Spa Start-up

Before you can start relaxing in your spa you need to get it ready by following these simple start up instructions and Brilliance® for spas product recommendations.

After the spa is filled, have the spa water tested by your Authorized Brilliance® for spas Dealer.  Balance the water according to the recommendations in this guide. Remember to also chemically clean your filter using Brilliance for spas Filter Cleaner. 

  1. Add Brilliance® for spas Metal & Scale Control with Soy Protein (prior to adding Brilliance® for spas Start-Up, Brilliance® for spas Oxidizer with Mineral Salts, Bromo Tabs or Chlorinating Granules).
    • CIRCULATE ON HIGH SPEED FOR 30 MINUTES, WITH BLOWERS OFF — DO NOT INJECT AIR.
  2. Add Brilliance® for spas Start-Up. (Only when using Bromo Tabs)
  3. Add Brilliance® for spas Oxidizer with Mineral Salts. (Only when using Bromo Tabs)
    1. If using Chlorinating Granules, add the initial dose of the Chlorinating Granules using the start-up table below.
    2. If using Bromo Tabs, fill recommended floater with Bromo Tabs. Adjust the flow of water into the floater according to manufacturer recommendations. Place the filled floater into the spa or hot tub.
      • CIRCULATE ON HIGH SPEED FOR 15 MINUTES, WITH BLOWERS OFF — DO NOT INJECT AIR.
  4. Using a Brilliance® for spas 5-Way Test Strip, test for either Free Chlorine or Total Bromine, depending on the product being used, as listed below:
    1. If using Chlorinating Granules, test the free available chlorine level and the pH level (range: 7.2-7.6).  If the free available chlorine level is less than 4-5 ppm, repeat Step #4 a as needed.  Once those levels are acceptable, and if the temperature is under 104° F, the spa is ready to use.
    2. If using Bromo Tabs, test the Total Bromine level (range: 2-4 ppm) and pH level (range: 7.2 – 7.8).  If those levels are acceptable, and if the temperature is under 104° F, the spa is ready to use.
Start-up Dosage Chart
Spa Volume
(in gallons)
Brilliance® for spas
Start-Up
Brilliance® for spas
Metal & Scale Control
Brilliance® for spas
Oxidizer

100
2
1/3
1/4

150
2
1/2
1/4

200
2
2/3
1/4

250
2
1
1/2

300
2
1
1/2

350
2
1 1/3
1/2

400
2
1 1/3
3/4

450
2
1 1/2
3/4

500
2
1 2/3
1

All measurements are in ounces.

Chlorinating Granules Start-up Dosages
Spa Volume (in gallons)
Brilliance® for spas Chlorinating Granules

100
1/4

150
1/4

200
1/2

250
1/2

300
3/4

350
3/4

400
1

450
1

500
1 1/8

All measurements are in ounces.