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jaxnd
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Posted - 11/22/2017 :  8:16:04 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My old x10 floodlights started acting up by only briefly flashing and not staying on. Thoughts? Time to find a new floodlight sensor on ebay? Thanks Jackson

Tuicemen
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Posted - 11/24/2017 :  10:44:33 AM  Show Profile  Visit Tuicemen's Homepage  Reply with Quote
Have you tested with new bulbs?
Mine started to behave that way as well, I discovered one bulb lose and the other the filament was going.
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slzattas
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USA
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Posted - 02/03/2018 :  09:57:12 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The old x10 switches only work with incandescent bulbs. If you change bulbs to compact fluorescents or leds, they will flash continuously. That happened to me. There is a new x10 model that works with leds and cfls; I replaced the switch with the new one, and everything worked fine.

susan
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Geo
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Posted - 02/03/2018 :  12:16:01 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
That's right. Even though the appliance modules have hard contacts, LEDs, CFLs and fluorescent lights are reactive loads causing a feedback which turns the module off - in some cases it can go to continuous oscillations. Circuits can be designed to fix this problem, but the old appliance modules are difficult to modify. The only reasonable modification I found is the removal of the the current sensing resistor inside the module. In most situations it fixed the problem. If not, connecting a small incandescent bulb almost always does the job.

GJN
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