How to Replace Your PAR56 Swimming Pool Lights

by Pool Builders on 07-31-2014 in Articles

PAR56 Swimming Pool lights are the underwater lights which may turn faulty when the bulb burns out or when the water gets leaked inside the bulb making it more dangerous. As the sensitive circuit breakers have become mandatory for underwater bulbs, they makes the light turn off when such leakage occurs. Certain steps need to be followed. Sme as any other normal lights, these bulbs can be replaced easily and there is no need to lower the water level for replacement. Here are the steps that need to be followed for replacement:

1) Shut down all power to the pool lighting.

• This needs to be done at the main electrical box. Almost all swimming pools have been equipped with their own boxes to switch of the power completely.

2) Make sure the power is switched off by trying to turn on again.

• If light is burned out, it will not turn on anyway.
• Make sure that the pump will not turn on if you only have one pool light.

3)Remove the single screw at the top of the fixture.

• This is a slotted screw which should be removed with the right screw drivers.

Use a flat-head screwdriver to pry the light fixture out of the light niche box.

• Normally the fixture is going to have a tab at the bottom of it. Work this loose with the flat-head screwdriver.

4)Pull the pool lighting fixture up onto the pool decking.

• There should be plenty of cord coiled up in the niche box to allow you to lift out the fixture and move it to the deck.

5) Unscrew or pry the lens off of the fixture.

• Older pool models will have screws that need to be removed to remove the lens. Newer pool lights will most likely have tabs that need to be pried loose.

6) Replace the old bulb with a new one by screwing it in place

7) Turn the power on temporarily so you can test the light to make sure that it works.

• Turn the light on just long enough to make sure the pool light works. No more than 1 or 2 seconds is adequate.

8) Switch off the Power.

9) Replace the lens and reassemble the fixture.

10) Replace all screws and lock in all tabs.

11) Test for leaks in the fixture by submerging it for a few minutes before reattaching it to the light niche box.

12) Place the fixture back into light niche and screw in the top screw.

13) Re-establish electricity to pool light and turn the light on to make sure it is working correctly.

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