I had a very good handyman replace the two bulbs in my outside
electric eye fixture. The
bulbs work, but they do not "obey" the sensor. Handyman covered the
eye properly to test, but the bulbs did not go out. He cleaned up
around the sensor. Still no luck.
Backstory: This light was installed quite a while ago. It worked
fine (on at night, off at dawn) for years. Then it began to act up.
The lights barely lit up. Just a very faint, dim glow. BUT the
sensor was working!
So why, with fresh new bulbs properly installed, does the sensor not
Any advice appreciated.
New electronic two wire sensor made for incandescent load
used to replaced old three wire thermal switch (or relay)
sensor that worked with any load. Add a 40w incandescent to
the fluorescents or find sensor not marked "for
incandescent(or resistive) load only".
-- larry /dallas
Re-read the post, used wrong bulbs, or ballast is bad (dried
out caps). there are at least three types of bulbs these
days. Pre-heat lamps- used "starters". Rapid Start lamps-
no starters. The new eco lamps that are lower wattage and
work with the new eco or electronic ballasts- lower power
factor, usually rated 32w for what would have been a 40w,
smaller diameter- T8 instead of T12. There was another bulb
design but I don't remember it's name or characteristics.
Check Don Klipstein's pages.
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