Older photocells in outdoor lights often don’t work with compact fluorescent lights, but new technology is available that addresses the problem. Get compatible photocells for your security lights, so you can save energy on outdoor lighting.
By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine:October 2008
Save energy and still use dimmers with
these flood, spot and decorative CFLs.
Homeowners have discovered that CFLs controlled by photocells don’t always work right. The problem is with the photocell, not
the bulb. The circuitry in older photocells
often isn’t compatible with the
ballasts in CFLs. But that doesn’t mean
you have to throw out the old fixture—
just retrofit it. We found a manufacturer
that guarantees its photocells will
work with all CFLs on the market.
Precision Multicontrols sells several
styles of photocells and you can buy
them at its Web site, precisionmulticontrols.com. Buy a weatherproof electrical
box or a three-hole floodlight
mounting plate and attach a stem-mounted
photocell in one of the openings.
Then connect the new photocell
in place of the old one. If you have a
lamppost, you can convert it with the
“button”-style photocell shown.
Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.
Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.
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