Exterior light-sensing fixture no longer works

dah328February 2, 2013

I have the following two-bulb exterior light-sensing fixture on the outside of my house that just stopped working. The bulbs are fine and the breakers are fine, so I'm assuming the light sensor went out. Is that sensor replaceable on such a light fixture? I thought the sensor would just unscrew, but turning it with a pliers just turned the entire mechanism on the inside of the fixture.

Inside of fixture:

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Hold the sensor body.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2013 at 9:40PM
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Turn off the power.

Hold the sensor body and unscrew the plastic ring nut.

Mark the wires (or mark on a picture of the wiring) what everything is hooked to (this one loooks pretty simple though).

Even a big box store should have the sensor.
If they do not an electrical supply house WILL have the sensor.
Take the old one with you, though they are pretty 'standard.'

Hook everything back up, turn on the power.

The one you have looks like a three wire unit (I can barely see a white that looks like it comes from the sensor).

Black is power in, red is controlled power out.

White goes to all the the whites (should be a white from power in, a white from each socket, and the sensor - make sure you use a large enough wire nut for the four wires).

Both lights have to hook to the red to be controlled (and the white in the box of course).

Red to black on the lights (or the bottom button on the bulb socket).

This post was edited by brickeyee on Tue, Feb 5, 13 at 12:42

    Bookmark   February 5, 2013 at 12:36PM
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