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I have been trying to create a redstone system for my "town" on multi-player and was using some guides on creating automatic lighting using redstone, water, and pistons, but it is not working properly and I am looking for some more extensive guides on how to do this.

Ideally, I would like the lights to come on at night and go off during the day. I have used Etho's Light Sensor and followed other peoples modifications to it to make it work. However, they do not seem to work properly. When the piston is supposed to retract, it doesn't.

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does the redstone deactivate? –  ratchet freak Nov 2 '12 at 22:19
    
I can't see how we can help you. –  BlaXpirit Nov 2 '12 at 22:41
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You've probably messed up the BUD switch or killed your grass. If that's the case, you pretty much have to start over. –  MBraedley Nov 3 '12 at 0:06
    
It's quite hard to debug this kind of thing without at least some screenshots or diagrams of what you're trying to achieve. –  fredley Nov 5 '12 at 12:11
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Well, if you want an alternative method, use villagers. Just create a small shack with a villager and a door. You can make it really small, and hook it up with pressure plates.

Now villagers will go outside as soon as it get light, and will go inside again when it gets dark. Using this system you have a day-night system.

To make it a little secure you can fence the shack in, leaving just a small space for him to roam around.

If you need some more details feel free to ask, I kept my explanation extremely basic.

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Thank you for the idea. Found a simple guide online to do this and it works more effectively for me. –  Robert A Palmer Nov 5 '12 at 15:16
    
Brilliant idea. –  Silver Quettier Feb 26 '13 at 13:32
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I’m building a village of my own and ended up upgrading to the latest snapshot and using Daylight Sensors.

Not an answer if you’re playing on servers with 1.4.7 official release, but still this is much more reliable that using villager detection — it doesn’t fail when villagers going inside during the day to hide from rain, for example.

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Use the on-off= off system daylight sensor red wire 14 blocks redstone repeater-redstone torch then put this to your lighting system. it works because light night light cant go very long. make sure output can protect light sensor. Does work

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To clarify, the daylight sensor will be in the 1.5 update and is not in the current 1.4.7 version. –  tombull89 Feb 26 '13 at 11:59
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This is essentially the same answer as an existing one. We try not to duplicate answers here. –  MBraedley Feb 26 '13 at 12:12
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