How To Replace A Pool Light Bulb?

The pool in your backyard is a great place to have fun during the summer months. It is also one of the most expensive parts of your home. Therefore, it is important to make the most of it. One way to do this is by lighting it with LED. LEDs are an energy-efficient alternative to traditional halogen and incandescent bulbs, but they can also be a bit expensive for some.

LED lights are more expensive because they last longer and are more durable than other types of lighting. This makes them perfect for areas like swimming pools.

LED lights to last about 20 times longer than traditional incandescent bulbs and use about 75% less energy than their counterparts. They also emit less heat into the water. As a result, they will not overheat your pool on hot days or nights as halogen bulbs would.

Which Are the Best Pool Lights?

If you are considering a pool for your home, you may be wondering what type of lighting to use. In the past, most homes used incandescent bulbs. However, today some options are much more energy-efficient.

To help you make the right choice for your pool, I have identified two of the best lighting options. When it comes to pools, LED lights and fiber optic lights are the most popular choices among homeowners.

Both are highly efficient ways to light your pool while remaining energy conscious and cost-effective. Fiber optic lights have the advantage over LED in that they offer a wider range of color options and can even be used near water without risk of damage.

How To  Replace A Pool Light Bulb?

How To  Replace A Pool Light Bulb?

Replacing pool lighting is quite easy to do. Below are some steps that will help you from start to finish. I have also attached a YouTube video.

  1. Turn off the lights in your pool. (An important step).
  2. Using a flathead or Phillips screwdriver, remove the pilot screw from the top of the light’s housing.
  3. Carefully remove the light from the fixture. Extra wires will remain so you can place the light fixture on the deck.
  4. Take a photo of the light fixture before disassembling it.
  5. Remove the clump or screws from the light fixture. Then remove the lens, gasket, and face rings.
  6. Wipe the parts clean and replace any components that are too corroded.
  7. Remove the old bulb and clean the socket of the light fixture.
  8. Screw in the new bulb and reassemble the fixture.
  9. Place it back into the pool.
  10. Test the light to make sure it works.

Can you replace a pool light underwater?

No, you should not replace a pool light underwater. The extra wires attached to the light housing allow you to bring the light above water and onto the deck of your pool. There you can disassemble the light, remove the old bulb, and screw in the replacement bulb.

Can You Change A Pool Light Without Draining The Water?

Again, here is where the extra wires are convenient. You can remove the light housing from the pool and place it on the deck where it is dry. It is best to put a towel under the fixture to soak up any water. Thus, you do not have to drain the pool when replacing the lights. 

Similarly, Matt Giovanisci of Swim Unversity.com suggests removing some water to better reach the fixture. However, this step is optional. He also recommends adding the water and chemicals back in to make sure your pool is chemically balanced.


Can I Change My Own Pool Light Bulb?

Yes, you can. Replacing a pool light is very straightforward. Plus, there are a lot of resources available that will give you a step-by-step guide. However, in some places, you may need a licensed electrician to replace your pool light bulb.

How Much Does It Cost To Replace A Pool Light Bulb?

Maintaining a pool is very expensive, from making sure they are chemically balanced to pool lights replacement. An underwater LED pool light price can range from $50-to $900. Not including replacing any corroded housing parts.

Then, there is the cost of labor a licensed electrician may cost you $100-$200.

How Long Do Pool Light Bulbs Last?

It depends on what type of bulb is in your pool. Incandescent bulbs have a shorter lifespan (1000-1200 hours). Usually, LEDs can last 20,000-50,000 hours before they burn out. I can not stress how beneficial switching to LEDs can be. 

In most homes, pool lighting is an additional $750 a year on your light bill. With LEDs, the cost of pool lighting can be lower significantly. Moreover,  the upfront cost of installing LEDs is expensive, but it is cheaper to run in the long run.


To Recap,

Lighting is a vital part of your pool nighttime experience. While they are easy to replace, you should check your local electrical codes to ensure you can do this. Furthermore, there is no need to drain your pool when changing the underwater lights.

The cost of replacing your pool depends on a few factors, such as bulb cost, additional housing parts, and labor. Lastly, if you choose LED bulbs, they can last long with minimal maintenance.

I am a wife and mom with two kids. I am also a writer, avid DIYer, and tech enthusiast. My favorite things are writing, shopping online for gadgets, and gizmos I can’t afford (yet). Being at home with my kids is the best part of my day!

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