Adding a photo sensor to existing outdoor lights

Old 06-13-10, 08:04 PM
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Adding a photo sensor to existing outdoor lights

I was wondering if there was a way to add a photo sensor to some of my outdoor lights. I have three lights on the front of my house that I would like to have come on at night for safety, but I don't want to forget to turn them off in the morning. Is there a way to retrofit a photo sensor on these lights? Unfortunately, the screw-in kind won't work, the bulbs are in a decorative canister that is opaque on its sides. Can one photo sensor control the whole group or does each light need its own sensor? How would it get wired in?

Thanks so much!

Old 06-14-10, 03:41 AM
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Yes, you can add the sensors to the lights, keeping in mind the switch will just be used to turn them off completely, as the photocell will do the final switching.
Tell us more about the set up, or post pix of the fixtures. It may be that you will need to add a junction box and sensor somewhere between the switch and light. Remember, even though the glass is opaque, the sensor is only detecting light, so if light goes out, it can also come in.
Old 06-14-10, 07:20 AM
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There are also wall timers that can replace a toggle switch.

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