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My malibu garden lights with light sensor turn on when it gets dark, but turn off after five minutes or so, then turn back on for five minutes or so, and repeats this process all night... why?

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Sensor might be bad of not in proper position and getting hit with light which make it go out then they come back on when its dark and on and off and on and off .

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