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Exterior wall lights with ambient light sensor?

Discussion in 'Electrics UK' started by brettjbuckley, 17 Jan 2005.

  1. brettjbuckley

    brettjbuckley

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    I'm wanting to install 3 or 4 exterior lights around the sides of the house which automatically come on when it starts to get dark and stay on until daylight.

    I first considered having them all powered from the same point which had a timer plug on it, but this would then need adjusting throughout the year.

    Other than the 500W security light variety, I cannot find any regular wall lights (100W) that are light activated.
     
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    I have seen many 500W floods with PIR's, but never any with photocells.

    But there are many fittings with photocells built-in in various different designs (drum, bulkhead, coach lantern etc) or you can buy a stand alone photo cell and wire the output to ordinary fittings.
     
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    Waste of electricity.

    Waste of lamp life.

    Bad for the environment in terms of energy consumption and increased manufacturing, transport and disposal of lamps.

    Don't do it.
     
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    Don't do what?

    Lamp life can be increased by using CFL's.

    A lot of comfort and security can be drawn from all-night illumination, especially for the elderly. Why do sheltered housing complexes use CFL's on a photocell?

    I think your response is a bit OTT, Ban....
     
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    You won't think so when they introduce a carbon tax....
     
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    all night lighting is one thing but you sure as hell don't want to be doing it with halogens or normal incandescents.

    incandescents can start quickly (which is a big advantage) but have a terriblly high power consumption when running you need to be using stuff like CFLS or sodium lamps or LEDS
     
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