Was it a coincidence or did... (Outdoor flood light question)

Discussion in 'Electrical and Wiring' started by TenTwelve, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. Jul 13, 2008 #1

    TenTwelve

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    ... compact fluorescent flood light bulb kill my outdoor fixture? One of my conventional bulbs dies so, I replaced it with a fluorescent and left the other conventional one in the other side. The fixture was set for dusk-to-dawn operation and now the conventional bulb is dead and the fixture stays on all day. Is it a coincidence that the thing is malfunctioning or did the fluorescent bulb do something goofy?
     
  2. Jul 13, 2008 #2

    glennjanie

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    Welcome TenTwelve:
    Its a coincidence; even though the two bulbs would draw drastically different wattages, the fixture has no way of knowing it. You might try locating the photo-cell and clean the lense. Sometimes it makes a difference but, if that doesn't help, a new photo-cell may be in order.
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  3. Jul 14, 2008 #3

    JoeD

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    CFL sometimes will not work in some motion devices. The devices draw minimal currnets through the bulb when off. Put a regular bulb in the other socket and it may work again.
     
  4. Jul 19, 2008 #4

    triple D

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    I would check the fixture for flourescent compatibility, most motion floods won't work with them. And as far as the bulbs go, they all burn out pretty close together, time wise. Good luck......
     

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