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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 11:14 am 
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I put one of these push pneumatic type delay switches in a garage for an outside light, so as you left the garage you had light for a short while
But two now have broken, you can nolonger push the button in - both did the same thing after about a year or so

The switch is inside a large backdoor on the garage - not sealed but does not let any water in
and reasonably shettled spot, although it can get windy and we are about 0.5km from the sea.

I purchased 1 from screwfix and I think the 2nd one from CEF
this sort of thing
https://www.screwfix.com/p/elkay-columb ... itch/68088

Any alternatives that will work inside a garage by the sea ?

the alternatives, I have seen requires a neutral - which we don't have - although i maybe able to do something about that


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:46 pm 
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If your having issues with ingress (more than likely salt in the air) go IP rated you should be able to get a enclosure for the switch

The other way you could do it is a standard switch and a timer

https://www.timeguard.com/products/ligh ... lay-switch


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not sure about the ingress, but was only the reason I could see for it getting to stiff to push in.
i guess i'll have to see where I can pickup a neutral from or means rerunning a long length of 3 core


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It may be heat cycling related, garages do get ice cold


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I use a PIR light bulb which costs a couple of quid. As soon as you approach it comes on and it stays lit for about three minutes. You can get screw and bayonet. Works a treat in my porch. See https://cpc.farnell.com/tcp/160slmsa10e ... 26%20Tubes

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Not quite going to work, as I wanted it to be ON before we come out of the garage as its round the side and so although lights up the paths - motion detection wont be seen until we are around the corner and then the worst bit is over
BUT i will change to that for my porch , i was going to replace the light fitting, but not seen anything we liked as much as the old fitting we have - so that would work a treat there - Thanks

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It may be heat cycling related, garages do get ice cold
Oh, OK hadn't thought of that - thanks


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etaf wrote:
i guess i'll have to see where I can pickup a neutral from or means rerunning a long length of 3 core


That can cause a lot of problems with RCD's.
Better off installing a 3 core and Earth such as this

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