Wiring 2-circuit outdoor light to photocontrol


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Old 12-28-16, 08:09 PM
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Wiring 2-circuit outdoor light to photocontrol

I retrofitted a photoelectric switch to an old outdoor wall light that uses two bulbs to project light up and down. The photocontrol works, but the up bulb does not get power. I tried different bulbs, but still nothing. As part of the project, I replaced the old 2 circuit twin socket single bushing lampholder from inside the lamp with a new one from Satco. The old lampholder had two leads, black and white. The new lampholder has three, black white and red, which confused me. Currently the white from the wall switch is wired together with the white from the photocontrol and the white from the lamp. The black from the wall is wired to black from photocontrol. The red from photocontrol is wired to the black from the light. The red from the light is just capped, not connected. Any Ideas how to get the photocontrol to work with the up light?
 
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Old 12-28-16, 08:43 PM
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The new lampholder has three, black white and red, which confused me.
Please post a picture of the lamp holder. http://www.doityourself.com/forum/li...rt-images.html
 
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Old 12-29-16, 05:11 AM
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Hi, I love to see a pic of this socket,I replaced the old 2 circuit twin socket single bushing lampholder from inside the lamp with a new one from Sato,the 2 sockets should be in parrell i.e. Black tied to black and white to white ,white to the house neutral,blacks to the switch side of the photo switch.
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thanks for your responses!

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What is the part number and mfg. of that light socket?
 
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Old 12-29-16, 10:13 AM
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Satco 80-1081 Twin 2 Circuit Porcelain Socket w/Single Bushing Cap; 660W 250V

https://www.satco.com/80-1081.html
 
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Old 12-29-16, 10:23 AM
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That appears to be intended to use on two switches. One for each bulb. Try connecting both the black and red socket wires to power from photocell.
 

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thanks - I'll try it next time I'm at the property, and respond to the thread. I'm betting that configuration will give me the results I need.
 
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Interesting,never saw anything like that, I would agree R&B get tied together to the red on the photo switch.
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connecting both the black and red socket wires to power from the photocell solved the problem. The uplight looks cool - I'll share a picture when I get a chance. Thanks ray and geochurchi!
 
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Glad you got it. Thanks for letting us know.
 
 

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