How Can a Pool Remodel affect your Pool Lighting?
At the end of a pool remodel, pool owners expect their pool to perform better than ever. One area which may be negatively impacted by a pool remodel, however, is your pool lighting.
Pool lighting has become standard for today’s pools, as they are an integral part of a pool’s design and operation. But before any pool remodels can begin, the lights of a pool have to be pulled from the side of the pool or spa. These lights are then placed on the deck where they are exposed to weather conditions.
Here’s the problem though: Pool lights are not meant to be outside of the water. Once your pool lights are secured and the pool is filled, your lights are intended to stay underwater for the rest of their days. Exposed components such as the rubber gaskets, once wet, will become brittle and crack when they dry out. When this happens, the chance of your pool leaking at that site increases, and more than that, you may be voiding the manufacturer’s warranty for the lights. So the question becomes is it best to replace your pool lights during the pool remodeling process?
Pool Lights Aren’t the Only Issue
Another issue involves your light’s power line. Small cracks can cause the power line to the back of the light can become soaked over time. While this itself isn’t always an issue, if the line dries out during the remodeling process, it can crack once the pool is refilled.
The last consideration is the 3/4″ or 1″ PVC pipe beneath your decking which holds the light cord. Over time this PVC pipe can crack, and it may fill with water or dirt, making pulling a new cord for new lighting difficult (if not impossible) for a pool remodeler or light technician.
Replacing Pool Lighting a Smart Investment During a Los Angeles Pool Remodel
Far too often pool owners elect to refinish the pool, add fun features and install a brand new deck – but they choose not to update the lighting. To their dismay, after the remodel is complete, they find that one or more lights aren’t functional or, worse yet, the pool has suddenly sprung a leak.
The solution isn’t an easy one as a new light can’t be pulled. The only option a pool remodeler or technician has is to cut into the brand new deck and either re-install a new pipe or repair a bad section. The deck can be patched, but it won’t look nearly as beautiful as it did immediately after your outdoor living remodel.
Another important consideration is cost. Swapping out pool lighting during a pool remodel is much less expensive than reopening the pool deck after the remodel.
Pool lighting has also become far more efficient and affordable for pool owners over recent years. In the long run pool owners can save on energy costs by switching to modern state-of-the-art LED bulbs.
The Los Angeles Pool Remodel Experts
Then there is the issue of finding a qualified in-pool lighting technician to do the job. The majority of companies that produce pool bulbs and lights (like Pentair and Hayward) will only cover your lighting under warranty if the lighting is installed by a pre-approved pool lighting technician.
For all of the reasons above, replacing your pool lighting during a pool remodel with Gardner Outdoor and Pool Remodel is usually a good decision. The risk of the old lighting not working or causing a leak is after a remodel is just too great.
Contact us today to discuss your pool remodel or schedule an appointment to receive a free quote from one of our pool remodeling experts here!
About The Company
Gardner Outdoor and Pool Remodeling has been serving the Southern California area since 1969. As one of only 50 licensed PebbleTec® applicators in the entire United States and the exclusive SoCal referral partner of Leslie’s Pool Supplies, Gardner Remodeling is the premier pool contractor in San Diego County, LA County, Orange County, and Palm Springs.
Gardner Outdoor and Pool Remodeling completes over 1,600 projects each year and has completed over 44,000 projects in the Southern California area. They focus solely on swimming pools and the surrounding landscaping and specialize in all aspects of pool remodeling, including pool finishes, pool tile, pool coping, pool mosaics, plumbing and electrical work, and both commercial and residential swimming pools.
As the only pool remodeling company with three showrooms to serve you – in El Cajon, Orange, and Indio – Gardner Outdoor and Pool Remodeling has over 170 employees and has three levels of management to ensure the quality of every project. Gardner Remodeling maintains an A+ rating with the BBB and is certified by the ASPS, IPSA, and National Plasterers Council. Take a look at their gallery for inspiration and contact them to get started on your pool remodeling project.