Fiber optic pool lighting was all the rage for a few years and some nationwide pool builders installed it on all their pools. Today, there are a lot of dead fiber optic systems out there and very few people who even know how to work on them. In this article, we discuss the operation and repair of fiber optic pool lighting systems.
Traditional fiber optic lighting systems have several different components which are contained in the light tower (also known as the photon generator).
“My fiber optic lighting is not working”
If your fiber optic pool lighting stops working, there are a couple of things that you should check:
If you have either of these issues on your fiber optic system, it should be fairly simple and inexpensive to repair. If your fiber optic tower (photon generator) is defective, then it is time to consider upgrading to LED lighting.
“My fiber optic lighting is dim”
The good news is that retrofit LED lighting is made that fits into the same 1.5″ fittings that were used for fiber optic lighting – and they are much BRIGHTER.
Sometimes algae inside the light lenses can cause the lights to appear dimmer than normal. The solution involves removing the lens cover and cleaning it out. It is a good idea to have a replacement lens cover ready in case you crack the old one when you take it out.