Stupid Homeowner question

Discussion in 'Landscape Lighting' started by DIY Bob, Jul 2, 2008.

  1. DIY Bob

    DIY Bob LawnSite Member
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    Thanks in advance for your replies. I have a water feature that is part of my pool. It has a separate pump that takes water from the pool and sends it into two bio boxes and then back into the pool.

    Are there any lighting fixtures that are not just underwater rated but SAFE for lighting the water feature? It would be great to install fixtures in the water feature, but I know that the fact that the water is part of the pool may make this not possible.

    Any thoughts from you contractor experts out there?

    All lighting would be powered by pool and spa safe transformers on a GFCI circuit.
     
  2. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
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    The ONLY lighting that you would be able to use in this instance would be fiber optics. This would mean that there would not be any electricity in the water.

    Good luck,
     
  3. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
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    Post some pictures......you as a homeonwer have a little more freedom then the contractors......
     
  4. INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting

    INTEGRA Bespoke Lighting LawnSite Platinum Member
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    You are very limited in this application. Contractor or Homeowner doesnt really matter.... safe is safe and you should abide by all of the codes and laws regarding lighting in pools and spas. (That is lighting IN and not AROUND)

    Paul's suggestion of Fibre Optics is probably your best route.
     
  5. irrig8r

    irrig8r LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I was doing some renovations a couple years ago at a home in Los Altos where they had a stream/ waterfall that flows into the pool, but isn't turned on often. There in the middle of the stream, tucked behind a boulder was a Nightscaping Flipper... the plastic lens had turned an opaque yellow, partly cracked and melted.

    It was still connected. The hoeowner didn't even know it was there. I pulled it and opted for downlights from a nearby structure instead.


    (This is what the Flipper is supposed to look like)

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  6. DIY Bob

    DIY Bob LawnSite Member
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    Thanks for the replies guys. I think downlights will be in order for this application.
     
  7. JoeyD

    JoeyD LawnSite Silver Member
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    down lights are the way to go if you can do it!!!
     
  8. poolboy

    poolboy LawnSite Silver Member
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  9. NightScenes

    NightScenes LawnSite Silver Member
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    There is a BIG difference between submersible and POOL and SPA ratings. DO NOT USE submersible fixtures in a pool or spa that is for human use. I don't know of any low voltage fixture that is rated for pool and spa use. Does anyone else?????
     
  10. poolboy

    poolboy LawnSite Silver Member
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    We've got several that utilize the Little Giant with pool/spa (water features). I'm not the builder, but we do service these lights. Fiber optics are the way to go.
     

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