Everyone knows water and electricity don’t mix. When installing or fixing your above-ground pool or inground pool for the summer, it’s best to leave the electrical pool wiring aspect to the professionals. After all, the wiring is the reason your lights, pump, heater, and pump timer are able to function. So yes, that means leave Uncle Fred, the body builder, out of it. No one wants a botched electrical wiring job for their brand new pool, especially when the weathermen are calling for a scorching summer this year.


Some people think putting in a pool means DIY to save on costs, but it’s actually the opposite. If you aren’t a professional in the electrical field and aren’t versed in code, you could end up spending more if anything were to go wrong. Let me break down the reasons and benefits for hiring a licensed electrician for your pool wiring needs:

  • Safety

Like mentioned in the beginning, water and electricity don’t mix. If you don’t know what you are doing and feel that looking up a DIY YouTube video will suffice, think again. Many electrocution accidents can occur when a professional is not hired to wire a pool. For instance, a licensed electrician needs to ensure safe grounding of the pool. If this is not done properly, a lightning storm or any type of exposed wiring could result in electrocution. Faulty wiring in the pool’s lighting fixtures can also result in electrocution, as water is able to get into the lights. If the pool is not GFCI protected, this poses another shocking hazard. Professional electricians know the safety protocols and understand the National Electrical Code (NEC) requirements for wiring a pool so that you and your family can enjoy your pool safely. It’s as simple as that.

  • Functionality

In order for your pool to function at its highest performance, it’s a good idea to leave it to the professionals. There are many electrical components to every piece of the pool’s equipment so that it can work hard for the summer. Electricians have the knowledge and most importantly, the understanding of the electrical components within the sub-panel, pump, lighting, GFCI outlets, etc. to be able to wire a pool. If you hire an experienced licensed electrician who has done many pool wiring projects, all of the components within the mentioned pool equipment that make up the pool’s “brain” will work at their utmost capacity. With the amount of time it would take you to begin the research for “how to install pool wiring”, the licensed master electricians at KB Electric LLC could have that magical body of water up and running before you know it.

  • Longterm Cost Efficient

If you don’t have your above-ground or inground pool wired by a professional, you take the risk of having to replace equipment multiple times due to incorrect wire sizing and loose connections, which can burn a hole through your pocket. Hiring a licensed master electrician who has experience in wiring pools ensures the job gets done right the first time.


In conclusion, when buying a new pool or needing your pool wiring serviced before summer, call a professional electrician who has the experience in wiring pools. This will ensure the safety for you and your loved ones without worry, and a summer full of fun. Our licensed master electricians at KB Electric LLC have the experience and knowledge to wire your pool today. Don’t forget that we service the electrical wiring for your pool as well. If anything needs fixing or replacing, always remember: water and electricity don’t mix! Call KB Electric LLC and let the professionals handle it, you won’t regret it!


Installation process of the pool panel
Finished installation of the pool panel

10 Responses to Pool Wiring – Reasons to Hire an Electrician

  1. Wow, I never knew that you should hire an electrician to help you wire the lighting in a pool. This was very interesting and helpful to me, because I am actually planning to install a pool soon. So thanks to this, I know will be a lot saver, and wont have to worry about getting the lighting all situated.

  2. I am so glad that I was able to find this! I am in the process of installing a pool in my backyard, and I really need some help with the lighting. I really appreciate you making me aware that it would be smart of me to hire someone to help me. I’ll definitely look into this!

  3. Thank you for taking the time t address the important benefits when hiring an electrician! I actually worked with a guy who provided electrical services for newly built pools, it is a really important job as we all know what happens when electricity and water mix. Electricians, in general, are really important, does anybody have any general electrician’s out of the Virginia beach area that they might recommend?

  4. I had so much fun digging the hole in my yard to prepare for my in ground pool. I agree, water and electricity can be a dangerous combination. I think I’m going to play it safe and have an electrician wire the electronics for my pool instead of doing it on my own.

  5. I like how you said, “Many electrocution accidents can occur when a professional is not hired to wire a pool”. I don’t want to put myself at risk of electrocution so I will stay away from my pools electrical wiring. I totally agree with you that it is better to just hire an electrician. I don’t think that I could learn how to properly perform electrical work from a YouTube video anyways.

  6. This is some great advice, there’s just too much risk involved with trying to install electrical equipment in or near a pool, especially if you have no experience. My cousin tried to do it on his own with his pool a few years ago, but stopped when he almost got zapped by a loose wire. Luckily, he was able to get help finishing the pool and it is a good thing he did as he also realized he had used the wrong sized wiring and would have frayed them our very quickly, ultimately costing him more to replace them.

  7. I’m sure if I tried to wire something myself, I would blow myself, or something up. Adding a pool in the mix would cause in a fatality for sure. So yes, I would likely get a professional to do it all for me. I can agree that I would probably save money in the long run too. This is great info, thanks!

  8. I’ve learned the hard way when it comes to trying to figure out electrical problems without a professional. I ended up shutting down all the lights in my home and it cost me big time in the long run. If you don’t know what your are doing when it comes to wiring, it is very wise to call a pro to help you.

  9. Wow, I had no idea that there could be so many different electrocution hazards if you try to install the lights on your own. Since I would have no idea how to check the grounding of a pool or anything like that, I’ll be sure to not try to make our new pool’s light’s a DIY project. Plus, my kid’s safety is more important than anything else, and I would never want to run the risk of them getting electrocuted!

  10. I have absolutely no knowledge of wiring. I can manage small projects like putting a bed together. When my pool is near completion, I’ll be sure to hire a professional company to come out and set it right.