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elementps

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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
 

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.
 

telectrix

Scouser and Proud of It
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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.
 
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davelerave

i'm wondering why he'd want the manual on -if he has a photocell?


timer and photocell in series i usually do
 

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
 
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davelerave

ya- i mean overriding the photocell to bring 'on' the lites?


what's the point of that
 

chronyx

Regular EF Member
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.
 
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pauljpickering8

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.
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.
 
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