My boss's $700 LED pool light broke and he wanted me to fix it. I figured I put an Xbee in there so he can have a wireless remote control to control it. He was hoping for individual R,G,B led control so I figured this would work well. My only concern is if the Xbee will have any trouble with range. I ordered the higher powered 60 mW wire antenna, https://www.sparkfun.com/products/8742
Now as far as I can tell there are no options to run any additional wires so the Xbee is a must. It is about 5 feet underground in a glass enclosure surrounded by water and cement/dirt I assume. What kind of range can he expect with a remote? Also the pool light has 12 volts AC and a ground wire. I am a real noob with radio stuff but is there anyway to increase the Xbee range by tieing the antenna to ground or to one of the 12 volt wires with some electronics or something?
I appreciate your time for reading this and look forward to your posts/suggestions.