Control Two Outdoor Light Fixtures with a Motion Detector


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How can I have a motion sensor light also control another light fixture? How to Control Two Light Fixtures with a Motion Detector, Guide to Controlling Two Outside Light Fixtures, Electrical Wiring Modification for Controlling Outdoor Lighting.


Guide to Controlling Two Outside Light Fixtures

Electrical Question: How can I have a motion sensor light also control another light fixture?

How can I do this please?
Thanks

This electrical wiring question came from: Carol, a Homeowner from Centennial Colorado.
Additional Comments: Just found your website – a lot of very useful information!

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Carol.
Carol, there are a few ways to accomplish this.

How to Control Two Light Fixtures with a Motion Detector

Application: Outdoor Motion Detector Light Fixture
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, a Voltage Tester and a fiberglass ladder.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience, ability to work with tools and work with the light circuit wiring.
Precaution: Identify the panel lighting circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Modifying or installing additional electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

Electrical Wiring Modification for Controlling  Outdoor Lighting

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  1. Bill says:

    How do you shorten an outdoor string of lights that has three wires ? Thanks. Bill

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