    Good point though, about the cover letting wind through. So it seems like leaving the lights in and keeping the water level significantly higher than the lights is a decent strategy, and the super-safe idea would be to pull out the lights and cords, and blow out and plug the conduits.
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    Northeast - Freeze Protection for Niche-less Lights?

    Hey Newdude, thanks for that description - sounds like it can get violent, though prolly a cover would calm things down somewhat.
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    Northeast - Freeze Protection for Niche-less Lights?

    Thanks wireform. During a cold winter in ME with little snow cover, frost in the ground can go down 48" or so, which is code here for frost protection. How deep does ice in a pool typically get in the Northeast? And a little follow up: I spoke with two Florida Sunseekers reps again today...
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    20x40 Vinyl IG and Poolhouse, Maine Owner Build

    Hey thanks for checking in and the thorough heating info - very helpful. And sounds like you have some excellent upgrades going on. We actually just got water yesterday (!), and I plan to post pix and commentary when I get a breather. Have been so busy with building that I haven't given much...
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    Northeast - Freeze Protection for Niche-less Lights?

    Poolstored, interesting and helpful that your instructions say to keep the lights in the pool. Good to know.
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    Northeast - Freeze Protection for Niche-less Lights?

    That's a great point, that the wire - which is a good 1/2" thick and feels like soft rubber - can absorb the expansion of the ice (assuming some water somehow gets into the conduit). What about ice movement in the pool damaging the light fixture itself?
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    Northeast - Freeze Protection for Niche-less Lights?

    My assumptions are: Water in a conduit during winter can freeze and crack the conduit. A niche-less light has a fairly low profile, but unless the water level is maintained below the light, there's a good chance that movement of the ice up and down or side to side will damage it, potentially...
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    Northeast - Freeze Protection for Niche-less Lights?

    Agreed. Great, thanks for passing this along.
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    Northeast - Freeze Protection for Niche-less Lights?

    I did call them, and they tried to help, but I didn't get the sense the individual was familiar with the issue. I could try again and try to locate someone who is aware of this.
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    Northeast - Freeze Protection for Niche-less Lights?

    Thanks. I have read that article and many related posts, but have not come across specifically how to winterize niche-less lights.
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    Northeast - Freeze Protection for Niche-less Lights?

    Just got water yesterday actually, so I'm a rookie. I'd have to drain deep enough so that rain and snow wouldn't bring the water level up to the lights, right? And/or pump out water periodically? And the pool is 20x40, so that's quite a bit of water, probably a tanker or so. Do people do...