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Old 10-01-2010, 09:23 PM   #1
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WHAT IS IT??? Outdoor sensor switch attached to junction box?


Hey gang - new to the forums, just searched for this topic and no posts. Thank you for reading, really need your help.

I have what appears to be some kind of sensor hooked up to an outdoor junction box and I have no idea what it is. I know that it is broken b/c it turns on/off my driveway lights. When I hit it with a blunt object the lights come on sometimes. The outlets on the box work fine.

Does anyone have any idea what the heck this thing is? I can't find one on the internet to attempt to purchase a replacement. Please help!

See pictures below. Thank you!

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Old 10-01-2010, 09:29 PM   #2
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Yea its just a typical photo eye.

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You can find them at home depot or any electrical supply store
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That is photo eye sensor and they are not super expensive to buy it they run about 10 to 20 Euros depending on which brand it is.

The other thing is that circuit is on GFCI or not ??

Also you will need to buy inuse weatherproof cover due you have one broken or missing cover.

To replace the photo eye just follow the excat the same way with the old one and new one will land the same spots.

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GFCI... not sure. Thought about that one. I am going to replace the cover this weekend, but wasn't sure about the receptacle.

It's weird that you can replace this device at Home Depot, but I can't find it online.. like... anywhere.

Is a GFCI imperative here?
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Here what the in use outdoor receptale cover look like.



Many big box store will stock simuir to this but not the excat the same as photo due there are some are with plastic cover and some with metal cover as well so they will have one on hand and they useally about 10 Euros or so.

Now for the GFCI try find the breaker first to see if that go off then check the bathroom or kitchen or garage one of the three spot I know in Older homes unless it was rewired and brought up to the code and few case it will be on own circuit as well.

So that is a good time to check it out.

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OK, I will install that cover and just put a GFCI receptacle on that bad boy. Thank you!!!
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Make sure your gfci outlet has a WR rating for use in wet locations.
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It wasn't easy to find, but here's one from Home Depot:

http://www.homedepot.com/h_d1/N-5yc1...atalogId=10053
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I know that it is broken b/c it turns on/off my driveway lights. When I hit it with a blunt object the lights come on sometimes. The outlets on the box work fine.
Sounds like it still works to me why bother buying a new one, keeping beating it into submission.

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