Outdoor pole light problems

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Old 11-15-06, 11:04 AM
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Outdoor pole light problems

I have an outdoor pole light that will turn on, and stay on several minutes but then goes out. It will not turn on for about 15 minutes, but then will be able to be turned on again after a waiting time. The electric plug below on the light pole always has electricity available to it. Has anyone seen this before?
 
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Old 11-15-06, 11:33 AM
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Assuming it has a photoeye. If so, the eye is getting enough light on it when the lamp is lit that it is triggering - and turning the lamp off.
 
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Old 11-15-06, 11:52 AM
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It doesn't have a photoelectric eye. It has only a simple on off switch.
 
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Old 11-15-06, 12:58 PM
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What type of light?
Mercury or sodium lights will do that if the bulb or ballast is going bad.
Regular light could do it if the fixture has a thermal cut out and too large a wattage bulb has been installed. It overheats and cuts off, cools down and turns back on.
 
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Old 11-15-06, 01:46 PM
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It is a regular electric light with 3 candle bulbs. Perhaps the 3 bulbs are too high a wattage. I can't think of anything in the wiring itself that would cause this.
 
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Old 11-15-06, 03:57 PM
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If there is no photo eye there could be a thermal overload.

this would get too hot if the lamp size were to big. It would shut the lights off, then let them come back on when it cools.

try turning the light on, and leaving it on and see if it goes on and off (strobes) or what...

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Inside the fixture (where the lamps go) There will be a tag, This states the MAX size lamps and wattage for each. Match the lamps accordingly.
 
 

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