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Light Sensing Exterior Fixture Only Works When Breaker Flipped?

I have an outside light that's a dusk to dawn. The dusk to dawn sensor no longer worked and the light stayed on all the time. So, in the evening I would just flip the switch to turn it on. Now when I flip the switch it will not turn on. I changed the switch and that did not help. Next, with the switch on I flipped the breaker off then on, and the light came on. Can anyone give me an idea why the light only works when I flip the breaker?

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March 6, 20190 found this helpful

You may have a short in the fixture. If you don't know much about electricity, have an electrician handle this.

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March 8, 20190 found this helpful

Its probably shorting out, or has been chewed by a rodent, and is malfunctioning. If you rent, tell your landlord, its his responsibility to fix it.

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