16 Responses to “Frequently Outdoor Lighting Mistakes and Their Solutions”


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  1. Tony Makaryk

    I am trying to get some info. I purchased 2(2packs) of your landscape lights(Mod # LV11760) to replace 4 cheap Malibu lights. They served their time well, but I wanted a better looking light, that is why I chose your lights. The problem I have is the light bulbs burned out after only 3 weeks of use. Is this the nature of these lights if so what do you suggest to fix the problem. The lights in the Malibu lasted at least 3/4 months.
    Thank you
    A. T. Makaryk

  2. Roy Manzke

    I recently bought six Portfolio low voltage lamps and a 200watt transformer with a dusk to dawn feature. I installed them on my father in laws handicap ramp, they work great. Do you make a motion dectector for the low voltage or transformer system. I would like to put one at the top of the ramp and another at the bottom. Lamp model #228641

    Please let me know if you can help me with this, Thanks Roy

    • Leon Gauss

      Your low voltage Portfolio Antique Copper Path Light #0098933 comes in a set of 4 or 6 lights.
      I am looking for enough sets to cover at least 9 lights.
      Can you tell me where I can find them ?
      All of the Lowes stores (8 total) in my area (Ann Arbor, MIch.)do not have any and can not get them.

      Please let me Know if these lights are still available.
      Thank You, Leon

  3. Allen

    I recently purchased and installed an outdoor wall lantern with motion sensor for my front porch. It worked fine for several weeks, but now it doesn’t. I checked for loose wires and found none. I can hear the controller clicking, but the light doesn’t come on. I also checked the bulb, and it is good. Any suggestions? The model # is 0329565. I have two more over my garage and they are working great.

  4. Allen

    I recently purchased and installed three outdoor wall lanterns #0329565 Dusk to Dawn with motion sensors. The two over my garage work great, but the one on my porch quit working after a few weeks.
    I checked for loose wires and found none, and the light bulb is fine. I can hear a clicking sound from the controller, but nothing works. Any suggestions?

  5. Karen Grimord

    Today we purchased 16 Portfolio outdoor low voltage landscape lights, model 00906 and 00907. All the lights worked when we first turned them on. Within 1 hour 6 of the lights were burned out. We replaced Malibu lights and the Malibu lights worked for almost 3 months. Is this normal? What do you suggest to fix the problem?

  6. william moyer

    I have five outside lamp posts. Three of which are installed right now. The lights have been getting water in them, which burns out the bulbs. These bulbs are not cheap, I’ve gone through 9 bulbs to date. What can I do to stop the water from getting into the lights? Also two of the photo eyes have burnt out. I bought a photo eye and tried to replace it but it was to large to work in my three bulb lamp. Can I get two replacement photo eyes.
    Thank You Bill

  7. Craig

    Have a portfolio system which has preformed really well. Some kind of citter craweled into my garage and ate though my optical sensor for On/off control. I can’t get any response from dealers on how to order a replacement part. If someone from Portfolio could point me in ther right direction it would be appreciated.
    Need 3′ optical sensor cable to connect to Optical Link.


  8. ledlampa

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  9. Robert M Reinhardt, Sr.

    Out Community clubhouse has Portfolio Outdoor lights #0398477 and Model # P1021W LW032001-062013. The plastic inserts has dried out and has become brittle due to weather and heat in Myrtle Beach, SC. area. The carton says Hampton Products International, Foothill Ranch, CA. Made in the USA with imported parts.

    How may I purchase just the plastic inserts only? If I need to buy in cetain quanities please let me know. Say ten (10) to a carton. Also, an up dated design for this product could include small 1/31″ vent holes in the plastic near the top that would not allow small insects to enter the bulb area.

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  11. P Chenault

    I purchased 6 – 20in and 4 – 14in Portfolio Braeden brushed nickel wall lanterns. I was disappointed when 4 of these lanterns n different location rusted. We have always bought the Portfolio brand at Lowes but our next house we will be buying a different brand because these lights must have a defect because they were installed as pairs n one would rust and the other was still beautiful. I can’t keep replacing outdoor lights on a new house.

  12. Joyce Long

    Greetings, I puchased a outdoor wall mount light for my front porch that resembles the model number FS130125-8. I removed the rounded top part and can reach the bulb, but I can’t unscrew it. Is there any other way to gain access to the bulb? It feels as though it was screwed in too tightly and I’m afraid of breaking it while trying to get a grip on it through such a small opening.

    Thank you!

  13. William Codwise

    Are model #00906 still available anywhere?

  14. Terry Batson

    I purchased a model VEL-0633-8W-PIR from Lowes in Morehead City N C back in November 2015.
    Last week it quit working, I had an electrician check it for me an was told the photocell unit is bad.
    I unfortunately did not save my receipt. The photocell has item # 0482289, date code 1114. It also has number W220GA, 250 watt maximum.
    This is the black box that is mounted in the bottom of the fixture that has two switches and a small photo cell in between the switches. We may need the top photocell too.

    Is there any way I can get replacements for these defective parts? I would hope they are designed to last more than 6 months and warranted.
    Please advise or call me at 1-252-531-2322.
    Thank you for your assistance with this issue.

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