Mar 30, 2016 #1 Welcome to ElectriciansForums.net - The American Electrical Advice Forum They see it every day. This hardwired motion light gives them a run for their money. Additionally do they come with instructions? Looking for a wireless security camera? Grip the light bulbs, with the cloth between your skin and the bulb, and rotate the bulb anti-clockwise to remove it from its socket. 3) If both switches get independent runs of wire, then you would have to use option 1 or pull a third wire to deliver a switched line to the second light for option 2. In Security Lighting by Jody10/03/202062 Comments. 2. With an incandescent flood light, that could lower your yearly electricity cost from $35 to a little over $2 assuming a $0.12/kWh cost. Hopefully, you’re sold. Something like this unit that lets you mount the motion sensor away from the light? As long as at least one motion sensor is detecting motion, the lights will remain on. Not Interested in Doing Your Own Wiring and Electricity? Moderately helpful and you seem like a nice guy. I would think the new motion sensors take that into account given the popularity of cheap LED bulbs now. It should be possible, but you may need to pull an extra wire. As an added bonus, a light that turns on only when it senses a person or animal is more likely to scare away a threat and get your attention. $3.00 coupon applied at … 5 years ago Thanks so much for posting! So, once you stand still and don’t move for a while, the light will turn off, considering that there’s no more movement in the area. Connect the hot wire from the house to the motion detector black, the red wire to the hot wire (black in the US) of the light, and tie the neutral wires together. That wasn’t so bad, right? You could give one of the bulbs that have a motion sensor built into them a shot (check out the link in the article). If you use dimmable CFL or LED bulbs, look for a compatible motion detector switch, such as one of the models from Lutron. It sounds like you may have another device (light?) The fabricated electrical boxes have circles that are made to pop out and accept threaded conduit runs. Why not just use standard flood lights? Hi Wesley, what I would do is buy an electrical box that’s threaded or has knockouts that you need (practically all of them do) and then mount it above the ceiling of your porch with a hole below to pass through and screw in the motion sensor. (or longhairs or teenagers or…). Hmcity Solar Lights Outdoor 120 LED with Lights Reflector and 3 Lighting Modes, Motion Sensor Security Lights，IP65 Waterproof Solar Powered for Garden … I plan to just drill a hole in the housing some place where there is space enough to do no damage and permit the wires and the intruding fixture (mounting screw-in) of the motion detector to reach wherever they need. The motion detector is rated to 500 watts and has 2 lights. You can also learn more about smart lighting and home automation examples and see whether they fit your needs. Discuss Adding PIR sensor to existing outside light. If you plan your hole well, you have the advantage of mounting the sensor in a good spot and keeping the installation nice and neat. 2) If the hot (line) wire of the second light is fed from the box of the first light (most likely), then you could configure the motion sensor to switch both lights as long as you don’t exceed the current rating of the sensor you buy. Standard box type wall fixture and screw in 60 watt bulb? Ever since I put the light back in after the holiday season, the motion sensor won’t work. In this post, we’ll share how to add a motion sensor to outdoor light. Cost about $20 (from Amazing) and provides great safety for shop porch and steps. Hi Stella, the sensors I have are just light sensors, so they come on at dark and stay on until sunrise. Thanks again. 99. If you need any help at all, just drop a line in the comments, and I’ll do my best to help you out. Turn off the power to the circuit you will be working on. You can install a motion light sensor on your existing outdoor light at your home or business. I think you’re after the same thing as webweaver in his comment. and ismit possible to get motion detection of 180 degrees. Mike, The motion detector just acts as a switch controlling power to your bulb. So power would run to your switch and the sensor first (in parallel) and then the switched power would go to your light. It seals up nicely against weather, but I also have it under the edge of the shop porch roof. The benefits of scaring would be burglars and also saving money are enough to make me want to make the switch. Turn off power at the main fuse box. of the cable’s sheath and feed wires into the box. Well, I haven’t ever tried it myself, so your mileage may vary. I believe that lots of DIY’s need to be aware of this approach. My floodlights are currently hooked up to a 4 way switch system. Inside there’s a switch to turn them off. Finger-tighten the motion sensor and lamp holders; don't use pliers. the sensor is in a pole lamp. You could wire the sensor in parallel with the switches to turn the light on either with the switch or the sensor (extra wire needed). You are essentially running another hot line to the light and utilizing the existing return. 5 years ago Insert wires into the boxes. You should be able to wire them up on the input side of the transformer just like you would a light. There’s a motion light on the house end (50 ft away) , so if I’m going to the shop, I am lit, so to speak. Flip off the main power breaker so that there is no electricity … I have four (4) flood lights at the rear yard wall of the house in a row and two (2) along the front yard wall facing the street over the garage door. 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