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Extending a solar cell?

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I had recently mounted a solar cell under the eave. The solar cell controls a bunch of lights including two post lights and four step lights leading up to the front door.

I guess I mounted the solar cell too high so it's under the eave and not getting enough sun so it's "in the dark" a lot.

I know I can move it lower. Is there a way I can mount a conduit to the box so the solar cell can be extended "further out" from the existing box? I don't think using an extension ring to push it out another 2-3" will make a difference, might have to be 10"-12" I think.
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The looks more like a photo cell (dusk to dawn) that a solar cell.
Also, that motion sensor should have a dusk to dawn sensor in it to prevent operation in daylight. (Or did you disconnect it.)

A lot of the fixtures/photo eyes sold over the years are not compatible with CFL/LED bulbs. Your problem may be your light bulbs. Your sensor may work fine with incandescent bulbs. Or buy a replacement sensor, but make sure before purchasing that the sensor is CFL/LED compatible.
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