lights for around the pool


Old 11-15-00, 06:33 AM
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I would like to install inexpensive yet cost efficient lighting around my swimming pool. I do have a garden that is a about 3 feet away. Any suggestions? Advice? Do I put the wiring in a pipe?? I was wondering if I could use landscape lighting.
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Old 11-15-00, 05:03 PM
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Landscape lighting (low voltage) is a fair way to light up an area. If you install any light in the area from 5' to 10' from the inside wall of the pool, you have to protect them with a GFCI. Plug in your transformer to a GFCI protected outlet, and just direct bury your low voltage wiring. Keep it all at least 5' away from the pool.

Hope this helps. Rick Miell
Old 11-16-00, 08:31 AM
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Hmm, this raises an interesting point. It seems to me that the GFCI will be defeated by the transformer in low voltage lighting. I suspect that the low voltage in itself will render this safe, and the transformers usually have breakers, but clearly any unbalanced loads on the low voltage side of the transformer will not "look" unbalanced to the GFCI on the 120V side.

Still, using low voltage is clearly a safe option.

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