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Old 03-15-2014, 08:09 AM
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Luminaire Lights quit working

LUMINAIRE PX600 CONTROLLER NOT WORKING

I have four of these high quality landscape control units. All of them quit and started coming on intermittently. Driving us nuts.

My electrician eventually gave up so I had him call the tech person at Luminaire and this is what he found out.

The cheap dusk to down eye that allows the lights to come on at night wasn't working due to storms etc apparently causing harm to all of them.

I ordered new ones for $10 per unit on Ebay, the best I could find based on cost.

To make sure this was the culprit, we bypassed the eye and looped it inside the box via my electrician doing this as per the tech's advice. The lights all came on and stayed on for two days straight to make sure all was well and it was.

Now the conundrum is finally over.

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Mark
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Old 03-15-2014, 08:20 AM
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Was there a question in your statement you meant to ask, or were you just commenting on the FX Luminaire Transformer/controllers? Glad you solved the problem.
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Old 03-15-2014, 01:00 PM
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Photocells are a common failure no matter who manufactured the transformer.
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Old 03-15-2014, 05:21 PM
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Glad you found the trouble with your system. But I'm curious about how you found this forum and why you chose to post your story.
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Old 03-16-2014, 12:03 AM
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Glad you found the trouble with your system. But I'm curious about how you found this forum and why you chose to post your story.
Its such an interesting story why wouldn't he post it
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Old 03-16-2014, 05:24 PM
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Matt, your sarcasm is lost on me
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:04 PM
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Bob what's not interesting about an EC not being able to figure out a simple photocell?

What's not interesting about a homeowner playing middle man between manu and Ec?

We must ask ourselfs these questions I guess

1. Where was this Ec trained and educated that he could not diagnose a basic photo cell issue
2. Is this Ec really an Ec
3. Why would this Ec want to work for a homeowner that seems to be nosy and a pita.
4.Why didn't the ho hire a outdoor lighting company?
5. Why does fx tech support waste time with ho's in the first place?
6. Why did ho order photocells on ebay ? Why not let the Ec supply & install
7. Why would ho come on here and make a public complaint about Fx's photocells
8. Why do I troll this forum once a week

Acrynom explanation

Ho- home owner
Ec- electrician
Pita- pain in the ass
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:11 PM
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Again, Lawnsite should install a "Like" or Favourite button.
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:28 PM
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I couldn't imagine calling tech support only to have them say, "the photocell might be bad"
I would have wanted to crawl under a rock, especially if the homeowner was there with me. Usually the first thing we would look at, dont you think?
You would think they would at least have simply ordered an FX photocell. The time wasted searching the internet when simply ordering a new one from the original supply house would have taken 1 minute.
As for the answer to #8, there is nothing else to do when the ground is frozen and there is no snow falling
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Old 03-16-2014, 06:39 PM
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Why not ditch the photocell and transformer and fixtures and install solar lights?
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