I have a low voltage landscape lighting system, powered by a transformer
that doesn't have day/light options. I would like to buy a unit that
senses daylight/darkness, and would provide 120 volts ac at a socket. I
would then plug my transformer into that socket, so that my lights would
only burn in darkness.
I don't know exactly where I would buy such a thing, or what I would call
it. I know of course that it is a photo-electric cell, but I have asked for
that at some of the major stores.
Can someone help me here ??
I put the ones at my old home on a timer PLUS a photocell, and have the
pole light here wired up the same.
Anytime its dark from 6AM till midnite the lights come on
automatically. This saves some energy wasted by all nite unnecessary
Wife leaves for work early light ON, we come home late light ON
Many PIR sensors have a timer or photocell that would do what you want and
come on when someone triggers the sensor. That could be you opening a door
at night - eg they come on automatically. Most allow a switch to override
and turn them on manually.
My experience with motion detectors very poor:(
Caused AC noise wiping out cvertain radio stations, very variablke
sensitivity depending on ambient temperature, sometimes car going down
street would trip sensor in cold weather, at other times you could walk
briskly by sensor and not trip it.
I prefer CK lights for l;ow energy use with timer and light sensors.
I am not looking for motion sensors. I am looking for a photoelectric
cell-switch, that will deliver 110 volts to an outlet. I would plug my 12v
transformer into that outlet.
I did search the websites of Smart Home, Home Depot, and Lowe's, and I
still do not find what I want. I don't think they are as easily available
as some folks think.
If you know where I could purchase one, please let me know.
Ok, here's what I am using. I have a
Smarthome 1132CU which programs, among
many other things, outdoor low voltage
lighting. An appliance module turns on
the 110 to the low voltage transformer.
The 1132CU, by itself, will do
"calculated" dusk and dawn for a
particular area in the country. If you
need actual light activations, and I do
that also, use one of the Smarthome X10
motion/light/floodlight units which will
send an X10 signal when it changes from
dark to light or light to dark. Mine
doesn't even have lamps in it. The
1132CU can be programmed to turn on or
off the lights when the X10 motion/light
detector detects a change. The nice
thing, you can even use a mix of
light/dark, motion and time to turn on
and off the lamps. BTW, if you don't
care about all the programmability of
the 1132, use just the X10
floodlight/motion/light unit with an
appliance module for the low voltage
Tried ebay? Search for photosensor..
Not sure if this is a plug in unit but it looks like it does what you
or the same link made shorter..
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