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Wiring Two Outside Motion Lights to One Switch

How to Wire Two Outside Motion Security Light Fixtures: The Most Common Wiring Connections for Two Outdoor Light Fixture.

Wiring a Switch for Two Outside Motion Lights
Electrical Question: What is the correct wiring when adding a second outside motion light to an existing switch?

This electrical question came from: Ron, a Homeowner from Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical wiring question Ron.

How to Wire Outside Motion Security Light Fixtures

Application: Security Light Fixture Wiring.
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate – Best wired by a licensed electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Hand Tools and Safe Ladder.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal experience, the light fixture and access to the light fixture.
Precaution: Identify the light fixture circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Notice: Replacement parts for the light fixture should be compatible with the type of lamps that have been installed.

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4 Responses to “Wiring Two Outside Motion Lights to One Switch”
  1. khabib says:

    Can I run a pig tail off of an existing switch for a porch light so that I can install two motion sensors outside, but I need to also have a switch for these two lights so that they have their own independent on an off switch.

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Khabib,
      An additional light switch may be wired at the switch box for an additional light fixture if the complete circuit wiring is present, for example a 120 volt circuit includes a hot, neutral, and a ground wire. However if the switch box only has wiring for switching only, and the neutral wire of the circuit is not present then providing circuit power for additional light fixtures is not possible.
      Thank you for sharing your question about wiring motion lights,

  2. Rob says:

    Can I wire my outdoor motion sensor lights directly to a hot wire bypassing the wall switch which controls porch light?


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