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|12-16-2009, 12:17 AM||#1|
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Please Help with Outdoor Lamp/ Sensor
Your help on this would be greatly appreciated !
I have just re-wired/ re-socketed a 3-bulb exterior carriage light next to my driveway, since after 5 years' use, the sockets were corroded and therefore were shorting-out bulbs.
But, when re-connecting the light to its (5-foot-high) metal post, that has a light-sensor built-in (a 1/2" diameter, side-mounted photoelectric, brand unknown), I get this result:
> The House Power to the Lamp is fine/ the Lamp is lit when the House Power/ panel switch is on ...
> Unfortunately, the Lamp is lit ALL the time/ regardless of day or night, and will not shut-off on its own when exposed to any dim, or bright, daylight ...
> The only way to turn-off the light is at the house panel. The lamp will go off 100% of the times I manually switch it 'off' at the panel, and will come on 100% of the times I manually switch it 'on' at the panel, no problem there.
I'm guessing either I have the wiring wrong; or, the sensor is broken?
Prior to the re-wiring/ socketing of the rusted-sockets lamp, the on-off light sensor on the post WAS working fine every day and night. Maybe I've somehow damaged it during the re-wiring ...?
Here's the connection scheme I'm currently using to connect the house power to the switch/ lamp.
The House Power source has 3 wires total (Black, White, Ground/ Copper).
The Light-Sensor Switch has 3 wires total (Black, White, Red).
The Lamp has 2 wires total (Black, White).
1. House Power (3 wires total)
2. Light-Sensor Switch(3 wires total)
That's the whole deal.
Right now, there's back-and-forth trips to the basement every night/ day for my "automatic" light sensor lamp to instead be manually set on/ off.
ANY help/ approaches are Hugely welcome ... Thanks!!
|12-16-2009, 06:42 AM||#2|
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You can try reversing the red and black wires on the sensor. Maybe you got the hots reversed?
Black Wire ... to sensor Red Wire
Black wire ... to lamp Black wire.
If it turns out your sensor is broken, you can either buy a new one or install a timer switch on the line before it goes outside, like one of these:
Last edited by secutanudu; 12-16-2009 at 06:50 AM.
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