4 Reasons: Inground Pool Light Not Working

4 Reasons: Inground Pool Light Not Working

Why Is My Inground Pool Light Not Working?

Since COVID, one thing still has not changed, swimming is always an activity loved by many, especially for those living in a state like Texas, where the climate can get extremely hot.

With over 10 million residential pools in the United States, it’s obvious why homeowners are continuing to build them. Yes, with that high of a number, it shows people love their pools. It’s a convenient way to unwind, have fun, and take a dip at any given time. And what’s even better is the ability to swim at night.

Are you one who enjoys a night swim, perhaps alone to relax or with family and friends for total enjoyment? If so, I am sure you love it when your pool light is still, flashing or flickering. What a great mood it sets. But, to no avail, you are all ready to take that nighttime swim, but wait, “why is my inground pool light not working?”.

Inground pool light not working? It can be frustrating, no doubt!

Here are four reasons and some simple maintenance tips that can be done to try to fix the pool light.

1. Is There Water Behind the Lens?

Water in a lens can cause a pool light to burn out.

If you suspect this, remove the fixture. Dry the light fixture and reassemble with a new bulb (LED light preferably). Make sure to tighten the gasket. If tiny bubbles form, the gasket has not been re-installed tight enough.

If the light is still not working, reinspect the lens. Look for any signs of holes, leaks and warping.

2. Is The GFCI Outlet Working?

Now that you’ve checked the lens and it seems to be working just fine, turn your direction toward the ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) outlet. If you see the GFCI outlets button is red, it means electricity is not going to the light.

Also, check the breaker, fuse and any switches that may be associated with this light. Make sure they are all in the “on” position.

3. Has The Bulb Burnt Out?

The most common problem can be a broken or burnt-out light bulb. If this is the case, all you need to do is switch out the light bulb. Here’s a quick overview of how to do it:

  • Shut off the breaker and all power switches
  • Remove the lens and the bulb
  • Replace the bulb with a new LED (preferably) bulb
  • Turn the light on and test to see if it goes on
  • Place the bulb underwater to ensure there are no air leaks
  • If everything works, replace the bulb and the fixture

If the problem is still not solved, it could be as simple as the new light bulb is defective. Switch out the bulb to another and try again. If the light still does not work, continue onto the next point.

4. Check To See If The Threaded Screw Receiver Is Stripped

If you have an older model pool light, the screw hole can break and will no longer hold the light fixture in place. Just insert a light wedge to hold the fixture in place.

If the light fixture is not being held in right, water can leak into it and crush the light cord conduit. If the light cord conduit is damaged, it will need to be sealed.

Why Is My Pool Light Not Working? When It’s Time to Call a Professional

Have you tried to take a nighttime dip and found you are in the dark of the night? You tried to turn on your pool light, and nothing happened. Yes, you are now wondering, “why is my pool light not working?”

You have tried to troubleshoot with all of the points listed above, and nothing worked? It’s time to call a professional.

If you are based in Texas, contact BPS Pools, The Backyard Pool Specialists, today. We handle all pool equipment repairs as well as pool cleaning and maintenance.