Monthly Archives: June 2016

How to Replace a Swimming Pool Light Bulb

Changing a light bulb is always an inconvenience, but it can become a real hassle when the light is in your pool. When a swimming pool light goes out, the pool light will have to be replaced in most cases. This is because water has seeped into the light and the ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) has failed. Basically, you have a bulb that is burned out.

Changing light bulbs in your pool can be hazardous because you are dealing with water and electricity. To prevent electric shock and even death, it is necessary to use extreme caution when replacing a light bulb in your pool. So, just how does one go about replacing a swimming pool light bulb safely? The following procedures will help ensure that you change the bulb without harming yourself or others:

  1. Turn off the breaker, the pool light switch, and the GFCI. To prevent someone from turning the breaker on while you are replacing the bulb, place some electrical tape over the switch. Also be sure to warn everyone at home that you will be changing the swimming pool light bulb.
  2. Take out the small pilot screw (looks like a “+”) from the light fixture close to the lens to remove the light fixture. Use the screwdriver to pry the lighting fixture out of the socket.
  3. Uncoil the spring-like attachment cord to remove the light fixture. Place the fixture on the deck, and unscrew the screws around the lighting fixture. There are two fixture types: one with several screws at the back of the rim, and another with one screw that holds the band clamp, which is is attached to the fixture.
  4. Remove the lens that prevents the bulb from getting wet by removing the screws. Twist the bulb in a counterclockwise direction to remove it.
  5. Screw in the new bulb and place the fixture back on the deck. Turn the power back on and the switch that controls the pool lights to quickly check to make sure that the new bulb is working. Once you’ve verified that the light is working, turn the power and switch back off.
  6. To replace the lens gasket, place the new gasket around the glass lens and apply gentle pressure to ensure it is fitted properly. Place the lens back on the fixture and replace the screws.
  7. Submerge the light fixture under water to check that the gasket seal is not faulty. A faulty seal will cause air bubbles to rise to the surface. If this occurs, you will need to adjust the lens gasket until you no longer see the air bubbles.
  8. Recoil the attachment cord and screw the fixture back into the socket. Turn the power back on.

Follow the above steps to replace your pool lights safely. Or, if you don’t want to take the risk, you can hire a pool service professional to come to your home and replace the bulb for you. In Arizona, pool owners have relied on Shasta Pools & Spas to handle all of their pool service needs since 1968.

Find the Right Home Improvement Service

Home improvement is a task that requires ones full attention. It may include anything that changes the state of the home for the better. Whether it be for renovations, or repairs. Before starting a project – any project, it is necessary to consider a lot of things. The success of the project is to get it done and to get it right.

Finding the right service for the project is the most important thing. To make the look a lot easier, it’s best to ask the four W’s and one H.

WHO: The right person to undertake the job is the first consideration. It’s tempting to try doing the job alone in order to save money. However, the key is to still have a professional do it. Professionals know what to do and they can do it with minimal or almost no errors.

WHAT: Knowing the coverage of the project is another thing to look at. Being particular with what will be the coverage of the repair or renovation will definitely make the project a lot easier. Many projects end up wasting a lot of resources all because they don’t know exactly what they want. For example, if the renovation is in the living room, try to focus on the particular area alone.

WHEN: Another consideration is the project time table. A time table basically provides the allotted duration of the renovation or the repair. The more time spent on a project most probably means more resources consumed. Learn to budget the time in the project.

WHERE: Where to get the materials or tools is another question. Some want to make sure that they get the best materials out there so they but it themselves. Others simply entrust the selection of the materials to their subcontractor.