In my neighbourhood we don't have big ole strret lamps, there's a post lamp near the end of everyones laneway thats controlled by a photocell at the back of the house. Lets just say mine aint working.
I have removed the cell, measured the voltage at the cell and as expected got 120V. I put a piece of duct tape over the sensor and then went out front and only measured 75V. I went out back, removed the cell entirely and just tied the blacks and whites together so the cell was totally removed from the equation. I still only read 75V at the post.
I understand that there's voltage drop to take into account, but there shouldn't be that much voltage drop. The total run is probably about 60 - 80 feet. The wire is about 14AWG.
(When I moved into the house I found a bunch of fragments from previously exploded bulbs in the fixture. So I think this under voltage problem may have been around for a while)
Anybody have any thoughts? I've considered trying a solar post lamp but can't seem to find one.
Thanks in advance. Matt