Life-Bulb Remote Control Troubleshooting Tips


A23 Battery is required for the remote control. This is a very common battery that can be purchased at Home Depot, Lowes, Walgreens and many other stores.

Click here for the Remote Control Button explanations

Remote controls for LED pool lights use a radio frequency (RF) signal to communicate with the light. While RF signals are unique in that they can transmit through water, it is still very limited and sporadic. Additionally, RF signals can be inconsistent since there are numerous environmental situations that can interfere with the signal.

If your pool light fixture is made of metal, the remote control will be very limited. This is because the metal housing surrounding the bulb interferes with the signal preventing it from reaching the light bulb. That said, every pool is slightly different .....some cases it will work 10 or 20 feet away. In other cases, you may have to use one of the methods below.

Method 1:

Hold the remote control next to the pool light's existing ON/OFF switch. This allows the RF signal from the remote to travel to the light through the electric wiring (even with metal light fixture). This usually works as long as you do not have an illuminated switch. It's possible that there may be a separate electric junction box between the switch and the light. If this is the case, you can try holding the remote next to the junction box as well.
Here is a link explaining the remote control button functions. Also, make sure the battery is properly inserted into the remote. The little red light will illuminate when pressing a button (the on/off switch on the right side of the remote should be in the down position).

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Method 2:

Switch Control: All of our remote control lights are designed to also be controlled using the pool light's existing ON/OFF switch. By turning the switch ON and then OFF again (within 5 seconds) repeatedly, the light will cycle through all of the static colors and light show modes. The first time using the light, you may have to repeat the ON and OFF again sequence several times until it starts to change modes. Once the switch control function has been activated, it will follow the same order as on the remote control. Once you have found the static color or light show mode that you want, simple leave the light ON. After 3 seconds with the switch in the ON position, that color/mode will be stored in memory for the next time you turn the light on. If you want to change colors in the future, simply repeat the process described above.
note: If you have an illuminated type of on/off switch that controls your light niche, the switch control may not work. The reason is that these switches send a constant electrical current to the light (even when in the off position). This prevents signals from getting to the LED. We had a customer who bypassed the switch with a basic on/off switch and the light works fine. If you decide to stay with this type of switch, no color-changing LED light that requires similar controlling will work.

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Method 3:

This is not an ideal method, but it will help to determine if the issue is indeed the signal not reaching the light due to the metal fixture. Place the remote (antenna closed) in a sealed ziplock and jump in the pool. Hold the light centered in front of the glass and choose a color.

If your light still does not change colors after trying these methods, please contact us and we will respond promptly. Please include your phone number if you want us to call you for expedited service.

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