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How To Adjust Outdoor Flood Light Settings


By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How to Change the Settings for a Motion Detector Light: The Flood Light Time Duration Switch Settings.


Adjusting Flood Lights for the Best Performance

Outdoor Lighting Question: My outdoor flood light that is attached to the garage keep going off and on.

  • The light is on for about 10 minutes and off for about 20-30 minutes.
  • What can be causing this problem?

Dave the Electrician’s Reply:
Thanks for your Lighting Question Sarah.
Background: Sarah, a Homeowner from Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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How to Change the Settings for a Motion Detector Light

Sarah, the settings on your motion detector head may be set in the TEST position.
To solve this problem set the switch to on of the number or time delay settings.

Security Light Motion Detector Flood Light Settings

Outdoor Flood Light Motion Detector Settings

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Motion Detector Settings

The bottom of the motion detector head is where the settings need to be adjusted for optimal performance of your outdoor lighting fixture.

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The Flood Light  On Time Switch Settings

  • TEST
  • 1 Minute
  • 5 Minutes
  • 20 Minutes


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4 Responses to “How To Adjust Outdoor Flood Light Settings”
  1. lisa says:

    I have a light will not go off even when I adjust the minutes setting.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Lisa,
      Check the sensitivity setting as well, and make sure the light fixture is not in the Manual Override Mode.
      The manual override mode is typically activated by turning the controlling switch off, and back on after a brief delay of a few seconds.
      I hope this helps,
      Dave

  2. Bob carlson says:

    Dave, Somehow both my motion detector spots now longer have the red detector light on. Both liters turn off and on fine. How do I reset the detector portion. Thanks, Bobw4D9

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Bob,
      Manual Override Operation for a Motion Detector
      Some motion detectors have an override feature when they are controlled by a switch. For example: The controlling switch can be switched off, wait about six seconds, then turn the switch back on, which will place the lights into a manually on mode. To return the motion lights back into the automatic mode the controlling switch is again turned off, wait six seconds, then turn the switch back on again.
      Sensitivity Settings of a Motion Detector
      If the manual override feature does not work, then check the sensitivity settings on the motion detector head by adjusting the sensitivity dial located on the bottom of the detector head.
      I hope this helps,
      Dave


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