Pool Light Safety
As reported recently in the News and the Miami Herald , a 7 year old boy was accidentally electrocuted in his pool due to a faulty pool light. It was reported, the pool light was a 120 high voltage light. The house and pool were built in 1961 and 120 high voltage pool lights were the norm at that time. Unfortunately, the pool light was never updated and replaced with a safe 12 volt low voltage light. As a safety precaution, the 120 volt light may have been inadequately protected by a GFI circuit breaker or receptacle. high voltage pool light Rusting, out-dated high voltage pool lights can cause injury and death. In 1984 the code was changed to allow only 12 volt low voltage pool lights to be installed in a pools. However, when inspecting older homes with old swimming pools, I have reported many times that pool lights were not updated to new code requirements when updating the pool.
The cost to replace a high voltage light with a low voltage light by a licensed Electrical Contractor is around $1000 – $1200. To save money, I find many times the high voltage lights are protected by GFI circuit breakers or GFI receptacles. This is not adequate as the GFI circuit breakers or receptacles become defective and fail to protect. When listing a home, the listing real estate agent should inquire about the pool light and disclose in the seller’s disclosure whether the pool light is a high or low voltage light. The Buyers real estate agent should also be aware the pool light was inspected and reported properly to the buyer.
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Swimming Pool DEAL KILLING issues:
Homes built before 1980 used High Voltage lights in the pools. They were found not to be safe. The code was changed in 1980 to replace the high voltage light with a Low Voltage lighting system. Renovated pools that had high voltage lights were required by code to be replaced with the new low voltage lighting system. To determine if an old pool has been properly updated with the new Low Voltage light, look for a transformer box where the pool equipment is located or outside the pool deck behind the pool light location in the pool. Replacing a high voltage light to a low voltage light can be costly, exceeding above $1000.
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Swimming Pool DEAL KILLING issues continued:
Pools built prior to the 1970’s used galvanized pool piping for the return, drain and skimmer lines.
If the water circulation is poor and the pressure out of the return lines is also weak, this is an indication of the failure of the galvanized piping. Repair for this type of piping failure is very costly and can be determined by a Licensed Pool Contractor.