Hi, I have a couple of questions about my swimming pool light..
We recently rebuilt a 40 year old inground pool. There was an old
light in the pool when it was new, deactivated years ago. The niche
was left in place and the cavity was covered over during a past liner
Now this spring we excavated the old niche, replaced with a new
Hayward plastic niche and Astrolite, 300 watt, 12 volt. New
transformer in the basement of the home.
I hired an electrician to wire transformer and light, and we did not
have the instruction sheet for the light at that time.
After receiving the instruction sheet, I find electrician has missed
several key points and i'd some opinions on how serious a problem I
First, the instructions indicate the conduit from the niche must
continue all the way to the basement and terminate a foot above water
level. What electrician has done is no conduit, underground cable from
house to junction box at ground level on pool deck, and cut pool light
cable at that point and connected inside weatherproof junction box.
There is approximately 4 feel of plastic conduit from niche to the
junction box, sealed with silicon.
Second, instructions indicate the niche itself should be grounded and
the ground wire encapsulated. This did not happen. I could easily
snake a ground wire through the conduit and into the niche, but i
cannot encapulate now since the pool is full of water and cannot be
drained down the niche level without risking pulling new liner out of
the coping track. Without encapsulation, the copper ground will
rapidly corrode and break, since this is a "wet" niche which fills
I am very concerned about the safety of this install, and could really
use some opinion from
someone with more electrical experience than me.