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Welcome. My name is XXXXX XXXXX would be glad to assist.1. Is this in place of the open or close set?2. New Photo Eye will have to go in place of your existing Receiver eye.There should only be 2 wires connected to the transmitter side and 4 wires at the receiver side.So,verify what you have compared to the above.Then make note of what color wires are connected to the receiver and transmitter eyes now and post what you find.ReceiverTerminal 1, Terminal 2, Terminal 3, Terminal 4, Terminal 5, TransmitterTerminal 1, Terminal 2We can then try to get it transposed over to your new eye.
I may be away from the PC for a bit, will get to your post just as soon as I return.
1. This is in place of the close set.
2. Unfortunately, the old wires had color coding that was not very clear.
Furthermore, the new wiring is integral to the photoeye, so I had to disconnect the wires from the terminals on the control board.
The following is based on existing OPENING photo eye;
Terminal 1 - Brown (+)
Terminal 2 - Blue (-)
Terminal 3 - Black (NC) WIRED TO CLOSING PHOTO EYE
Terminal 4 - Gray (NO) NOT CONNECTED
Terminal 5 - White (COM)
I have the sense that I am getting far out of my depth, since I am not looking at merely switching out wires on the Receiver end. If this appears to look lika a PITA type situation for you, I completely understand and will try to find a local electrician to troubleshoot it.
I did record where the wires from both the receiver and transmitter on the eye I am replacing were wired into the numbered terminals on the control board.
Here is a crude attempt at a diagram of the hookup with the old photo eyes. The magenta wires are actually white.
I apologize, but I haven't been able to attach the file correctly. Is there an email address I can send it to?
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Great. Thank you. No rush.
I believe it was terminal 3.
Ok, just need to be sure which wire goes to each terminal on the board since they are the same colors.
TAPE the 2 wires that wen to the Transmitter side of the old eye setup so they will not touch anything. Those are no longer needed.
They still do not have our system working for posting pictures here, my apologies.Click the link and then when you see the picture, click it, then in the left corner there is a link "Raw Image". Click that and you can get an enlarged picture.Let me know on anything needed clarification.CLICK HERE for the diagram
Think I am missing something?The open eye keeps the gate from opening when a car is present in the path of the gate.The close keeps the gate from closing on a car in the path.The RED led on the new eye, instructions state is ON when it is aligned.
Will be away from the PC for a short while, thanks
Ok, lets go one step at a time and clear everything up so we do not get side tracked.1. There should be an eye, that is approx 6 inches in front of the END of the gate when the gate is OPEN.That is the Open photo eye.If it sees someone too close to the gate, it will NOT allow the gate to open.
It and the close eye are safety eyes, not opening and closing eyes.2. Disconnect all wires on the new eye EXCEPT for the brown and blue.Those are power.The red led will still work just will not do anything.Align with the reflector about 1 foot in front, to get the RED LED "ON".Then slide your hand in front to see if it goes OFF.You have a factory reflector that came with the eye, correct?Lets start with those and will go to the next as we clear up issues.
Thank you for the clarification on the safety vs closing/opening.
I sent you the manual for the existing photoeye and I thought that the new one was exactly the same; it is not. It has the same case, but it looks like the LEDs work differently. I just found it out by looking at the fine print on the housing.
Here it is;
Ok, that one is opposite of the first one.So, it sounds like it working properly.When you have it aligned, the Yellow LED is on.When something is between the eye and reflector, the RED comes on and the yellow is off.So, does it work properly?It looks like we may have to swap the wires but the power is the same. So you can test it for operation?
Correct. So it was works properly as far as the lights go and alignment. It does not the gate to reverse as it should.
I can test it for operation.
Yes, the gate was working fine up until the photoeye went bad last week.
It is possible that when I took off the old photoeye, that I moved a wire.
The gate is six years old. There was a repair on it about a year and a half ago by a factory authorized service center. There was an ice storm and a couple wires became damaged on the opener. The stops were adjusted and everything was tested after. I have had no problems since until last week.
I do not know what specifically was done inside the control panel. I looked at the notes and they stated that stops were adjusted as well as photo eyes back in 2009.
Maybe if you can verify the correct layout of the wires on the open photo eye, I can see if I missed something.
I looked at the schematic and did not see anything mentioning the jumpers in the FAAC manual.