Quite boring, I need to light a porch?
Evening all, I have just had a storm porch built (yes it is just a roof protruding out a bit with a wall each end) & I want to light it. I would like to use some kind of sensor to keep it on when it gets dark, but I would also like it not to cost to much to run as I’m tight.
The wife is quite keen on down lighters but I think they could look a little tacky, so firstly what is the consensus on this?
My other question relates to the beam & cost efficiency of the bulbs if I go down this route. I would like it to fill the space with light rahter than look like a spot light, & for it to be a warm light, nothing brash or harsh, so what bulbs would I need & do they do LED (I’m assuming they are the most efficient?) bulbs in soft white colours?
So as always as I trust you lot I’m asking on here, can anyone provide links for the kind of hardware I would need for this little project?
Many thanks in anticipation
Cheers.Posted 4 years agoallthepiesMember
I fitted one of these at my Mum’s house a couple of yrs ago.
Quality bit of kit and works well. I think it’s got a mode where the light comes on at dusk. I put a halogen bulb in it (fairly low power) and the same bulb is still working (the light has soft-start so is bulb friendly 🙂 )Posted 4 years ago
TR, good question, I would ask the wife, but I know the answer will be “because it looks pretty”
Edit, actually thinking about it having it on between the hours of say midnight & 6am would be a waste, is there some sort of cheap controller you can get to regulate the hours it’s on without having one of the mechanical clock type boxes?Posted 4 years agoandylMember
LEDs you are looking at about 5W each max.#
Says not suitable for LED here: http://www.greenbrook.co.uk/products.php?cat=31&nav=4
but wondering if that is means low voltage led or mains? Might be worth calling themPosted 4 years agophiiiiilSubscriber
I’ve always wondered why timer switches like that even have a minimum wattage; aren’t they just a switch, so as long as you don’t overpower it it should just work with whatever load you put on it?
I must confess we have a few lights on PIRs and appliances on timers and I’ve never looked at the ratings…Posted 4 years ago
Ok thanks will look into them.
Lots of pre led photocells even in offstate let a small ammout of current through – particularly cheap ones found in all in one light units not enough to light a filament bulb but enough to cause an led to light dimly or even flash depending on the point of leak.
So i have two expensive g9 bulbs i cant use in my porch lamps. – ill wire in an external photocell one day 🙂 ill have a look at your knightsbridge one – do you have a rough price as im sure they do a wide range of em.Posted 4 years ago
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