I had installed one of the Home Depot motion detector lights about 3 years
ago and it worked fine until recently when all of a sudden it would not come
on except in "TEST" mode. I assumed the circuits were dead so I went and
bought a new one with more or less the same features.
Well new one is installed and guess what, no lights except in test mode. I
can turn the light switch off/on several times which is suppose to force the
light on, no go. Set it to 2 hr., 4 hr., no go. Set the sensitivity High,
Med, Low, no change. Seems nothing will make the light come on normally.
As far as background light goes it has not changed since the first unit was
installed. I even placed my finger over the photocell to see if I could
force it "dark" but that made no difference either.
I use a similar model, made by the same company and have found that the
photocell can "see" light through the front lens even when the p cell hole
is covered. Also I believe the bypass switch only works in the dark.
I got back on the ladder and did the following:
1. Covered the photocell with tape.
2. Turned all power off at the circuit and tested that power was off, left
off for 5 mins.
3. Set system back to "test" mode and it worked agian, duh.
4. Dusk, tried to get system to work, no go. Turned light switch off and on
twice ot force on, didn't work but did it like 10 times and then it finally
worked but the light stayed on for only a minute.
5. It is dark outside now, tape is on photocell, system is set to 2 hours
on - result = same problem, no light during motion that "test" mode
Guess I'll pull it tomorrow, take it back in for another. I really like the
remote trick so I hate to change models.
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