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#943039 - 08/05/18 10:12 PM Porch Ceiling Fixture with Photocell
tom07 Offline

Registered: 04/19/04
Posts: 781
Loc: Massachusetts
I would like to replace my porch ceiling fixture with one with a photocell so that I can leave it on when away without having it on during the day.

I do not want a motion detector, just a photocell. The dusk to dawn adapters don't work because the current fixture is a globe fixture and light from the bulb reflects off the globe and triggers the photocell to turn the bulb off, and it cycles (blinks).

There are a lot of wall fixtures out there that meet this requirement but this has to be a ceiling fixture and I can't find one.

Any suggestions?


#943040 - 08/05/18 10:35 PM Re: Porch Ceiling Fixture with Photocell [Re: tom07]
RCovell Offline
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Registered: 09/27/03
Posts: 6615
Loc: Jayhawk Land
If you can't find a suitable ceiling mount, photocell controlled fixture, could you use the fixture of your choice and add a remote photocell to the circuit to control it?

I did that years ago on a house that had a deep overhang on the front door.

A second option would be to replace the hopefully single gang switch with a timer style switch. Check your connections as these switches often need a neutral wire in the j-box. The sophisticated timers will even track the sunrise/sunset for you.



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