I don't know if this will help you. But I had some lights for exterior use that were motion sensored. But I could also flip the switch real fast , off and on again, and the lights would funtion as a regular light. I could turn it off and on. When I flipped the switch real fast again it would go back into motion mode.
It may be possible your photo eye light has the same feature.
Has anyone found a way to fix this? I'm on my second set of three. All of them stopped working after the bulbs were replaced. They are the correct replacement bulbs. I still have the boxes so I can return them with no problem but it's a pain that rather than replacing the bulbs I have to replace the whole fixture. I say I can return them with no problem since I was told by two people at Home Depot (which owns the Hampton Bay brand name) to keep the boxes so when this happens they'll take them back.
Yeah, I replaced a bulb, and it burned out a few weeks later; I replaced it again, and it stayed on all day. When I got home, I changed wattages on the bulb and shined a flashlight at the photovoltaic cell to see if it turned off, and it was GLOWING ORANGE. I couldn't believe it at first, but it looked like a cigarette that was being dragged on, and the plastic melted. I ran for the switch and took it down. I'll call Hampton Bay and/or bring it to Home Depot and see what happens.
I've now owned 10 of these and have only had 1 which worked after a changed lightbulb. Right now I have 2 that no longer turn off automatically and 1 that is still working. I'm trying to find another photosensitive light fixture I like the look of. Once I find one that I like I'll be getting rid of these. They're not really worth the hassle or the insurance claim if one manages to burn my house down.
I had one melt which Home Depot offered a refund for with no hassle. I expect when you take that to the store you won't have a problem.
I own three of these lights and all of the sensors failed after the first bulb replacement. I took them all back and am now on my second set of three. Only one of these is now currently working. The best way to fix this problem is for everyone to take back their lights and ask for a refund. Home Depot will eventually get the picture that they have a quality issue here.
Interestingly, Home Depot now sells replacement photocell switches for Hampton Bay - Bar code: 0 46335 83481 for $7.90. Hmmm. Are they just trying to get another $8 bucks from us or is there a problem here. I picked one up - they're made in China so I'm not holding my breathe.
When a lamp blows it can offten short circuit therefore if the switching component be it a relay or triac is not big enough to substain the extra load will become damaged. usually welded together making the new lamp stay on. Also switching filament lamps on and off regually shortens the lamp life so lamps on PIR detectors don't last that long. Acetek electrical manufacture a dusk to dawn to fit into outside lights its call Cyclops 232 and is used in the outdoor signage industry because it is reliable. you maybe able to fit this to your outside lights.