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Old 06-05-2012, 10:53 PM   #1
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My new house has a double set of outdoor lights on a front corner and also a corner in the back. Many neighbors have these.

What are they?

I still haven't figured out all the switches. Many bulbs in the house were burned out and I've replaced them and I think these may be burned out cause I never see them come on.

Could they be motion lights and if they are do motion lights have a switch. I took one out today to take to HD and match up with a new one before I invest in 4.

Then it rained and I hope rain didn't get into the empty socket, but I figured since they're outside they're probably moisture proof ?

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Post a picture, if there motion lights there has to be some sort sencer near the light.

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My new house has a double set of outdoor lights on a front corner and also a corner in the back. Many neighbors have these.

What are they?

I still haven't figured out all the switches. Many bulbs in the house were burned out and I've replaced them and I think these may be burned out cause I never see them come on.

Could they be motion lights and if they are do motion lights have a switch. I took one out today to take to HD and match up with a new one before I invest in 4.

Then it rained and I hope rain didn't get into the empty socket, but I figured since they're outside they're probably moisture proof ?
Sorry, crystal ball in the shop.

Can't tell what they are from here. The picture you posted is far too faded.
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speedy, thanks for starting my day with a smile.

Ok, photos coming right up.
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Ha. Discovered a light switch in the garage that operates the front flood lights. Then looked for a switch for the back flood lights and found that one in the living room.

Eventually I'll have these fixtures replaced with motion lights.
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I just had to come back and say I LOVE these flood lights on the corners of my house. They light up both sides and front and back.

When I get home after dark I'm always afraid someone is hiding in my yard behind a shrub. I turn on ALL the lights and peek out and I feel so much safer.
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I just had to come back and say I LOVE these flood lights on the corners of my house. They light up both sides and front and back.

When I get home after dark I'm always afraid someone is hiding in my yard behind a shrub. I turn on ALL the lights and peek out and I feel so much safer.
Buy a gun. It's cheaper than using the electricity and a much better deterrent.
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My new house has a double set of outdoor lights on a front corner and also a corner in the back. Many neighbors have these.

What are they?

I still haven't figured out all the switches. Many bulbs in the house were burned out and I've replaced them and I think these may be burned out cause I never see them come on.

Could they be motion lights and if they are do motion lights have a switch. I took one out today to take to HD and match up with a new one before I invest in 4.

Then it rained and I hope rain didn't get into the empty socket, but I figured since they're outside they're probably moisture proof ?
Could be
1 - No power, ( not switched on )
2 - Faulty lamps or lamp base.
3 - Faulty motion sensor.

Start by replacing the lamps.
Then check for power at base if not working (tester).
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Could be
1 - No power, ( not switched on )
2 - Faulty lamps or lamp base.
3 - Faulty motion sensor.
Start by replacing the lamps.
Then check for power at base if not working (tester).
See posts #5 & #6.
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Buy a gun. It's cheaper than using the electricity and a much better deterrent.
If you want to hit your target, you need good lighting!!
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If you want to hit your target, you need good lighting!!
Not if you have a shotgun, just aim in the general direction and fire; oh and hope you live out in the country...
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If you want to hit your target, you need good lighting!!
Night vision sight then the target doesn't know to run.
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Ha. Discovered a light switch in the garage that operates the front flood lights. Then looked for a switch for the back flood lights and found that one in the living room.
Damn, I thought you found the lights for my two mystery switches
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I have these on my home too, they're security lights. Mine have 3-way switches on both floors of the house for the sets on the corners. As to their resiliency, I have a set of spotlight bulbs that are in mine that have been there since the house was built in the early 1990's. Hailstones broke the front glass in the bulbs -- I found it lying on the sidewalk one morning... but the bulbs still work to this day.
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