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Old 10-07-2014, 04:13 PM   #1
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This lamppost must be 30 yo like the house.

Its had a yellow bulb that goes on dusk till dawn. I don't know where the sensor is but that probably doesn't matter.

It just stopped working.

The bulb had to be 4 yo. I took the top off and I see there was a curly bulb inside of a yellow case. The yellow case is broken.

Can I just buy a replacement yellow bulb and throw away the broken yellow case? I searched bulbs at Home Depot and didnt see any with the yellow case.

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Old 10-07-2014, 04:15 PM   #2
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Old 10-07-2014, 04:34 PM   #3
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You can buy yellow bulbs like that and not need the cover.
The sensor is what that bulb is screwed into by the looks of it.
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With the broken yellow glass I want to turn the breaker off when I take the old bulb out. But, no breaker is labeled "lamp post". Several breakers are labeled "lights".

So would it hurt if I just turned the main breaker off? I sure don't want to mess anything up.
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Yes you can turn off the breaker. Just unscrew the whole thing.
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Aha, just noticed a little circle, a few inches below the light, on the post facing south and now know that is the sensor!
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If the sensor is separate from the light bulb itself ?
Then just buy another yellow CFL lamp
And screw it in
Get the biggest one you can
I think they call them BUG lights ?

Get a good quality one
so you can forget about it for a good number of years again.
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Get a good quality one
you can forget about it for a good number of years again.
Not sure there's much in "high quality" bug CFLs. But the typical $5 one from orange box last at least a couple years of always on for me.

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