May 27, 2005

Lisa: Enlighten Me. (Get it?)

Quick question. Does anyone out there know stuff about lamp posts that automatically light up at night? We have a lamp post in our front yard that used to light up every night when it got dark. It stopped lighting up, so I replaced the light bulb, and now it doesn't light up at night any more. It never lights up. Any ideas? There is no switch for the post inside the house. There is a breaker just for the lamp post, but I have made sure it is in the correct position. I can't find any kind of sensor on the post itself that could be obstructed, but even if the sensor WAS obstructed, wouldn't that mean the lamp would think it was dark out and would just stay lit all the time?

Putting in a bulb with a smaller wattage made no difference. Here are some pictures of the lamp post to help with the detective work. There is a little thing on the front of the lamp post that I thought might be some kind of daylight sensor. It is a little round circle right below the lantern part. It looks almost like a mini bike reflector, with little horizontal lines inside the plastic--doesn't seem to be especially reflective, though.

Here's the lamp post:

Here's a closeup on the possible sensor thingie:

(Click on the thumbnails for bigger pictures.)

Posted by lisa at May 27, 2005 09:40 AM

I think you should ask your husband, oh wait I got nothing, never mind.

Posted by: blake on May 27, 2005 05:21 PM

I would think it would be on a timer... O_o Maybe the new lightbulb is the wrong wattage?

Posted by: Gemini6Ice on May 27, 2005 07:52 PM

It might be on a timer, but I can't find any timer mechanism or anywhere to set the timer. The bulb could be the wrong wattage (and I didn't look at the old bulb before throwing it away), but I can't find anywhere on the lamp itself that says the max watts it can handle. Irritating! I guess I can always try a lower-watt bulb.

Posted by: lisa on May 28, 2005 12:40 AM

maybe try calling the city... because as far as i know, those lamp posts are run by the city, just like the light posts on the roads. at least they would tell you what wattage to use, because i'm pretty sure its them who installed it. good luck!

Posted by: stace on May 28, 2005 01:19 PM

I tried a lower-watt bulb, but still no luck. I don't think the lamp post was installed by the city, since we're the only ones on the street with this type, but I guess I don't know for sure. I took a picture of the lamp post today, so I'll put it up so you guys can see what kind it is.

Posted by: lisa on May 29, 2005 12:12 AM

Hmm... maybe there was a short, and the wiring inside it is fried? Do you have any fix-it-inclined people around to open it up and perform lamp post surgery?

Posted by: Gemini6Ice on May 31, 2005 06:24 AM

I don't really know any electrically-inclined people. I'll ask around, though.

Posted by: lisa on May 31, 2005 06:02 PM
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