As the summer sun heats up this month, you’ll probably want to cool off. If you’re lucky enough to spend some time at your pool, invite us over. All right, we’re kidding (sort of), but once the sun sets and you want to dive in at night, you’ll want a little light—and that’s where we can make a splash.
Whether you need a double-ended R7 base or traditional reflector bulb, Bulb Direct offers a number of options to fit your in-ground swimming pool. These bulbs, which typically last about 1,000 hours, might need to be replaced by a licensed electrician if required by the community—this is standard for most neighborhood and city pools.
But, if your privately owned pool’s bulbs can be changed by the same person who checks the chlorine levels, you might need some guidance, and we’re here to help. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to change a pool light bulb (after you order a replacement from us, of course):
Step 1: Shut off the electricity to the pool lighting system—and we advice using an electrical tester to ensure there is nothing flowing to the sockets.
Step 2: Remove the screw, mostly likely requiring a Phillips-head screw-driver, that holds the fixture in place.
Step 3: Pry the fixture out of the box and pull out of the niche—and pay attention to how the electrical cord rests, so you can replicate its position once the new light bulb is in place.
Step 4: Remove the lens and old bulb then screw the new one into its place and restore the lens’ position.
Step 5: Turn on the power for a few seconds to check if the process was done correctly and the bulb works.
Step 6: After turning off the power once again, reassemble the fixture and put under water to make sure there are no leaks—if not, you’re free to put it back in the niche and re-screw fixture.
Step 7: You’re ready to swim!
Don’t forget to head over to our website before jumping in—we have plenty of outdoor lighting (such as landscape and outdoor illumination) options!