OUTDOOR X10 outlet?

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I use an X10-controlled outlet to control my low voltage landscape
lights.  The existing outlet just died (circuit breaker clicks three
times when I attempt to turn it on) after about 3 years of use, and I
guessing that exposing an indoor-rated outlet to outdoor temperatures
might have had something to do with it.

I've done some searching, and I can't find any X10 outlets rated for
outdoor use.  Does anyone know where I can find such a thing?

Thanks!

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Ian Pilcher                                        i.pilcher@comcast.net
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This is a common failure mode of the X10
outlets, inside or out.  I have
had 4  X10 outlets outside for years.
One seems to fail this way when it
gets real cold, -10 or below.  Two are
under a 2' eve and 2 are behind
outdoor outlet covers.  When I use
these, I cover them with plastic to
keep then dry.  I have had problems with
the switches not making good
contact on some codes.  I guess this is
some kind of corrosion or dirt
deposit.

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I live in Hawaii and they perform no better here. I've stopped replacing
them and instead use a standard outlet with an Appliance Module. The
"Wet Location In-Use" boxes at Home Depot provide all weather
protection.

From:Art Todesco
actodesco@yahoo.com

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I second the appliance module in the protected box.

Another option if you can get to the feed to the outdoor box before it
exits your house is to put an inline switch module inside.  I've done
this for my outside lights.

I just put a 1-gang J-box in the garage before the line went outside and
hooked up a "fixture relay" in the box.

You'll probably want one of the non-dimming ones.  Check out the options
at http://www.smarthome.com/prodindex.asp?catid=33.

Mitch


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If you want to stay compliant with the National Electrical Code (NEC) and
local codes, you can't have a receptacle that is 'dimmed'. It can be switched
on-off, however.

Hopefully one of the emerging X-10 competitors will become useful in
replacing  x-10 dimming modules retrofitted to lamp bases.

In a more perfect world  X10 Inc and Leviton  would be made to repay folks
that have spent time and $ for their failure to upgrade the plastic part in
the SR227  X-10 duplex outlet. They've know about this defect for years and
years. It betrays a contempt for the consumer that is part of the reason I
avoid buying anything from these companies anymore.

Marc
Marc_F_Hult
www.ECOntrol.org


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I had an interior Leviton X10 outlet fail exactly the same way after only a
few months.  It is a little plastic piece behind the solenoid that breaks.
Too bad it wasn't made out of metal, but that would have cost them a few
cents more.  Cold temperatures may make the plastic more brittle.

I installed a X10 relay wall switch in series with the outlet to solve the
problem.  If that's possible in your situation, it would be a clean solution
for your exterior lights.

Jeff

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I just had a Leviton receptacle fail too, after only 3 months.  How does
Leviton handle warranty claims?

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Not sure - I didn't pursue it myself on this one.

I did have a problem with Leviton MicroDim switches in the past.  They had
me send in one of the switches for evaluation, and eventually replaced the
defective lot.  As I recall, I got their address from their website.

Jeff





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I have a RadioShack X10-compatible outlet installed in a waterproof J-box in
my backyard. It controls the "umbrella lights" and has been working well for
almost a year in this capacity, faithfully turning the lights on and off
each night. Maybe it's due to our mild weather here, but I'm keeping my
fingers crossed.

For our low-voltage lights, I have two separate transformers (one for the
front, one for the back yard) on two separate circuits; these are installed
in the garage. One of them is rather hefty (600W). These are both connected
to RadioShack appliance modules and these have been working flawlessly for
about three years.

I'm certain RS sources their parts from X10, but in my experience, they have
worked quite well, especially considering they were around $12 each.

Craig




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