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Security Light

I have one of these without the PIR but with a photocell for dusk to dawn use.
It has failed and I tried to get a replacement bulb but could only get a 'similar' one which didn't work (it fitted but failed to light up reliably)
The bulb is one of these types and I've tried a couple without success so I'm looking to replace the entire light as it may be faulty.
I don't want a PIR just a dusk to dawn light and allegedly B&Q have such a unit but three trips there in the last fortnight have failed to locate one and the staff were no help.
I have another option of a basic light with no sensor and fitting one of these but as you may note it has a bayonet fitting and the light has a screw fitting Roll eyes.
My next move is to another, larger branch of B&Q where better stocks may be found.
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Re: Security Light

Last week I was looking for a bulkhead light.  Found a good selection on ebay and they certainly had some dusk-to-dawn ones. Worth a look.
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Re: Security Light

Thanks artmo. What I'm after is a white hanging lantern type.
I'll see what the B&Q mega-store on the other side of town has to offer.
Must admit I hadn't looked on Ebay though Embarrassed
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Re: Security Light

To save a wasted journey why not use the B&Q  Reserve & Collect service? Add the item to your basket online then on checking out select Reserve & Collect. Enter the name of a local branch and the system will show stock levels at that and all neighbouring branches. You can then reserve it to ensure that it isn't sold before you get there.
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Re: Security Light

Most of those compact fluorescent lamps designed for separate control gear are available in 2 & 4 pin versions. The 2 pin version contains an integral glow starter and is designed to work with a wound choke ballast.
The four pin lamp has all four ends of the heaters brought out and is normally used with a solid state ballast  or with a choke and an external starter.
It "shouldn't" be possible to interchange these lamps because of different keying on the lamp base.  The 4 pin lamp wont strike reliably in a fitting for a 2 pin lamp.
If you want to keep the fitting it should be possible to buy the correct lamp at a specialist lamp shop in the correct version.
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Re: Security Light

How about one of those LED security lights?  For example http://www.scldirect.co.uk/270-led-pir-floodlight.html
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You could just order the replacement bulb from Amazon - http://www.amazon.co.uk/GE-F10DBX-830-10W-G24q-1/dp/B000I6G29E   Roll eyes
[edit] there are none on eBay with the same part code.
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Re: Security Light

I wasn't happy with the restrictive nature of the bulb fitting so I was looking for something with a more 'conventional' socket.
Anyway, today I bought a basic white lantern with an ES fitting into which a much wider variety of bulbs can be used.
This lantern has no PIR or photocell so I purchased one of these although not from Screwfix but from B&Q but they don't have it on their site.
It is all working fine....although the bulb's idea of dusk doesn't quite match mine but it's close enough.
On a side note I am sitting here baring my back for the inevitable whipping when I tell you the price of the bulb at Screwfix is £11.73, I paid £14.98 at B&Q.
Ok, you may say, he made a mistake but 2 days ago my Daughter and I went to B&Q for 2 of these, note the price of £7.28 for a pack of 5 Shocked.
We thought that a bit over the top so I suggested we go across the road to Screwfix and bought them there at £2.29 for 50.
So I had ample warning of a possible price difference, therefore out with your whips guys as I deserve it.
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Re: Security Light

Eay me lad that is not been a good yorkshire lad. 
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Re: Security Light

I can thoroughly recommend this: http://www.maplin.co.uk/80-led-solar-floodlight-with-pir-385017 it's a solar powered LED security light so should have long life and ZERO running cost (can also be installed where there's no convenient mains supply (solar panel has 5m cable so fairly flexible)).
Unlike Strat I should avoid a whipping as I bought mine when it was £10.00 off  Cool
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I can thoroughly recommend that you use the internet search engine GOOGLE to check on prices at stores sites, before you go out shopping next time, strat !...
could save you pounds,....
(and also a flogging !  Grin )
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Thanks nozzer. Smiley
I did find a suitable one at B&Q but when I powered it up it flickered and went out again so guessed the unit was faulty.
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That's how I feel most of the time these days!  Cheesy