I installed a remote controlled automatic sliding gate last year which has a
240v output feed for a courtesy light which is latched on for approx 15
minutes after operation of the gate, either closing or opening.
I have bought myself a couple of bulkhead lights to connect up to this but
the missus wants them wired up so that they only operate during the hours of
Can anyone please give me some advice as to the best possible way to do
Thanks for any input,
I was after something a bit more user friendly than a circuit board though
( I'm a bit lazy) :)
I've looked at the low energy bulbs with built in sensors but I reckon the
warm up time would negate the whole idea of instant light when arriving home
in the dark, thanks anyway.
If it works the same as a similar one I have (no longer manufactured),
you can wire it in series with your lights and when it gets a supply
from the gate controller, there will be a second or two pause and then
the lights will come on (if dark enough) or not (if in daylight). I
needs a neutral as well as line in and out.
Obviously it needs to be sighted where it won't be directly illunminated
by the lamps...
Mine was a lot cheaper, so worth shopping around.
Thanks for the link .......I hadn't given a thought to the light given off
by the bulkhead lights when in operation affecting the sensor so that may be
another problem, maybe i should look at a timer system instead....?
The hours of darkness do vary greatly over the year.. Plus it can be a
nuisance if there is a power failure and the clock loses its settings.
An ambient light sensor is arguably a better solution - it doesn't
matter if a little light from the lamps falls on the sensor, as long as
it isn't looking directly at the bulb.
I assume "the missus" wants to save a bit of electricity, in which case I
would have thought reducing the 15 minutes to, say, 3 mins would be a far
more effective solution. (If it's not adjustable, I'd want to know why
And if that's not feasible, you could simply take a feed from the local
street lamps :-))))
The gate motor is from Italy as far as I can tell and I can't make a hell of
a lot of sense of the installation instructions - let alone the wiring
diagram, I think 15 mins is a bit too much too but I'll probably end up
sticking with it and putting in a couple of low energy bulbs in the future
to stop me feeling so guilty about wasting electricity.
No streetlamps within 100 metres I'm afraid so the cost for cabling would
outweigh the cost of electricity :)
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