“Poseidon strictly follows all electrical installation codes for swimming pool installation including dedicated electrical lines.”
Inground swimming pools require specialized skills in electrical installation because of the nature of the wet environment. Our electricians are specialized and experienced in electrical design and installation of swimming pool wiring. All of the electrical contractors as Poseidon Swimming Pools install everything in accordance with the National Electric Code meaning we are concerned about the longevity of your inground swimming pool as well as the safety of you and your family.
The electricians on staff are all licensed and ground all elements of your swimming pool with GFCI electrical connections conforming to code and safety requirements. Whether we are running electrical wiring to your inground swimming pool, your hot tub, your spa, or your cabana, Poseidon Swimming Pools keeps qualified electricians on staff to coordinate your electrical installation.
We want all of our customers to be knowledgeable about the entire swimming pool design and build experience. We have complied the following list of pool electric installation terms you will hear our installers saying. As always, if you have any questions, your Poseidon Swimming Pool representative will be onsite through the pool building process to answer any questions you may have.
Inground Swimming Pool Electrical Installation Terms:
- Amperage (amps): the actual strength of the electric current. It represents the volume of current passing through a conductor in a given time. Amps = watts @ volts.
- Arc (or arcing): passage of electric current between two points without benefit of a conductor. For example, when a wire with current is located near a metal object, the electricity might arc (pass) between the two.
- Bonding Wire: Important safety component of any pool or spa. Any stray current is conducted along this wire.
- Circuit: the path through which electricity flows.
- Circuit Breaker: A switch which allows manual override of an electrical circuit. It also automatically breaks the circuit when current fluctuations are detected.
- Conductor: a substance that carries electric current, such as a wire, metal, or the human body.
- Current: the rate of flow between two points.
- Cycle: a complete turn of alternating current (ac) from negative to positive and back again.
- Electrical Panel: a metal box which houses the bars and circuit breakers. Electrical panels can deliver 110 volts or 220 volts of electricity.
- Gauge: the size of an electric wire. Heavier loads can be carried on heavier gauge wires, however the numbering system of wire gauges works in reverse. A 10-gauge wire, for example, is thicker than a 14-gauge wire.
- Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI): The circuit breaker is designed to break the circuit when demand exceeds the rating of the breaker.
- Line: a wire conducting electricity.
- Load: an appliance that uses electricity.
- Motor: powered by electricity, this is the dry end of the filter pump that moves the water in your inground swimming pool.
- Relay: a switching device on a circuit that controls current flow in another circuit.
- Sub Panel: a separate electrical panel at the equipment pad that houses the breakers for your pool and spa equipment including the filter pump, air blower, underwater light/ electrical outlet (GFCI), timer clocks, landscape lighting, electronic heater, automatic cover, control systems, etc.
- Switches: Devices to control the operation of each appliance circuits. The breaker should never be used as a switch as it weakens the breaker.
- Timer Clock: a timed switch that turns on and off swimming pool equipment to save electricity and unnecessary wear on your swimming pool equipment.
- Volts: a basic unit of electric current measurement expressing the potential or pressure of the current. Volts = watts @ amps.
- Watt: a measurement of the power consumption of an appliance. One watt is equal to the volume of one amp delivered at the pressure of one volt. Watts = amps x volts.