How To Install Long LED Strip Runs for Pools & More
Illuminating the inside of an above-ground pool can make nighttime swimming more enjoyable. But finding a way to evenly light the whole space from one source can be tricky. Use our guide below to create a solution for connecting and powering long runs of LED strip lights. It can be used for any project that requires multiple strip lights to be linked together and rely on one power supply.
The following installation involves connecting 4 waterproof RGB LED strip lights, a great option for pool illumination. With several color-changing patterns and watertight construction, these strip lights create a fun atmosphere for kids and grown ups alike. Customize the brightness, color, and dynamic modes with an optional remote to tailor the lighting to any event.
Note: Some cities require above-ground pool lighting to meet National Electrical Code (NEC) Article 680 standards, which would limit possible pool lighting installation locations. Before you purchase LED pool lights, check your city’s code requirements. We also recommend that you have a certified electrician install your lights.
Below you’ll find a list of all of the parts needed to complete the installation featured in the photos and video above. Installation locations and requirements can vary so you may need to modify the parts you need slightly. If you need help determining which parts you’ll need please reach out to our Product Support Specialists who will help you plan your installation.
We also offer a complete waterproof strip kit which will achieve the same effect and comes with all the parts you need pre-bundled.
- (1) DiodeDrive® Series 240W Power Supply
- (1) CPS Barrel to Terminal Connector
- (1) RGB LC4 Controller and Remote
- (1) LC4 Splitter Cable
- (2) LC4 Pigtail Power Connector (female)
- (8) Waterproof Wire Nuts
- (4) Waterproof RGB LED Strips
Recommended Tools and Materials:
(Depending on weatherproofing and installation location needs)
- 3M Double-Sided Foam Pads
- 12 mm Silicone End Caps
- Dolphin Connectors With Sealant
- Silicone Sealant
- 18-Gauge Two-Conductor Power Wire
- Wire Strippers
- 12 mm Mounting Clips
- Electrical Tape
- 3M Adhesion Promoter
- Speed Nuts/Cotter Pins
Before ordering your LED strip lights, measure the diameter of your pool and multiply by 3.14 to find its circumference; this number indicates the total length of strip that you will need. The 21-foot pool used for these installation instructions has a circumference of 65.94 feet and requires 4 runs of 16-foot LED strips.
2) Set up Power Supply
Before you’re ready to install your LED strip lights, be sure to drain your pool. Begin by creating or locating a dry area away from your pool for the power supply. The power supply should be contained in a weatherproof box. Power supplies should be installed between a ground fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protected circuit and the pool’s junction box. It’s crucial to use a GFCI protected circuit, as it shuts off if current flows where it’s not supposed to.
Wire the included plug to the power supply, but do not connect to power until the installation is complete.
3) Set up Controller
Using the CPS Barrel Connector, connect the power supply to the LC4 controller.
4) Connect the RGB LED Strips
Connect the output LC4 connector of the controller to the LC4 splitter. Then connect the LC4 pigtails to the pigtails of the strips. Use the waterproof wire nuts to seal your connection. Connect strip 1 and 3 together using the connectors already attached to the strips. Repeat for strip 2 and 4.
5) Mount the RGB LED Strips
You will apply strip 1 and 3 clockwise around your pool rim and strip 2 and 4 counterclockwise.
If you have a flat surface, use mounting clips to secure the strips in place as you go.
If you want to mount the strips under your pool rim, drill small holes in the trusses approximately every 2 feet. Use cable ties to anchor the strip to the truss. You can also use speed nuts or cotter pins for strip anchoring to avoid drilling holes.
6) Turn on Power
Plug the power supply’s attached cord into an outlet, and enjoy your LED pool lighting system! Refill your pool with water, but make sure to leave space between the water line and the lights.
Additional products and info
For more LED pool lighting solutions, see our entire line of waterproof LED strip lights. Our large collection features single-colored, color-changing, and color-chasing options.
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