Asked on Jul 02, 2023

Pool light tripping breaker - Seeking advice!?

Tikva Morrow
by Tikva Morrow

I'm facing a puzzling issue with my pool, and I'm hoping someone here can shed some light on the matter. Lately, every time I turn on my pool light, it trips the breaker. It's becoming quite frustrating, and I'm not sure what steps to take to resolve this problem.

Has anyone experienced a situation where the pool light keeps tripping the breaker? If so, I would greatly appreciate your insights and guidance on how to troubleshoot and fix this issue.

Thank you

Pool light tripping breaker

  14 answers
  • There could be lots of reasons for this, one is water in the fixture. I would call a licensed professional to deal with this problem.

  • Deb K Deb K on Jul 02, 2023

    Hi Tikva, did u install it yourself? Do a double check on all the wiring. This can be due to a small amount of water being inside your light fixture which the light may heat up and vaporize. This can then cause the GFCI to trip. GFCIs are also known to trip from extreme humidity. Be sure that the outlets that may be on the same GFCI circuit are covered to help prevent this.

  • Dee Dee on Jul 02, 2023

    Sounds like you are tripping your GFCI. It would be overloaded or damp. I would check the wiring and call a professional.

  • William William on Jul 02, 2023

    More likely water in the light fixture creating a short. You'd have to get into the light dry out the wiring. Check for damaged seals and replace.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Jul 02, 2023

    A water leak into the light might be the cause of your breaker tripping, also faulty wiring. i would call in a professional

  • Call a professional to help you with this as it could be several things and they’re best equipped to resolve the issue safely.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 03, 2023

    If, after turning on the pool light switch, the GFCI trips, the most likely cause is water inside your light fixture. If the GFCI doesn't trip and the light is off, you probably have a burned-out bulb. In either case, you can now proceed with pulling your light fixture out of the pool.

  • Your breaker tripping could be due to poor wiring or a water leak into the light. Call an expert to assist you with this because there could be a number of causes and they are best qualified to handle the situation responsibly.

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Jul 05, 2023

    Check to see how many other things are running a the same time. It seems that they are most likely pulling more wattage then your breaker is set to handle. You might have to increase the breaker or split the items pulling at the same time.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 08, 2023

    Sounds like the wiring is loose, or damp has got to the wiring. An investigtion is required. If you are not an electrician, then leave it to the proffesionals, especially with water involved. Don't use the pool until problem is sorted.

  • Mogie Mogie on Jul 09, 2023

    I don't know everything about electricity so I would call an electrician. Better safe then sorry.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jul 17, 2023

    Hi Tikva: I"d call an electrician or pool maintenance person to check this out. It could be dangerous.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Jul 21, 2023

    Get the kids out of the pool until you have had an electrician sort it for you!

  • Tikva Morrow Tikva Morrow on Aug 07, 2023

    Thanks everyone