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Old 06-15-2007, 11:10 PM
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I did not know this.

Just replaced 4 light bulbs to fluorescent which are over my garage and front door.These bulbs do not work with electronic timers.Went to Home Depot to find a mech. timer that will fit into the switch box,but no luck.Any ideas?
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Old 06-15-2007, 11:41 PM
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Compact florescent lamps don't work with dimmers either, which I believe is stated on the package.

Most garage door operators also use electronic controls for the bulbs, which means that you can't use them there. Either wire in a separate mechanical timer or stick with incandescent lamps.
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Old 06-16-2007, 12:55 AM
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*** Or... ***

Make an "interface" box...

Have the timer trip a relay that puts the full current of AC to the lamps and bypasses the timer's circuitry and/or dimmer.
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Old 06-16-2007, 06:34 AM
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This is because they have ballasts I'm guessing?
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They don't work with timers? I never heard that one. Did you try? They need a constant 120V so that is why they don't work with dimmers that produce a "chopped" voltage. (There are some flourescents made to run off of dimmers). They also cannot work off of light sensors that have a gradual turn on/off. I happen to have light sensor that produces a "solid cut on/off" with no intermediate condition so it works fine with the flourescents and I have had one in there for 5 years.

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Old 06-16-2007, 05:37 PM
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They don't work with timers? I never heard that one. Did you try? They need a constant 120V so that is why they don't work with dimmers that produce a "chopped" voltage. (There are some flourescents made to run off of dimmers). They also cannot work off of light sensors that have a gradual turn on/off. I happen to have light sensor that produces a "solid cut on/off" with no intermediate condition so it works fine with the flourescents and I have had one in there for 5 years.

Mike
It states it on the box.Will not work with electronic timers.I read that after i put them in.Who know.
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Compact florescent lamps don't work with dimmers either, which I believe is stated on the package.

Most garage door operators also use electronic controls for the bulbs, which means that you can't use them there. Either wire in a separate mechanical timer or stick with incandescent lamps.
Most don't work with dimmers but you can buy compact florescent bulbs that work with dimmers. They don't work as well as an incandescent but they do work.
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