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> I am having the same issue with Kichler Atwood Lights. I have also purchased
> & installed 6 of these lights with the PhotoCell features. I now have 2 that
> do not work. I see that you were able to get Kichler to replace them but my
> lights are about 4 ears old. The 2 have been defective for over a year & I
> have just begun to research how to get them fixed. I see in later posts that
> a new sensor is available to replace the faulty one. Do you know how
> difficult it would be to replace the sensors. I really hate to call the
> electrician to come back to do that. I am fairly handy with repairs, myself.
I'm not familiar with that particular light, but recently had photocells
go bad in two other lights.
One photocell had lasted ten years, the other about two years. I
believe both were affected by heat from the lights in which they were
installed. The longer life photocell was in a mercury vapor security
light, and was replaced by one similar to the original. If the new
photocell lasts ten more years, the entire fixture may be due for
The short-lived photocell had been used to modify another light fixture
that originally did not have one. Since I was not able to find a
replacement that was small enough, I mounted an external photocell on
it. That way the photocell will not be exposed to the lamp's heat. In
addition, it has a swivel so it can be aimed to favor sunrise or sunset.
The one I used is a Utilitech Swivel Photo Control, Model
Whether you can change your Kichler Atwood photocells depends on how
easy it is to get to them. I suggest you do a "trial run" and open one
up to see how hard it might be. You may need to enlarge the old
mounting hole to fit a new photocell. Wiring is simple with Neutral,
Line and Load wires needing to be connected. Chances are the new wire
colors will be identical to the old, and insulated "wire nuts" from the
old will work with the new one.