Automatic (light activated) outdoor lamp

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Old 11-23-05, 07:04 AM
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Automatic (light activated) outdoor lamp

I have a light on lamp post in my front yard which is supposed to turn on automatically when it gets dark. There is a light sensor on the lamp pole. I replaced the bulb with a new one and it does not work. Any ideas for a fix?
 
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Old 11-23-05, 07:09 AM
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Have you figured out where the problem is? Is there power to the pole? Is this a screw in sensor that goes directly under the light bulb? If so have you tested it?
 
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Old 11-23-05, 09:27 AM
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Sorry, newbie here. How would test whether there was power to the pole? I have a tester (i.e. two wires and little light in the middle). Thanks
 
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Old 11-23-05, 11:24 AM
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The sensor could have failed. You would need to take the fixture off the pole to gain access to the sensor.
 
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Old 11-23-05, 02:31 PM
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Understand that it is not darkness that turns the light on, rather it is light that turns it off. The normal failure mode for a photoelectric cell is that the light burns all the time rather than not at all. Suspect a lack of power to the pole.
 
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