Outdoor Security Light Problem

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Old 01-06-14, 09:08 PM
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Outdoor Security Light Problem

I have bought a new security light with PAR38 lights. I had wired it to a heavy duty cord and plugged it onto my outside receptacle. Now, the light will only work under test, with it going off automatically. I cannot get it to work under the 1, 5 or 20 minute settings. Under those time settings, it does not go off.

It is one that is to go on when movement is detected.

Does someone know what I have done wrong, and how to fix it?
 
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Old 01-06-14, 09:42 PM
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If the light turns off when in test mode but not in fixed time mode... then it sounds like the unit is defective. Your wiring is ok or it wouldn't work in test mode.
 
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Old 01-07-14, 10:55 AM
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That is what I was thinking. Unfortunately, this is a replacement for the original unit that did not work. Guess I will have to contact the store and tell them about the second unit is also defective.
Thanks for the reply.
 
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Old 01-07-14, 01:41 PM
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I'd change brands or stores to get away from problem units
 
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Outdoor Security Light Problem Update

We replaced the security light with a new unit. Installed new PAR38 bulbs that was tried in the bad unit. Same problem. Found that the bulbs were the problem. Needed to install Dimmable Par38 which we also purchased. Those worked, so I notified the company this problem which they will make note of.
 
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Old 01-22-14, 11:19 PM
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Found that the bulbs were the problem. Needed to install Dimmable Par38
Glad you got it fixed, and thanks for letting us know.

Sorry we didn't catch that the first time. Most security lights require dimmable bulbs. It's not because of the motion detector, it's due to the photocell. Most photocells don't supply full power at first, and so only a dimmable bulb will work with them.

A good reminder.
 
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