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BV002056

08:49PM | 09/10/13
Bvelectrical
Is there a grade difference between photocell switches and if so how do you determine the grade and what is good? I've had a photocell dusk-to-dawn switch installed on some LED rope lighting for a few years and the switch failed. I replaced it with what looked to be the same type and within a month it has failed. The photocell input is 120v, after the photocell is a transformer that drops the voltage for the LED lights. Because the photocell has failed my lights are not on 24 hours each day. I can easily replace the failed switch with another but I want a long term solution.

BV000193

06:28AM | 09/11/13
The photoelectric switch has to be rated for the load you're forcing it to carry or it will soon fail. Get it? Also protect it the best you can from rain.

BV002056

01:18PM | 09/15/13
I understand the load issue and agree. It seems that power surges was blowing my photocell. The previous photocell lasted about 5 years and it was designed for outdoor use but adding protection from the weather is a good idea. I've ordered an Industrial Grade photocell and will install it next week with some weather protection, hopefully this will do the trick
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