Wiring old street light


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Old 04-13-16, 10:53 AM
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Wiring old street light

Power company came out put up a new street light left the old one I took the old one down and now trying to wire it outside my smoker it has 2 wires one black and one white 10gauge wires that come out of the light when it was hooked up it work but would only come on after dark can I make it just come on or will it only come on after dark is it 110 or 220 how can I tell and what the best way to wire it to a breaker thanks for any help I have pics of the inside of the light and the it says 4 K.V pulse rated hid only where the bulb screws in thanks again
 
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Old 04-13-16, 11:12 AM
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Most likely it is 120V. Somewhere inside the fixture should be a tag stating the voltage required. It may have a multi-tap ballast, allowing it to be used at different voltages. You can bypass the photocell if you want to be able to run it during the daytime. From your description, it sounds like a high pressure sodium lamp, very common and reliable.
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Old 04-13-16, 02:29 PM
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Thanks I'm going to wire a plug on light and plug it up and see if it comes on after dark hopefully it will dont really need it on during the day so I'll see how that goes and go from there One more ? What size breaker would I need to wire it to
 
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Old 04-13-16, 02:38 PM
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Wire it up to a 15 or 20 amp circuit.

"Common standard" U.S. plugs and receptacles are for 15 or 20 amp 120 volt circuits only.

Be sure to use outdoor rated wiring if you install it outdoors.
 
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Old 04-13-16, 03:12 PM
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Thanks guys I know how to replace breakers and switches and stuff but about as far as I can go lol I'll update tomorrow see how the test goes after dark
 
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Old 04-13-16, 09:06 PM
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Ok everything worked fine after dark bulb came on and worked fine thanks for all the help I seen where I could bypass the sensor so it can be on during the day you guys where a great help and hopefully this will help someone else
 
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Old 04-13-16, 09:13 PM
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Good job. Let there be light. Thanks for letting us know how you made out.
 
 

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