This guide covers how you should Identify a Replacement Pool Bulb / Light. When your pool or spa light fails and you need to replace the bulb, the first question you have to answer is what kind of light do you have. You will need to know the manufacture name, model #, voltage and wattage of your light. This information is generally on a label on the backside of the light fixture.
1. To avoid possible electric shock, turn off the power to the pool light at the circuit breaker.
2. Most pool light fixtures are secured to the niche in the pool wall with a single screw at the top of the light. Remove this screw. If the pool light is just below the surface, you may be able to remove the screw by leaning over the pool deck. In this case I had to get in the pool and hold my breath to remove the screw. Wear goggles.
3. Pull the pool light fixture out of the niche. You should have enough excess cord to be able to lay the light fixture on the pool deck. Note how the excess cord is stored in the niche so you can replace it the same way when you reinstall the pool light.
4. Lay the light fixture gently on the pool deck.
5. Look for any information that may be on the lens of the pool light. In this case the manufacturer's name, American Products Company, can be seen on the lens.
6. Look on the backside of the pool light fixture for an identification label.
7. This label was in the water 12 years and a little hard to read but we were still able to read the information we needed: model # H-400-BCL, watts 400 and volts 120. Using this data we identified the light as a Pentair Amerlite 400w 120V. Note - Pentair bought American Products.
8. Replace the light fixture by first recoiling and storing the excess cable as observed in step 3. Then push the light fixture back into the niche.
9. Replaced the single screw to secure the pool light fixture to the niche.
10. Restore power to the swimming pool light fixture.
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