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Photoelectric Control (Photo Eye), dawn to dusk, install

The photoelectric control (Ace Photo Eye), is on during the day. Do we need to 'set it' to recognize daylight or did I hook it up wrong on this new installation? It has a black, white, and red wire. Black is supply, White is neutral and Red is load. I connected black to black, white to white and red went to straight to the ground wire since there was nothing else to connect it to. The light is on and it is bright daylight.
Can you help?
Thanks!
Keith
Ace Hardware, Photoelectric Control (photo eye), #31668
http://www.acehardwaresuperstore.com/ace-photoelectric-control-4-1516-x-1-1116-x-1-p-19361.html?osCsid=430558681603561d9b40b2111b61b154

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  • dandkwilliam Nov 24, 2008

    Hi - there is no switch on this particular unit... thanks for trying... any other ideas?? I have 'direct wired' it so that my mother doesn't have to mess with switching it on and off at all...

  • dandkwilliam Nov 24, 2008

    Well - rewired per your direction; covered the eye for 2 minutes, turned off power and 'reset'... uncovered ... daylight... and the light is still on... arghhhh!!!

  • dandkwilliam Nov 24, 2008

    Well - rewired the black and red to the black; white to white...

    Turned off the power at the GFI breaker - covered the eye for 2 minutes, uncovered ... daylight... and the light is still on... arghhhh!!!



    any other ideas???



    Thanks for your ideas and help!

  • dandkwilliam Nov 25, 2008

    Hi--I tried that too. Frustrating. Cell must be bad. I'll take it back and try again. Thanks for your help. kw

  • dandkwilliam Dec 07, 2008

    I'm so sorry that we didn't get back to you all earlier! It seems that all it needed was to sit overnight to 'right itself'... and it is now working! We did the wiring, rewiring and everything else that was suggested. We had planned on taking it back - thinking it was a bad photo-cell... but... the next day it had fixed itself... guess it needed the night for an extended time to reset the cell... been working ever since.



    Thanks for all your help!

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Connectthe SUPPLY wire (Black) to the Photoelectric Black. ALL of the white wires - to lights and from supply and on PE - connect together
Redfrom PE goes to all light fixture black lines

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One mor try or the cell is bad.Bring your power source wires into your box outside where photocell is placed on your wall. Wire all connections there from your power source which comes into your box for photocell. That is black from source to black on photocell, white from source to white on photocell and white from light. Remaining wires from your photocell which is red goes to black wire from light . No way it can't work this way. Mine has worked well for a year.

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The black wire and the red wire are connected to the black house line and the white is connected to the white house line, there is no ground wire.
cover the "eye" with an electric tape, the light should come on, the light should go out when you removed the tape.
if you want, you can run the red to a GFI breaker and back to the black house wire.

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In that case you probably have no ground wire. Just twist the black and res wires toghter and then twist the two to the black hot lead coming from the house, then connect the white wires and you should be set.

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Most of the times you have a switch on the unit that says phot or constant something of the sort. You might have it set that the light stays on or goes on with the wall switch.Check to see if you have that switch on it or behind it. I hope this helps you out.

Posted on Nov 24, 2008

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