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HELP, outside light has gone crazy

Postby uselesswithwiring » Mon Oct 26, 2009 9:51 pm

so, i notice earlier that the outside light isnt turning off, its a small flood in a pir sensor.

This is a problem as it's getting kindof hot and the neighbours wont be pleased if its on all night, so i try changing the settings, and knock it to the shortest time period to be on.

all this does is make a strobe light. so, seeing as whovever wired it up didnt think to give it a switch i face the prospect of unwiring it in the dark, or i do what i did, and pull the bulb.

so now its still swtiching itself on and off about once a minute, but theres no light coming from it, and therefore no heat.

now i know the pir has probarbly broken and that i should just replace the whole unit. the question i want to ask, as this is literally going to keep me up all night, is -

do i need to worry about shorts / fire / other catastrophes leaving a buldbless light to switch itself on and off ?all night so i can disconnect it in the orning when i can see what i'm doing

any helpful response that dosent envolve me up a ladder in the dark would be greatfully received :)
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Simply Build It

Postby BLAKEY1963 » Tue Oct 27, 2009 9:31 am

Isolate supply , turn power off at main switch.
dissconnect , and tape up cores separately
leaving them in a connector block.
ask an in a electrcian in your area to recommend a similar new fitting.

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