Day 5 – Electrical

Electrical is your next step in the pool build process and will take approximately 1-2 days. Ours took 1.5 days to complete.  When choosing electrical, ensure you know where your junction box is, where your light is expected to be and where your pump is placed.  Electrical work is billed by the linear foot so coordinating these is essential.  Your electrical contractor will also provide the light for the pool so this is where you get to pick what kind of lighting you want.  

There are several options for lighting out there.  You can do LED, Fluorescent, Color or Multi-Color.  You can also chose a light powered by a switch or by a remote.  All of these options come with different price tags so it is a very personal choice to work into your budget.

Another item to consider is whether you are having a spa built in with the pool, or separate.  If you build it in with the pool, electrical will be run through the heated pump, however if you place an above group spa, you will need to have electrical hook ups where that will be placed in the yard.  As the electrical for an above group spa is semi-permanent, I suggest you plan where you want your spa during the design process.

What we did:

 Our electrical junction box for the house is located on the northwest corner of the house, while the pool is located on the southeast corner of the house.  We chose to go with the above ground spa, so the electrical company had to add a junction box on the west side of the house to have enough power for both the spa and pool.  They ran lines along the west side of the house to the spa and then over to the east side of the house for the pool.  This caused additional trenches dug for the electrical lines, which would need to be filled later.

We also went with an LED, multi-color light on the east side of the pool.  When pricing out the different lights, I found they didn’t vary in cost enough to affect the budget.  Also, at our last house, the switch to turn off the pool light was next to the pump, where there typically are no lights to see.  In the evening, I find it very convenient to be able to turn off the lights with the remote.

Lessons learned:

There are two takeaways from the electrical experience.  The first was that I had to ask the electrical company to return to make the spa connection much longer than they provided.  You won’t know where your spa electrical will be located on the actual spa until you purchase it, therefore, you will want several feet of electrical wiring for the spa company to hook up to.  The electrical company did not charge me for the additional wiring, although I wouldn’t have blinked an eye had they charged.

The other was in regards to the pool light.  We have a fairly long pool and if I were to do it again, I would have added a second light on the western wall.  This side tends to get dark at night as the one light doesn’t cover the entire pool.  Another item I would have considered was wiring lights to the steps, but that would have added quite a large amount to our budget.

Approximate Cost:

Again, this can vary depending upon the hook ups you would like.  We have a remote, multi-color LED lamp and had wiring run to where our above ground spa was being placed and it ran us around $3700.  I received quotes ranging from $2000-4000.  They even added a junction box to the house near the spa as we required additional electricity for that portion of our project.

Photo of extra junction box Photo of Built In BBQ Electrical Photo of Electrical box for pool