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Old 12-25-2009, 08:42 PM   #1
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Fluro lights with motion sensor ?

I helped friend to changes ballast using new electronic ones for F30T12 bulbs, he has motion sensor in his batthrom for this lights and now when it's OFF bulbs still has some leftover small lights , and it's stays at least for 15min, it's full electronic sensor (at least doesn't have a click) when ON.

When you use breaker to turn all power to OFF it's gone, so I assume it caused by this sensor.

ANybody can advice how Fluro Lights works with this sensor ? doesn't it make sence, because looks like his ballasts (old magnetic) lasted 2 years max.

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Old 12-25-2009, 09:06 PM   #2
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You need a motion sensor that uses a neutral and is rated for fluorescents.
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Most magatic ballast is not much issue but the electronic ballast that is the issue there and you will need to change the motion sensor to have netural conductor in there and have to be rated to work with flourscent luminaires.

Before you jump on this check the switch conferation if you have power at the switch box or not the quickest way to tell is the numbers of conductor in the switch box if you only have black et white then you got switch loop if power there then it will make it easier to get this hook up and function properly.

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I tried using a motion-sensor light switch with a fluorescent light in my house. The switch was rated for fluorescents, but it led to some serious buzzing from the light, and a standard light switch didn't buzz. I didn't really need the motion sensor there, I was just doing it to try one out...so I never bothered looking into it.

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