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Motion Sensor Controlled Landscape Lighting

By Dave Rongey - Summary:

How can I use a motion sensor to control my outdoor landscape lights? How to Use a Motion Sensor to Control Landscape Lighting, A Solution to Motion Controlled Landscape Lighting.

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Electrical Question: How can I use a motion sensor to control my outdoor landscape lights?

This electrical question came from: Matt, a Homeowner from Mound, Minnesota.
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Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Matt.

Using a Motion Sensor to Control Landscape Lighting

Application: Landscape Lighting Control.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best installed by a Licensed Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools and Voltage Tester.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience and ability to work with tools.
Precaution: Identify the landscape lighting circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

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2 Responses to “Motion Sensor Controlled Landscape Lighting”
  1. Dave Rongey says:

    Hi Robert,
    The motion detector and transformer that you have described would have to be examined to find out if the motion sensor is wired into the primary or secondary side of the transformer. Basically the wiring of the motion sensor should match the original setup if a replacement transformer will be installed.
    I hope this helps,

  2. rhfjr says:

    I had a 600 watt outdoor lighting transformer that had a place to plug in a motion sensor which could be located up to 20 ft away.

    The transformer died, and I cannot find a 600 watt transformer that has a built in motion sensor.

    I want to use the old motion sensor on a new transformer. Where can I find an answer on how to connect the old sensor? I realize I will need to either hard wire it or add a female plug and change the existing male plug to match.

    By the way this motion sensor has a three prong plug.