Timer for pool light

spoonman

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Jun 16, 2016
370
Peoria, AZ
Hi everyone,

I have a standard on/off switch for my pool light, which is tucked away and a bit of a pain to turn on/off when desired. I'd like to swap out the switch mechanism for an electric timer so that I can set the light to come on automatically. I'd like to get feedback on whether there are any possible issues with this idea or with executing this swap.

Here is the current housing with the light switch...

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Here is the timer that I would like to insert to replace the switch. It doesn't say that it is outdoor rated, but would be in the protective housing. Love to get thoughts on this.

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chiefwej

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TFP Guide
Jun 12, 2011
3,386
Tucson
That should work, but I would personally use a different type water tight cover.

For less money you could add a smart switch that would let you control light from your phone or from Alexa.
 

spoonman

Well-known member
Jun 16, 2016
370
Peoria, AZ
Thanks for the feedback Chief. Out of curiosity, what is the consequence if water were to get into the switch/timer housing? Are we talking about resetting a breaker or people somehow getting zapped in the pool?
 

outbreak

Well-known member
Apr 23, 2013
48
Destin, Fl
I've been considering this for a while too, and I think I'm going to get a TP-Link Kasa wifi switch and put in a good waterproof cover. I'll be able to turn it on and off (and switch colors) using my phone, and I'll be able to set a timer to turn it on and off any/every day. They're also Alexa and Siri friendly.

I have used Wemo switches in the house before, but they're nothing but a pain in the butt. The interface is slow and they disconnect often. I have been migrating to Kasa switches and outlets, and they work perfectly!
 

chiefwej

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Jun 12, 2011
3,386
Tucson
Water getting into the housing would result in a GFCI or breaker blown, or possibly the timer itself being destroyed. The power supply to the light should be protected by a GFCI.
 

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