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Inside a Photocontrol
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Poster electure Offline
Posted 11/21/08 03:53 PM
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The internal workings of an Intermatic photocontrol.

Rating 1800 Watts Tungsten, 8.3 Amps Ballast at 120 Volts
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#182339 - 11/23/08 11:58 PM Re: Inside a Photocontrol [Re: electure]
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haha cool. I just replaced one of those exact models @ my shop.

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#182381 - 11/24/08 11:03 PM Re: Inside a Photocontrol [Re: electure]
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That particular photocell gets replaced over and over, many times more than a quality one. It also has the added feature of taking on water because of the mis-aligned threads from the 2 piece construction if you can even thread it in, and they often don't shut off until 10AM.
Keep a few in the truck for your cheapest customers.
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#182398 - 11/25/08 09:01 AM Re: Inside a Photocontrol [Re: bigpapa]
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I'm sorry to hear of your problems. I have used this particular model many times, with generally good results.

Indeed, it has performed better than most other makes it has replaced.

True, it is available in a heavier-duty model .... and the most common problems involve circuits that really ought to be on a contactor.
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#182402 - 11/25/08 10:26 AM Re: Inside a Photocontrol [Re: renosteinke]
electure Offline


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I "sacrificed" this one by opening it up with a hacksaw.

A heavier duty one would have been too hard to cut.
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#182417 - 11/25/08 08:23 PM Re: Inside a Photocontrol [Re: bigpapa]
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Originally Posted By bigpapa
they often don't shut off until 10AM.


I almost always use a photocell / timer combination. Its an easy upsell.

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