when it gets bright don't put yur sunglasses on 'cause it's bright... that's what makes the light look dim... so with the glasses on it's dim and ya take the glasses off and it goes bright... it's too bright so ya put the glasses back on... now it's dim again... so ya take the glasses off and it's bright again... too bright ya say so ya put the lasses back on... Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming. The first course of action is to simply change the bulb. That 5hit Well-Known Member. LOL. also i have seen recessed can lights in a kitchen operate this way from thermal overload, if ur lamp is old it could be that u need a new lamp i work in street lighting firm and it happens regulary we call it a flasher! I have a sodium yard light (alot like the ones on a telephone pole for street lighting) and it is shutting off and then turning back on all thru the night. I did climb up there and unscrew the bulb, clean up the base, and replace it. posted by rouftop at 7:10 AM on October 21, 2008 Im putting one on my shop next replacing the two spot lights on motion. 15 ... the lamp will exhibit cycling on and off characteristics. It has worked fine for 15 years, all of the sudden the light is going on and off, changed the light bulb, still does it. Bedroom 2: Same problem. They were extremely lucky it didn't just keep going, over the cliff...They got it back on the road, amid enough cussing, fighting, and yelling, to equal the first couple of days of actions in Iraq.As they were about to start piling back in I said, "You wouldn't have that problem if you didn't drive so fast. http://www.e-conolight.com/Product/EFamily.asp, Fine Homebuilding – Dec 2020/Jan 2021, Issue #296, Podcast 312: Pro Talk With Emily Mottram, Pt. Thank you, Stuart.In my experience, although that mercury vapor lamp may be cheap to buy, it costs a lot more to run than my high pressure sodium. This could happen if the power hiccuped just so. I replace an old outside light fixture with a new Area dusk to dawn fixture. I have no experience with them so I don't know if they're good or bad, but they sell various kinds of exterior light fixtures for pretty low prices. They WILL respond, and when they do, the police have to follow. It partiall blocks light from directly above, and at the same time, reflects light from the direction that you choose.I will either completely remove that reflector, or I will paint it flat black. (I had a mercury vapor first. Everything seemed fine for a while but over the years each room has generated problems. If so, if I have to, I can leave the tape on it, and just turn it off and on with a wall switch. By the way, the bulb is shot, happens all the time. This site contains user submitted content, comments and opinions and is for informational purposes only. It does go throgh the loud hum, warmup time, where it is dim for about a minute. The web address is http://www.e-conolight.com/Product/EFamily.asp. If a security light is not turning off the way it is supposed to, you can reset many systems by toggling the power switch "on" and "off". ROFLMFAO !! I have a 600 watt HPS light that is shutting off and turning back on in my flowering tent. Thanks all. Lastly, flip the light switch back on. Now only one works. I just put in a brand new bulb a month ago. For a better experience, please enable JavaScript in your browser before proceeding. One way to check this would be to check the cycle time when it gets dark at night and then again just before it starts getting light in the morning. I found it hard to believe the light is as cheap as it is ; 24.88 walmart , and farm supply store had them on sale for 19.99. The sensor is built in.I am experimenting tonight, though.At dusk, I got up there and cleaned off the sensor. It could be that your ballast is burning hot and temporarily shutting the light off. But it has been coming on, getting bright like it should, then turning real dim for a while. They're trying to adjust the light levels so they can get better pictures of your movements at night. If you have any questions about the video, please post them in the comments below. I think I could actually work under one of those things. Back it up a few feet, you'll be good to go. ROFLOLNo air force bases.Must be them dang UFOs.I'm figuring the bulb alone if going to cost plenty. Electrical advice - lightbulb keeps turning off of its own accord! It is easy to be friends with someone you always agree with.Free Sancho ! This will eliminate any visual or connection issues with your high-pressure sodium ballast. (When you buy Gunner for 3 easy monthly payments of just $1.50). Yes.It seems that if it was the ballast or any other standard thing, it would either alwys be bright or always dim.Also.. it is not actually going off. I need a tinfoil hat because I am asking for information about a yard light ??? So I go to my account, notice that the VPN subscription is on auto-renewal. Then it will go back to being bright. Ok, before I get started, I have to say, yes, I know I am probably going to have to climb up there and take the light down for further inspection. After disconnecting the battery, connecting it, starting the car, I drove it. I don't think it would come on, and stay that way for a while, then get dim... Then bright again. I didn't think they'd hear me, but didn't really care if they did...They started swarming toward my place. It's those men in black helicopters. Guy at the electric supply house told me to try changing the bulb first. Remove the lamp. I have already updated my TCL to its current version but, it still keeps crashing and turning on and Jul 18, 2009 #1 What would cause my lights to go on and off at about 3 minute intervals? "BABOOM !Whacko yoots all over the place.I said it in conversational tones. Too bad I can't walk in my yard for another 5 months... Well, if it is the bulb, I suppose I'll find out in a few days when it finally burns out. gie it a min to stop working and the pump resets itself and resumes normal operation. Edited 3/8/2005 7:43 am ET by TIMMOONEY52. Another possibility is that some glare from the lamp is getting back into the electric eye and causing it to switch off very briefly, after which it goes through the whole startup cycle again. If that didn't work I could just return the bulb. !Once again, you show impeccable logic. It never actually goes out, just gets really dim. Why does my mercury vapor yard light keep turning it self off & on? Then comes on bright and works it's way to it's brightest.And when it is dim, it is humming loudly just like it does every time it comes on, and is still dim.Although at this point, it is still up in the air. Free Sancho ! You can purchase what is known as a Dusk To Dawn Light. I … An hour or so after sundown and the photocell has turned the light on, but then the light turns off for about 10-20 minutes, then it comes back on again. This light is run with a digital ballast. The reason it gets dim is because it's going through the warmup sequence. Then back to dim, etc. When it heats up, the heat aggravates whatever is wrong with the sensor, so it shuts down, not all the way down, but enough to let it cool off. JavaScript is disabled. (When you buy Gunner for 3 easy monthly payments of just $1.50). Then, I put two layers of aluminum tape over the sensor.After a couple minutes, the light came on, and stayed on. If a photocell's characteristics have changed with age or if the settings have been changed inadvertently, the security light may not turn on or off. luka i thought you might put them to use  somewhere else. The lights may also be turning off frequently at night because the sensors are detecting the light from other sources or from the lights themselves. It shifted late and then the overdrive light kept turning on and off. Make sure you turn off all power first to safely remove the lamp from the location. Replaced the bulb and it has worked fine ever since. They are available at many home improvement stores. © 2020 The Taunton Press, Inc. All rights reserved. LED lights glow when switched off. Why did my light fixture start turning off and on randomly? Throwing things. Didn't make any difference. Replace ignitor. Start your subscription today and save up to 52%. LOL, I have a high pressure sodium yard light. How's about anonomously tipping off the poleleece about the meth lab? Seems if it was just the bulb, it would have gone on cycling...I've locked the stuff up. I will put tape over the light when I go out in the morning. he he he It would even be worth the extra shipping. Explain why I want it turned off - slow speed and the frequent need to log back in. The sodium vapor strikes an arc over 240 C. The sodium is mixed with other impurities to create a more "white" light. Bedroom 1: After a while 3 of the 6 lights would turn off then come back on every now and then. Yelling, cussing me and everyone who lives out here. If the problem isn’t identifiable, please call a professional to repair your lights. An electrical arc jumps between the two electrodes in order to produce light. After visual inspection, many growers find that some lamps in their greenhouse either aren't operating or aren't doing so at full brightness. Buy light bulbs less often; Turning off the Lights: The 15 Minute Rule. No the normal blue.). At end of life, high-pressure sodium (HPS) lamps exhibit a phenomenon known as cycling, caused by a loss of sodium in the arc. You can unscrew the new ones and change them. I misunderstood the situation. Several times. They won't even come out and look.Seriously.And they as much as said so.Best bet I have is to catch them cooking, and call the fire dept. (When you buy Gunner for 3 easy monthly payments of just $1.50). I have a high pressure sodium yard light. ; )The light will obviously not stop the thefts. Check the porcelain holder for any signs of deep cracks or breaks. Bulb included. Get complete site access to expert advice, how-to videos, Code Check, and more, plus the print magazine. LOL. Or it would turn off. I never said it would.But it does give me the advantage of being able to see the thief, if I ever have occassion to be out there when they are here.Plus, I do think that without the light, they would already have stolen a lot more than they have. If the lights off, they cant see your stuff, and they wont think you have anything worth protecting with a blinding bright light. Be easier if it wouldn't turn on at all. All late teens, early 20's. I'll leave it another couple days, I think. If not, check for a crack in the sensor that lets light in to the photocell. I'm really sick of this bullshit happening!!! These lamps reduce growth and increase electric consumption. Those bulbs do get real flakey when they get old, so I'd probably try a new one anyway. Then after 10 minutes or so it will turn itself on again, and so forth. The two main reasons for a TV switching itself off are that a connected device has powered off or it is due to your settings. Sodium is a highly reactive element and is lost in a reaction with the aluminum oxide of the arc tube. Please advise, I will really appreciate it. Thereby staying just partially on ??? The products are sodium oxide and aluminum: 6 … (Kinda yellow/orange light. More Less. Most security lights have small dials or screws that enable the user to set the light level that turns the fixture on and off. However, when investigating these problems, consider turning the lights off and even cutting off the electricity flow first. Get some big black dogs and leave them roam your black yard and nobody will come around. Here's a list of the most common HPS lamp […] My guess would be that the sensor is failing and that the failure mode is sensitive to heat. johnny961 Well-Known Member. Thread starter OGgirl; Start date Jul 18, 2009; OGgirl Active Member. Had many of the same thoughts as those posting to you. - M.K. For instance, they sell a regular old yard light, a 175 watt mercury vapor lamp with a photocell, complete for $34.90. I am going with what is most accessible first.As I said, I removed the bulb, cleaned it up, and replaced it.Today, it was the sensor.This one cannot be unscrewed. I thought it was the photocell and that resolved the problem in high light conditions because it does not try to ignite. It comes on when it gets dark. Street light interference (SLI) is a term coined by paranormal author Hilary Evans to denote the claimed ability of individuals to turn street lights or outside building security lights on or off when passing near them. I haven't even seen the bulbs.The light is still bright, and has stayed that way. I could do with two or three of these lights. It is easy to be friends with someone you always agree with. It's over 100.00 there.I'm pretty sure that even the bulb is going to cost more than your whole light did. But I am hoping to get some idea of what to be looking for when I get there. When they get old they go into arc-failure cycles where they go on and off for a few minutes at a time. Wally world has MV yard lights for $9.00 here, and they arent hardly worth that much. In this episode of Shop Class, learn how to measure, cut, and build window casing made of cellular PVC, solid wood, poly-ash boards, or any common molding material. Visually inspect the lamp for proper connections and contacts. If I end up having to replace it, I think I'll try to con Timmy up there, into getting me two or three for the price I pay for one. interviles of operation, overload,shutdown,reset,operate , repeat repeat will continue till you burn up your pump, or your integral saftey feature of your light in your case. When any type light that produces light with an arc (sodium, metal halide, mercury vapor, etc.) Observe the interior gas tube for any signs of discoloration. I'm annoyed that I didn't find it, but then again he worked without turning off the circuit box so he could figure out exactly what was going on, which I wasn't willing to do. I'm not sure where the "logic" for these units is located, whether in the bulb, the ballast, or in a separate unit (perhaps part of the electric eye). First of all, turn off the lights (using the light switch). My kids bathroom light keeps turning itself off after about 5 minutes. Insulation or material touching the light fixture would keep it from being able to regulate the temperature. My light comes on at dusk as it is supposed to, but it stays on for several minutes then turns off , then repeats same thing all night,stays off for a couple of minutes , then comes on again,all night They are now 85 dollars.The only other place I have seen one is the local lumberyard. Well, not unless I take the light down off the pole, and set it on the bench. It also got bright, as it should.I am going to leave the tape on for a couple days. I guess I will just keep the extra bulb as a spare. I know I'm paranoid.But am I paraniod Enough? How can power get to the light if the switch is turned off? I just mention it because nobody else has. I'd stick with sodium. Cause of On and Off Dusk to Dawn Light Fixture Electrical Question #1: What would cause a dusk to dawn light fixture to turn on and off? I just installed a new exhaust manifold gasket in my 1994 corolla. LOL (And probably a handgun too. )Sometimes living alone, really sucks. 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