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Solar Switch for gate light

Discussion in 'Do It Yourself (Not Computer-Related)' started by Braman, Dec 3, 2018.

  1. Braman

    Braman Thread Starter

    Dec 3, 2018
    I have a gate light that has worked with a solar switch to turn off during daylight hours and on during nightime for close to 50 years. It stopped working and so I bought a Woods Pro light control from Amazon and it looks the same as the old one and I wired it the same and as was instructed. The light keeps turning on and off. I tried the black electric tape trick over the eye for 1/2 or even longer several times but didn't work. Amazon sent me another one and the same thing happened. I went to Home Depot and bought a Defiant Photo Control that looks the same and it also does the same thing= on and off on and off on and off. Help!! Please
  2. SpywareDr


    Mar 30, 2014
    Try creating a bit of a shield between the light output and the photosensor so that when the light does come on, the photosensor doesn't see it and turn it right back off.
  3. Drabdr

    Drabdr Moderator

    Nov 26, 2007
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    SpywareDr is correct. In researching these devices, since the photoeye is so close to the bulb, the bulb can create issues.

    The Woods Pro Light should have some tubes in the package you can use to shield the eye.
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