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Behind scenes of every beautiful pool, there’s a hardworking cluster of components running the show. From pool filters and heaters to chlorinators and pool pumps, these pieces — working together in the background — let homeowners and guests enjoy the water all season long.
But for pool builders and contractors, the story isn’t always as glamorous. Organizing a pool pad effectively can make or break a pool design both in terms of functionality and overall aesthetics. A disorganized pool pad can spell disaster.
On the other hand, creating a tidy space with easy access to all components can mean hassle-free maintenance and a clean look that keeps homeowners raving about their pool for years to come.
According to U.S. Census data, the average residential yard is roughly 13 percent smaller than it was a decade or two ago. While homes have gotten larger, pool builders and contractors have been tasked with adding new features and improving functionality with limited space.
Intermatic developed the new COMBOConnect Junction Box Transformer to help simplify the pool pad and streamline installations. The hybrid solution blends the simplicity of a standard junction box with the power of a 100 W low-voltage transformer, allowing users to do more with less.
The key benefit of COMBOConnect is its compact size. Its unique design requires 20-30 percent less space than traditional, separately-installed components. This smaller footprint equates to less clutter on the pool pad and improved aesthetics.
Pool builders have fewer items to hide or design around with landscaping and outdoor décor, while homeowners and pool service technicians have easier access to all pool components due to the additional space COMBOConnect creates.
The versatile COMBOConnect is listed and labeled per NEC 680.24 for use with pool and spa underwater luminaires and per NEC 411 for low-voltage landscape lighting. This distinction makes COMBOConnect code-compliant and compatible with a wide selection of lighting solutions. It’s a reliable choice for nicheless low-voltage lights in pool and spa applications, as well as landscape and fountain lighting needs.
Because COMBOConnect does the work of two components, contractors can save time on labor without sacrificing performance. In fact, the unit lets installers connect up to five low-voltage lights out of the box — one more than is common with larger junction boxes. It’s a win-win solution for homeowners and pool builders alike.
Building a new pool can easily be a $50,000-$60,000 investment. Naturally, contractors and homeowners want to do all they can to make the final product look good and maintain over time.
Adding COMBOConnect from the start lays a strong foundation while offering long-term design flexibility. The unit’s low voltage ports accept 16/2 and 18/2 AWG cord sizes, making it a highly compatible option that accommodates all major pool safety light manufacturers.
If plans change in the future, contractors can easily support extra lighting needs by daisy-chaining additional units through the two high-voltage openings of COMBOConnect. Whether a homeowner wants to add a few more nicheless lights to their pool and spa or expand their landscaping lighting displays, COMBOConnect can get the job done.
COMBOConnect is a dependable solution that helps pool builders and homeowners simplify pool and spa setup. There’s no limit to what’s possible with the additional space and increased functionality.
To learn more about COMBOConnect, contact your Intermatic representative today or visit Intermatic.com/COMBOConnect.
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