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Old 08-12-2009, 08:07 AM
 
Location: Lafayette, Louisiana
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Default dusk til dawn adaptor for fluorescent bulbs

I use to use a dusk til dawn screw in adaptor for my outside light. Every model I've found in the store states on the packaging that they are not made for fluorescent bulbs. Does anyone know if they've made one for fluorescent bulbs yet? Since the federal government has passed legislation requiring all light bulbs to be fluorscent, this is going to be a problem for those who have light sensing or timer adaptors.
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Old 08-12-2009, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC
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Since the federal government has passed legislation requiring all light bulbs to be fluorscent, this is going to be a problem for those who have light sensing or timer adaptors.
Not quite - bulbs are just required to become more efficient, which favors CFL and LEDs over incandescents, but energy improvements in some incandescents are coming.

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In December 2007, The United States enacted the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007, requiring all general-purpose light bulbs be 30% more energy efficient (similar to current halogen lamps) than current incandescent bulbs by 2012 to 2014. The phase-out will start with 100-watt bulbs in January 2012 and end with 40-watt bulbs in January 2014. By 2020, a second tier would become effective; which requires all general-purpose bulbs to be at least 70% more efficient (similar to current CFLs). Exempt from the Act are reflector "flood", 3-way, candelabra, colored, and other specialty bulbs.
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Old 08-12-2009, 10:52 AM
 
Location: In the woods next to the ocean
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Why don't you just upgrade your outside lights?

All of mine are CFL and have light sensors built in so they can't be turned on if it's light outside.

They were not very expensive.
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Old 08-12-2009, 03:01 PM
 
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crap, you mean not only do we have to stock up on R22 and ammo, now light bulbs too??!

Hey I found this-you may find what you need here-http://www.doorchime.net/dcnet-lighting-controls-dusk-dawn.htm
Is this what you want????

http://www.doorchime.net/product_images/dcnet-hs306.jpg (broken link)

  • Light Control with Timer.
  • Turns light on at dusk and off after 8 hours.
  • Unique design provides the ability to aim light sensor at strongest source of light.
  • UL listed for inside and outside in enclosed applications.
  • Use with 120V AC, 150 Watts max.
  • incandescent or fluorescent bulb.
  • Eliminates flickering that can occur at dusk or dawn.
Model Description Price
HS306 Automatic Photo Control
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Old 08-13-2009, 08:13 AM
 
Location: Sanford, NC
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Some CFLs also are dimmable(and now affordable) and designed to be compatible with photocells. Do a search for a site like "10000 bulbs" or similar, and you'll find a bunch of online retailers with good pricing on just about every special need bulb you can imagine.

Al
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Old 08-26-2011, 05:34 PM
 
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Default Dusk To Dawn Sensors

I recently changed from incandescent bulbs to CFL
(compact florescent bulbs) on my outdoor carriage lights
that are controlled by a light sensor. (Dusk-To-Dawn Sensor)
I noticed they are on during the day also. What's my problem?

Chazk4246
[email]piscesk4246@yahoo.com[/email]
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Old 08-26-2011, 08:17 PM
 
Location: Barrington, IL area
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Either the photocell is bad or it is not compatible with CFL's. Did it start happening as soon as you changed the bulb? Try putting an incandescent in there and see if the problem goes away.
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Old 08-27-2011, 08:33 AM
 
Location: The Triad (nc)
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Has *anyone* had success with these things?
(success = working and lasting)

I haven't seen anything short of the full on 24hr mechanical timer
(to keep it dark the other 10-14 hours each day that you need to change the pins on quarterly)
series wired with a quality photocell controlling that whole circuit do the job.

ymmv
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Old 08-27-2011, 09:57 AM
 
Location: SW Austin
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I have a CFL/dusk-to-dawn adapter combination that has been working for almost 2 years. It is outside my garage and has experienced temperatures between ~22 and ~107 degrees here in Austin Texas.

I will take a look and see what brand they are next time I remember, but I think the CFL was a Sylvania compact type (spiral) and the adapter I bought from either Lowes or Home Depot for about $10.
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Old 08-29-2011, 02:47 PM
 
Location: Keosauqua, Iowa
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Originally Posted by chazk4246 View Post
I recently changed from incandescent bulbs to CFL
(compact florescent bulbs) on my outdoor carriage lights
that are controlled by a light sensor. (Dusk-To-Dawn Sensor)
I noticed they are on during the day also. What's my problem?

Chazk4246
piscesk4246@yahoo.com
Either the sensor is bad or there's something casting a shadow on it all day. I'm guessing it's the latter.
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