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Eerie Orange/Red Glow Inside Floodlights (bulbs)

I have just installed the SH-5412 Heath Zenith Motion Sensor Light Control to replace an existing motion sensor flood light. While the sensors seem to work and turn the bulbs on full blast (you can see them get brighter) when they are not in use, there is an orange/red glow in the center of each bulb.

Should I be concerned about this? Is this what is considered the Bulb Saver technology? Will this generate a higher electric bill?

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  • Anonymous May 29, 2009

    It's exactly as the previous poster (tmorlock) pointed out. I just had the Heath Zenith Model SH-5525 installed and it works fine, but there is this orange glow in the halogen lamp which seems to be often present. I called the electrician, and he was mystified. It may well be by design, since other people have encountered the same difficulty. At least I hope it is by design


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I think this is by design. Look at the instruction manual and it should tell you. This doesn't make sense that they should be on, but they may have a reason for it in their design. Now to the bulb saver technology thought, you are mostly right here. There is a lot of "strain" if you will on the filament when starting it up and it does cause a weakening over time. You will notice that when a bulb goes out, it usually happens right when you turn it on. The same thought here. I suppose in this device, that a constant voltage (low) is better and more efficient than zero voltage to 120 volts. They probably take into account the sensor will be used several times a day thus making the need for this kind of set up even more demanding.

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