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Defiant 500-Watt 7/16 in. Mini Button Dusk-to-Dawn Light Control
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Defiant

500-Watt 7/16 in. Mini Button Dusk-to-Dawn Light Control

  • Turns lights off at dawn and on at dusk to save you money
  • Requires no adjustments with changes of the seasons
  • Compatible with most outdoor lamp posts and light fixtures
$10.97 /each

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The 500-Watt Mini Button Dusk to Dawn Light Control automatically turns lights on at dusk and off at dawn. With its most compact design (at 7/16 in. diameter opening) it is compatible with outdoor lamp posts and light fixtures. This light control requires no seasonal adjustments as with timers and saves you money because your light is on only when needed.

  • Perfect for upgrading a current outdoor light to a modern, energy saving unit or as a repair kit for an existing 7/16 in. opening dusk to dawn controlled light
  • Heavy duty 500-Watt UL rating, 15-Amp, 120 VAC
  • Rated for CFL, LED, xenon, incandescent, halogen, mercury vapor, sodium and halide bulbs
  • Extra safe 16AWG 600 Volt wires UL rated for higher temperatures of 150C and as low as -40C

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Lights won't stay on

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November 18, 2015
I recently purchased and hooked up the mini button on two outdoor lights, both that are on the same circuit. The lights Will not stay in for more than 30 seconds and shut off. Why is this?
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October 17, 2016
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It is rated for 500 watts, It will malfunction if not used correctly.
In electrical and electronics industry, it is a good practice NOT to use more than 80% of the rated energy, which is a ma of 400 watts for this sensor. It is to protect it from surge voltage
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July 26, 2016
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It is possible that the sensor is too close to the lights . Since this works by photocell if it secnces a change in the light it will turn off. It is also possible that you are drawing to much of a load. 15 amp max 500 watt , Tungsten, 300 va ballast or 120vac 50/60 Hz for other light bulbs.
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June 4, 2016
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Light from your fixtures is probably hitting the sensor. Try redirecting light and or relocating sensor.
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January 2, 2016
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May be "seeing" the light it is turning on then shutting it off.
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January 2, 2016
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It's possible the photocell is "seeing" the light that it turns on and shutting them off then after a short time period turns lights back on then repeats .If this is what's happening its probably seeing the lights. It could also be overloaded if there is more than 500 watts of load on it.
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i just hooked this up to a Lithonia 500 watt halogen and after 10 minutes it melted. It says rated up to 500 watt

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Is it not compatible with a halogen
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October 17, 2016
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It is rated for 500 watts, and you used it to the maximum, which is not recommended.
In electrical and electronics industry, it is a good practice NOT to use more than 80% of the rated energy, which is a ma of 400 watts for this sensor. It is to protect it from surge voltage
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This sensor works just fine on Halogens. Did you reverse wire it? black goes to hot line, red goes to the lamps black or hot lead, white connects to house neutral and lamp white. I duplicated 2 melt downs like you stated. One I wired the sensor reversed red to house hot, black to lamp hot, white to neutral. The sensor melted in 7 mins. I also wired the sensor in series with a 500 watt halogen it melted. Read More
This sensor works just fine on Halogens. Did you reverse wire it? black goes to hot line, red goes to the lamps black or hot lead, white connects to house neutral and lamp white. I duplicated 2 melt downs like you stated. One I wired the sensor reversed red to house hot, black to lamp hot, white to neutral. The sensor melted in 7 mins. I also wired the sensor in series with a 500 watt halogen it melted. I wired another sensor properly as stated above at top, no problems in 5 nights of on off. Hope this helps. Read Less
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May 23, 2016
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Somehow I must have missed "the new math" says 500 watts +15 amperes 120 volt ac. Even ignoring PF and line variance.for voltage, HOW does only 500 watts (power) come from 120 volts and 15 amps?
I know this not a direct answer to your question. More likely the unit was placed too closely to the halogen lamp, and the heat from the halogen caused the damage.
There is a reason halogen fixtures are not
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Somehow I must have missed "the new math" says 500 watts +15 amperes 120 volt ac. Even ignoring PF and line variance.for voltage, HOW does only 500 watts (power) come from 120 volts and 15 amps?
I know this not a direct answer to your question. More likely the unit was placed too closely to the halogen lamp, and the heat from the halogen caused the damage.
There is a reason halogen fixtures are not made from low temp. rated plastics. Transistors also hate heat.
Good practice has the sensor located away from any artificial light as this may trip said device.
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Halogen create a lot of heat that travel on the wires.. the photocell can not be anywhere near the light in that case.
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I need wire diagram to install

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I need a diagram to install sensor on pole
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The wiring diagram is imprinted right on the photo cell.
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I highly recommend a professional if your not sure of home wiring. None the less black sensor lead goes to house hot (usually black but on two wire older homes this could be iffy always check hot lead from house) red sensor lead goes to light fixture black lead, white goes to light fixture white and both whites connect to house white or neutral.
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Diagram for installing a photocell? black of photocell go to power in. (from wall) red go to light fixture black, white go with all whits in wall.
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Mine came with a diagram that said white to neutral black was line and red was load, i can not speak to yours exactly.
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How are you supposed to wheatherproof this device? What happenes if you don't weatherproof it?

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It is weather proof.
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Use the included rubber washer under the mounting nut. I've installed many of these just using the washer which have been in service for several,years without failure.
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Mine came with a seal that i installed
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500-Watt 7/16 in. Mini Button Dusk-to-Dawn Light Control is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 52.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A very good product with wrong informationsand bad instructions This is a very good photocell sensor, with wrong information and bad instructions. The WRITTEN installation instructions on the carton is not complete.It does not say where the RED wire should be connected. But the picture illustration is correct. The Product Overview on the Home Depot site says it is Heavy duty 500-Watt UL rating, 15-Amp, 120 VAC, which not very correct. 500 watts is 4.2 Amps not 15 amps. The silkscreen info on the product housing is correct, which says 4.2 amps. Overall, the product is good. Carton information should be corrected and re-made. Home Depot Product Overview should be corrected.
Date published: 2016-10-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great and is compact, perfect sensor for converting simple outside fixtures to dusk-to-dawn... Works great and is compact, perfect sensor for converting simple outside fixtures to dusk-to-dawn type fixtures.
Date published: 2016-12-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from I have purchased these type sensors for two years at a competitor and they were junk so when I s... I have purchased these type sensors for two years at a competitor and they were junk so when I saw this at Home Depot i thought I'd try it. The guy at the store said he had heard of problems with this brand too but I tried it anyway. I installed it and went to the store for about two hours. It was dark when I got home and it was on so I had hope. As I rounded the corner to the house it was off. It just goes on for a while then off. It is outside under a patio with two 40 watt LED bulbs. It is just more junk. I will pay the 50 bucks elsewhere for a timed wall switch which I have one of and at least works.
Date published: 2016-11-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from I could not get the sensor to turn on the light at dark. Without the sensor, the light worked fi... I could not get the sensor to turn on the light at dark. Without the sensor, the light worked fine. I returned the sensor and got another one, which works great. It was easy to wire into the light, although the written instructions were lacking somewhat...the wiring diagram showed exactly how to wire it though. I love the sensor, as it turns the light on and off automatically. I understand the sensor needs to be mounted high on the light base, so the light does not come on and turn off the sensor. The instructions did not say that though.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I found it fairly easy to install on my existing outdoor flood light. Had to trim part of the pl... I found it fairly easy to install on my existing outdoor flood light. Had to trim part of the plastic socket holder to get the holder to clear the photocell case. Was told the photocell would probably not work, just cycle on and off but this did not happen to me. It could happen if the light fixture does not shield the photocell lens sufficiently from the bulb's light. But you may be able to find a way to shield the lens from light emitted by the bulb. Gave 4 stars because I had to trim the plastic socket holder.
Date published: 2017-01-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Sensor with problems I purchased 2 of these units, at 2 intervals, Hooked them up just as was directed. The first unit would not allow the light to come on under any circumstances. The second unit did enable the light to come on and as it was dark already, I waited until morning to see if the light would go off.. But a 12 noon the next day the light was still on. I returned both sensors, and picked one up from the competition, which worked immediately, and as it should.
Date published: 2016-10-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The mini photocell is a nice size that fits into the wall fixture but it didn't work with my inte... The mini photocell is a nice size that fits into the wall fixture but it didn't work with my integrated LED light fixture? Not sure why, but I ended up installing a digital wall timer to automate the process of turning the light on and out. I would recommend this for a regular incandescent fixture that needs a photocell sensor. It was a breeze to install but ended up with a digital timer with the neutral wire.
Date published: 2016-11-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compact Works great, small compact unit easy to install. If you have a need for a photos sensor control in tight spaces this worked well for me. I have installed several of these over the years for all kinds of applications. You cant go wrong .
Date published: 2016-07-26
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