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    Adding a light in a DIY pool--Problem!

    We went to a pool store yesterday and were looking at some pool lights. We were really interested in the Intellibright LEDs that change colors/patterns. But the sales guy said that he wasn't sure if they would work with a steel walled pool b/c: Apparently in gunite pools they make a special cove in the gunite for the light so that the water can sit behind the light and keep it cool(there is no waterproof seal on the light). how do I overcome this with my vinyl DIY pool? Do I have to build something for the light to sit in so that water can get behind it without leaking behind the pool?

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    May 2007
    Silver Spring, MD

    Re: Adding a light in a DIY pool--Problem!

    Is the pool already installed, or are you building it now? If the pool isn't installed yet, or you can dig out the far side of the wall so you have full access from both sides you can install a light that requires a niche. But if you can only access the wall from the water side it is nearly impossible to install a light of that style.
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    Re: Adding a light in a DIY pool--Problem!

    They make niches for vinyl. Check out pages 119 & 121 in this PDF: ... US2012.pdf

    Assuming, of course, that you can get to both sides as Jason says. We love the lights in our pool:

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