GHOST CONTROLS® Photo Eyes

While most GHOST CONTROLS® automatic gate opener installations utilize SafeForce® leading-edge technology for entrapment protection, some customers choose to install additional devices with their system. Non-contact photo eyes, while not required by SafeForce®, are sometimes desired by customers and can be installed in one of two ways: as a hardwired input or as a monitored safety device. Choosing between the two options will determine how you connect the sensors to your automatic gate controller and how the system will operate.

AXPE Monitored Photo Eye Kit

When the GHOST CONTROLS® gate system controller is switched to Monitored mode

  • Only GHOST CONTROLS® AXPE Photo Eye Kits can be connected to the Monitored Safety inputs of the gate controller and utilized in the installation or your system will not function properly
  • Two pairs of photo eyes must be used in single gate installations or your gate will not function in this mode
  • Three pairs of photo eyes must be used in dual gate installations or your gate will not function in this mode

AXPS Standard Photo Eye Kit

When the GHOST CONTROLS® gate system controller is switched to SafeForce® mode

  • Photo eyes act as either close or open reverse, which triggers the gate to reverse if the beam is broken
  • Ghost Controls AXPS Standard Photo Eye Kits can be utilized in this mode
  • One, two, or three pairs (dual gate systems) of photo eyes can be installed
  • Many brands of outdoor photo eyes can be connected to the Hardwired Inputs of the gate controller

Application Notes

  • Use of Monitored or Standard Photo Eyes requires that your system is using our AC Transformer to maintain a charged battery.  You cannot use Solar Power with Photo Eyes in your installation.
  • Each AXPE Kit or AXPS Kit includes two photo eyes in each kit
  • These eyes are both powered (not reflective style) and must trenched in order provide wired power to both eyes.  This is an important point to consider if you are installing a single gate opener and do not wish to trench across your driveway.
  • Maintenance of outdoor photo eyes will be required on a routine basis to ensure successful operation including
    • Removing grass, weeds, ant hills, or shrubbery that might block the eyes
    • Checking for rodent or insect damage
    • Maintaining proper alignment during after stormy weather, windy conditions, or seasonal changes