Outside lighting problem

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Our lighting set up at the front (installed by an electrican 3 years ago).

A lantern
Seperate to that a sensor.
The sensor was a hi lo one. It switched on at dusk lo & off at dawn. If someone approached the house it boosted up to a hi light.

It's gone funny, flashing on & off, so I've had to flick it off at the fuse.

We thought of disabling the sensor (DH removed & taped up the live wire from it), but it won't work at all. DH thinks the live feed to the lantern is linked to the sensor. Its all wired up into the loft.
DH has fiddled with the sensor settings & if its set to max, it will stay on all the time.

Do we replace the hi lo sensor?
Or set it to max (as it is now) & get one of those light sensitive low energy bulbs that turn themselves off during the day?

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  • keith969
    keith969 Posts: 1,571 Forumite
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    Why not replace the sensor?
    For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong.
  • MrsE_2
    MrsE_2 Posts: 24,162 Forumite
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    keith969 wrote: »
    Why not replace the sensor?

    I'm having trouble finding a replacement.

    I don't want a regular motion sensor that only comes on for movement.

    I want it on dusk to dawn & if it can go hi lo too thats a bonus.
  • keith969
    keith969 Posts: 1,571 Forumite
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    Does it have a make/model number on it somewhere? If you can identify it, you might find a source via google.
    For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple and wrong.
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    keith969 wrote: »
    Does it have a make/model number on it somewhere? If you can identify it, you might find a source via google.

    Tried that brings up nothing.

    Even if I can get a replacement, I want to use enery saver bulbs & they don't do hi-lo or diming AFAIK.

    So all I want is a daylight/nightime sensor I guess?
  • Antispam
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    I was looking at security lights other day and found out that bad weather can effect them sometimes

    I need a couple fitted for our house. I got one at front which works via solar energy and isnt bad
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    Antispam wrote: »
    I was looking at security lights other day and found out that bad weather can effect them sometimes

    I need a couple fitted for our house. I got one at front which works via solar energy and isnt bad

    The wires from the sensor run up the front of the house into the roof, I "think" the wires from the light run up inside the kitchen wall to meet them in the loft.

    I guess what we need to do is find where the sensor meets the light in the loft & disconnect it so the light works independently.

    Its far cheaper to run a low energy bulb on all the night hours than a motion actived hi lo which flicks between 60 & 100 watts.
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