Amertac® Outdoor Dusk to Dawn Light Sensor Control for CFL Bulbs (SLC5BCW-4)

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  • Turns lights on a dusk and off at dawn
  • Works with CFLs or incandescent bulbs
  • 150 watt maximum
  • Includes removable lens shield to block light reflection and reducing blinking
  • Compact design fits most smaller enclosed outdoor fixtures
  • White finish


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Amertac® Outdoor Dusk to Dawn Light Sensor Control for CFL Bulbs (SLC5BCW-4)
 
2.0

(based on 8 reviews)

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Pros

  • Easy to install (5)
  • Easy to use (3)

Cons

  • Poor design (4)

Best Uses

  • Outside (5)
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

This does on work

By Chuck

from Ann Arbor Mi

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Pros

  • Easy to Install

Cons

  • Poor Design

Best Uses

  • Outside

Comments about Amertac® Outdoor Dusk to Dawn Light Sensor Control for CFL Bulbs (SLC5BCW-4):

I bought two units and both never turned off

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Trivial to use, works well

By Matt

from Washington

About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Easy to Install
  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Small Jobs

    Comments about Amertac® Outdoor Dusk to Dawn Light Sensor Control for CFL Bulbs (SLC5BCW-4):

    Bought two of 'em about two months ago, and stuck 'em on two CFL floods under the back deck. (Anti-skunk lights! Skunks don't like their burrows illuminated at night.) They work great: On at dusk, off at dawn, just as advertised. They don't even get full ambient, being just at the edge of the deck. It was necessary to angle the photocell up, but not straight up because they'd get full of dirt. It was also necessary to not use the lens shield for this app. And, they're currently out in the snow, so they seem pretty robust. It's only been a few months so far though, so I'll update in a year regarding durability. (I may have to clean the photocell lens every now and then.)

    I've also found this particular kind of product hard to find, so was facing up to making my own, but that's so much more expensive. Many similar items work with incandescents, but not CFLs. It's frustrating too, because many sconces have these things built right in, as well as a motion sensor...

    Then I saw these, and grabbed two, without reading the reviews. I've just read them now. Wow! Seems like some people have had bad luck with this product. Maybe I just got two good ones, don't know. But I would say, I wouldn't use this item on multiple lights, or in combination with any other control circuit or system, especially not a dimmer.

    Matt.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    1.0

    Terrible, waste of time

    By Tony

    from Auburn, CA

    About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Outside

        Comments about Amertac® Outdoor Dusk to Dawn Light Sensor Control for CFL Bulbs (SLC5BCW-4):

        Turns on light at dusk. Does not turn off at dawn. It is now 8:30am on a sunny day and light is still on. I need to go out and point a flashlight at photocell to turn it off. The unit is located on the west side of home so it has shade in the morning. The label should state that it does not work on the shade side of home. The photocell is pointing out towards the most ambient light not the wall of the home.

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Works As Described

        By Callie

        from Houston, TX

        About Me Beginner

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Easy to Install
        • Easy to Use
        • Well Designed

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Outside
          • Small Jobs

          Comments about Amertac® Outdoor Dusk to Dawn Light Sensor Control for CFL Bulbs (SLC5BCW-4):

          I was a little nervous about buying this product because of all the negative reviews. However, it works exactly as described by the manufacturer. We are using a CFL.

          I bought this item because my husband and I sometimes forget to turn on the porch light at night or turn it off in the morning. This little fixture does it for us.

          Here's why we think the product works for us: We have only one light on the switch, so there are no shared circuits. Additionally, there is no extra lighting in the area, so the sensor is not confused by any other lighting. Finally, the lamp the sensor is in has clear panels. It might not work well if the panels were opaque or too reflective.

          All in all, the products is a cheap alternative to purchasing a lamp with a photoelectric switch and hiring an electrician to install it. Yay! We will be buying another one for our backyard.

          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

           
          1.0

          Worked only one night

          By The Swede

          from Columbus OH

          About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Design

            Best Uses

              Comments about Amertac® Outdoor Dusk to Dawn Light Sensor Control for CFL Bulbs (SLC5BCW-4):

              I installed this with a 26W CFL in an outside dry location and bulb-down vertical position. At sunset, the light turned on automatically. Smile ! Next morning light was stuck on for whole day even in full sunlight. Frown ! Cycling power off/on, or re-insertion did not help. Seems the solid state switch inside failed in shorted mode within 12 hrs of use. That is either poor design or poor quality !

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Save your receipt

              By td

              from Canton, Ohio

              About Me Avid Do-It-Yourselfer

              Pros

                Cons

                • Poor Design

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Amertac® Outdoor Dusk to Dawn Light Sensor Control for CFL Bulbs (SLC5BCW-4):

                  You better save your receipt because if you try to use this on more than one outdoor light it will not work. The bottom of the instructions says not to use on a circuit with another timer. So on two garage or door lights, the lights come on and blink off and on every minute or so. You would think the disclaimer would be on the package somewhere. Very disappointed.

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  1.0

                  Broke almost immediately

                  By Melancie

                  from Studio City, CA

                  About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Install
                  • Easy to Use

                  Cons

                  • Poor Design
                  • Unsafe

                  Best Uses

                  • Outside

                  Comments about Amertac® Outdoor Dusk to Dawn Light Sensor Control for CFL Bulbs (SLC5BCW-4):

                  As the other reviewer stated, it sorta worked then started turning on & off every minute or so. I had to screw it in tightly to get the sensor to point outwards (the other side pointed directly at my door), then after it kept turning on & off I tried to remove it & the entire base got stuck in the light fixture & ripped the main wire as I was trying to remove it. I then had to take thin pliers & slowly but firmly turn what was left of the device to get it out. Major FAIL.

                  (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  2.0

                  Did not work for us.

                  By Nancy

                  from Roseville, CA

                  About Me Casual Do-It-Yourselfer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Install

                  Cons

                  • Needs 1 light circuit

                  Best Uses

                  • Outside

                  Comments about Amertac® Outdoor Dusk to Dawn Light Sensor Control for CFL Bulbs (SLC5BCW-4):

                  We have four lights on one switch. This product did not work with this configuration. We bought four of these devices, thinking that each would be controlled individually by ambient light. Later we noted that the package says not to use if any other dimmers or similar switches on the same circuit. We removed all but one of them. Still did not work. During daylight, the product did stay off. After dark, the light controlled with this device would turn on and off about every minute. It was not a flicker, but a on for a minute, then off for a minute. We thought it might have been due to reflection off a surface on the fixture, but putting up a dark surface near the photocell to minimize reflection did NOT help. We returned all to the store.

                  I tested the device on an indoor lamp, a single lamp on the circuit and it seemed to work with that. Perhaps it would be fine if there is only one lamp on the circuit outside, but it did not work for us.

                  Our daughter has a photocell lamp at her house, a single lamp and they are happy with it. However, hers is not an add on photocell like this item.

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