Electrical Question?"

Discussion in 'Homesteading Questions' started by Old John, Jun 25, 2005.

  1. Old John

    Old John Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Hi Y'all,

    I've mentioed before that we bought our Place a couple years ago as
    a "fixer-upper". We paid an electrical contractor a bunch, to go through the place and get it "Up to code".

    Here's the background. We have two Outdoor lights the come on at dark.
    One is the kind the local Electric company put up on the Power pole.
    I think it is not wired through the meter. It comes on every evening
    at dark.
    The other is a smaller light, I think from Lowes, on the front of the garage,
    above the door. It comes on every evening also. I did have to change the photo-cell, just after we moved in, because it was staying on. Now it's fine.

    The problem is, once in awhile, that I'm aware of.........Both Lights go out,
    completely. There is no flash. The power doesn't flicker. The lights &
    appliances in the house do not flicker. It takes a little while for them to
    cool off and come back on.

    They are NOT on the same circuit. There is no lightning. No flash in the sky.
    They just "Go Out!" Simultaneously, Instantly.
    Can anyone give me a clue about "Why?"
    It happened twice last night. It hasn't happened in about 6 weeks. It happens
    in the Winter and in the Summer. It doesn't hurt anything.
    It is just disconcerting.
    Thanks.
     
  2. townmouse

    townmouse Well-Known Member

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    hi, my husband is an electrician, I'll ask him to read this when he wakes up :)
     

  3. moopups

    moopups In Remembrance

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    The going off at the same time indicates it from the outside electrical source, the power line itsself. Second possiability is a car's light from a distance triggering the electric eyes, which sound more likely due to the house lights not blinking.
     
  4. NWSneaky

    NWSneaky Well-Known Member

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    I am an outdated E. Engineer. I agree with Moopups. You might check to see if there is available a photocell sensitivity adjustment on the fixtures; most likely the Lowes' unit --- when it goes off the power pole unit is affected.
     
  5. NWSneaky

    NWSneaky Well-Known Member

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    BTW Old John --- if there is not a sensitivity adjustment begin covering small portions of the 'detector' until it's how ya want it to work --- tape, tint, whatever is handy. (I intend the Lowes' unit BTW)