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Old 03-22-2013, 02:52 PM   #1
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Outdoor lights flickered and died?


Hi all. I just installed a nice new pair of outdoor lights outside my front door. I got some fancy pants looking ones from lowes. I took the old crusty ones down, and installed these new ones. They worked for about 3 days. The first next day, they worked fine. The second day, they flickered for a few seconds, but then seemed to reluctantly work.

The third day, all they would do is flicker. The fourth day they wouldn't come on at all, and haven't came on since. Is this just a bad connection? I'm pretty good at soldering and I could solder all the wire connections if I need to.

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Do no solder them, just go back and check for a bad connection.

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Are they PIR controled lights ?
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Not sure what PIR means. They do have a sensor though. They're set to come on whenever they detect movement, but only at night. However, they have several settings including always on, and no setting works.
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Hi all. I just installed a nice new pair of outdoor lights outside my front door. I got some fancy pants looking ones from lowes. I took the old crusty ones down, and installed these new ones. They worked for about 3 days. The first next day, they worked fine. The second day, they flickered for a few seconds, but then seemed to reluctantly work.

The third day, all they would do is flicker. The fourth day they wouldn't come on at all, and haven't came on since. Is this just a bad connection? I'm pretty good at soldering and I could solder all the wire connections if I need to.
A competent electrician can solve your problems. This is one of the many reasons why manufacturers tell the buyers of their electrical products to hire a qualified electrician to do the installation.
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There is no reason a DIY'er couldn't easily do this task. Its three wires. That's it. This is the "DIY" forum, is it not? I just have a bad connection somewhere. That's why I was asking if I should solder that way I could rule out bad connections on my part.
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Not sure what PIR means. They do have a sensor though. They're set to come on whenever they detect movement, but only at night. However, they have several settings including always on, and no setting works.
And you are saving energy for the good of the country with CFLs in them? If this is the case, the energy saving bulbs may have been fried by the "sensor". Check your connections and replace the bulbs with regular incand to test.
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You could have a go at resoldering the circuit board !
provided you can solder well !
But also check for simple things like
loose wires, loose contacts in lamp holder.
You will dissconnect it first wont you ?

"P" assive "I"nfa red "S"ensor.

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