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Has anyone else had issues with the black pencil type photocells? Seems like 5 out of every ten I install are defective.
 

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I have absolute **** luck with the Tork ones at the supply. The cheaper, Home Depot ones last much longer. Hard to believe it.
 

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I've had several Intermatics go bad in short order. One last all of a week before it stopped working. I also had one from Depot go bad, but it wasn't because of the photocell itself. The gasket on the knuckle disintegrated and it filled with water.

I've had no problems with Area Lighting Research photocells, which I think are called Tyco Electronics now?
 

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There are 30+ year old metal cased paragons still going strong, and I have yet to find anything currently manufactured that will do more than 4 years on average.
 

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I have some that are around 10 years old but they are at the top of the curve. Some fail within a year and they are at the bottom. The average seems to be around 4 or 5.
 

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You are talking the button style right Shockdoc?
What is the name on them, the black ones that come in the small wallpacks seem to always fail right away but I can't think of the name offhand.
 

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I purchased one for a service call yesterday , climbed up to the roof and changed unit, fixture did not turn off. Fortunately it was fed from a box w/ a working PC serving another fixture, ended up swapping wires around just to get paid and be out of there.
 

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I replaced a Tork at the plant, it had been there a looooong time. I have done there work for 15 years, never messed with it. IMO a contactor will lengthen the life alot.
 

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Man you guys install a lot of photocells. I hardly ever do, at least most of the time, I recently did have one customer who wanted 6 installed.
Most people around here want to shut the power off at a scheduled time not leave it on until the sun comes up.
 

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Man you guys install a lot of photocells. I hardly ever do, at least most of the time, I recently did have one customer who wanted 6 installed.
Most people around here want to shut the power off at a scheduled time not leave it on until the sun comes up.
Around here we use PC's to turn the lights on, and a timer to turn them off.
 
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