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  1. elementps
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    elementps Guest

    Hello,

    Have been asked to fit some garden LED light fittings, supply will be coming from fused spur, total load less than 1A. The customer wants a photocell switch fitted but also ability to override and manually switch on/off when desired.

    Anyone dealt with this before, would you have any wiring diagrams, descriptions?

    Many Thanks
     
  2. truckster
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    truckster Electrician's Arms

    Use a three position switch, one line to photocell, one to lights and third empty. So you have the option of the p/c operating the lights, a manual on and an off.
     
  3. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

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    i would wire the photocell normally then wire a switch across the Lin and Lout of the photocell. or use 3core/E from spur, 3rd core to supply L to Lout on photocell via switch.
     
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2011
  4. truckster
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    truckster Electrician's Arms

    Tel, that won't give a manual off.
     
  5. davelerave
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    i'm wondering why he'd want the manual on -if he has a photocell?


    timer and photocell in series i usually do
     
  6. truckster
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    truckster Electrician's Arms

    Ive got a similar arrangement and sometimes we don't want the garden lights on if the missus has her 'pretty' candles lights on the deck
     
  7. davelerave
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    ya- i mean overriding the photocell to bring 'on' the lites?


    what's the point of that
     
  8. truckster
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    truckster Electrician's Arms

    early evening bbq? just for pretties?
     
  9. chronyx
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    chronyx Regular EF Member

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    Don't some photocells have an override function built in? If you cycle the switch line on and off within five seconds they switch on permanently.
     
  10. davelerave
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    some pirs do

    never seen it on a p'cell
     
  11. pauljpickering8
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    Thats the way I've always done it, works a treat. Sometimes people want manual on if they know they have friends coming over so leave the light on all the time.
     
  12. telectrix
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    telectrix Scouser and Proud of It Trusted Advisor

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    oops. i missed the off requirement. either your way or a donkey jacket over the cell.
     
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