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Electrical Wiring for Spot Lights


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Install Motion Detector and Security Light Fixtures – Installing spot lights and motion detector lighting fixtures provide security and energy savings and they can easily replace an existing exterior wall fixture.

Installing Spot Lights for a Garage

Electrical Question: I have a single-car detached garage with an overhead electric door. The garage has a dawn to dusk light fixture mounted above the overhead door that I hard wired to a second fixture on the side.

When I am inside the home at my back door, I cannot see the front of the garage or its door thus I do not know if the door is up or down.

I wish to remove the dawn-to-dusk and replace it with a standard spotlight fixture. What I would like to know is, do you have a thought or two about how I might hard wire a 110 volt switch that turns on this new fixture as the door moves up (ON) or down (OFF)?

I can only think of placing a receptacle box near the edge of the moving door that strikes a light switch. Somehow, I think that may be a bit too easy?

Your thoughts are welcomed.

Mike  in Cleveland

This electrical wiring question came from: Mike, a Handyman from Cleveland Hts, Ohio.
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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Mike.

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2 Responses to “Electrical Wiring for Spot Lights”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Jason
    Installing Spot Lights in New Zealand
    I see that you are in New Zealand, which is out of my service location here in the USA. I would love to visit your country, and even do some electrical work there, but this weekend is not going to work out.
    However I will post this to see if another electrician in New Zealand might pick it up and connect with you.
    All the Best, Enjoy your new Spotlights,
    Dave

  2. jason says:

    I bought a Navara double cab. I’m getting sick of people who will not dip their lights, so I bought one pair of spot lights. How much would it cost for you to install the spot lights. Would you be able to do it on the weekend? I’ve got everything to do the job.