Lamp Post Sensor

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Old 07-29-08, 11:50 AM
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Lamp Post Sensor

Last October we had a new sensor installed on our lamp post and it worked fine.

There is NO inside switch for this light, nor do we know which breaker it is attached to.

The light now comes on during a dreary day, and doesn't go off until sun is well up in the sky (east exposure, N.C. mountains). And of course it comes on early evening.

We do not have the "instruction" box for the sensor as it was not a DIY project.

Hard to believe it would be working improperly in less than one yr!

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Old 07-29-08, 01:46 PM
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Make sure the small glass lens on the photocell is clean. If it is extremely dirty, the dirt can "fool" the photocell into making it think it is darker outdoors than it really is. Also, is it possible to re-orient the lamp post slightly to aim the photocell more towards the southern sky? That would make it turn on later and off earlier. In answer to your question, yes it is possible that even a year old photocell could "go bad". Devices such as this are frequently imported and not built as well as they were years ago.
 
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