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Inside a Photocontrol
by electure on 11/21/08 07:53 PM

The internal workings of an Intermatic photocontrol.

Rating 1800 Watts Tungsten, 8.3 Amps Ballast at 120 Volts

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#182339 - 11/24/08 03:58 AM 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 - 11/25/08 03:03 AM 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.


#182398 - 11/25/08 01:01 PM 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.


#182402 - 11/25/08 02:26 PM Re: Inside a Photocontrol [Re: renosteinke]  
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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.


#182417 - 11/26/08 12:23 AM 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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