To do this you will need!
• LED replacement lamp* • Screwdriver
• Retaining clips* • Silicon tubing* (*These are normally supplied as part of a kit.)
Following on from instructions on creating a water-tight cable joint in our last issue, Andy James, Golden Coast’s in-house electro-mechanical engineering specialist turns his attention to the task of retrofitting new LED lights into traditional niches. There are many ways to reduce a pool’s energy use but perhaps one of the quickest and easiest is swapping over high wattage halogen bulbs for effi cient LED lighting systems. Taking this step gives customers a substantial reduction in running costs. In addition, modern kits instantly transform the look and feel of a pool. Newer systems offer a range of choices for owners, including the top-of-the-range multi-colour changing systems. When choosing a replacement lighting kit it is important to confi rm that its dimensions will fi t your existing niche. However, in the majority of cases, existing pool niches should suit standard sizes. It should be mentioned that most LED type lamps are completely sealed to prevent problems with water ingress. What’s more, this allows you to place the lamp into the pool for testing once everything is connected. Most importantly – before you carry out the steps below – do ensure that the energy supply to the light is completely isolated.
• Begin by removing the niche front ring with the halogen bulb securely fi xed. Unscrew any clips to remove the bulb and place to one side for disposal later.
• Now place your new LED replacement lamp into the existing niche ring. The kit you’ve been supplied with will contain small clips. These should be put into place and screwed – by hand – into the niche ring. This allows you to adjust the position of the replacement lamp. Once you’re happy with its placement, secure with a screwdriver.
• The next step is to create a water-tight cable joint, which we discussed in the last issue. Do remember that because of the higher power originally required, old style fittings were designed to handle a thicker flex. Within your kit, you should find a piece of silicon tubing which fits into the gland. This allows your flex size to be increased and will give you a more secure fit.
Sometimes it’s easier to see how to carry out each procedure, so we have created a video which shows you how it is done. This is part of a library of more than 40 how-to videos which you can view now by visiting goldenc.co/resources/andys-answers today. If you are unsure of any steps, seek technical advice before undertaking any work.
If you have any other questions about joining cables or any other technical issues, you can
‘Ask Andy’ by ringing: 0127 1 3 78100