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How To Wire a Outdoor Sensor for a Security Light

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Electrical Question: How is the wiring connected for the motion sensor for a outdoor security light?

I’m connecting a 4-wire cable to an outdoor sensor for a security light. The actual light is separate and already connected. The new sensor to be fitted is a Titan TP140B/TP140W. The 4-wire cable extrudes from the wall and is connected to the sensor. The actual light, which is situated above it, is cabled separately.

This electrical question came from: Roy, a Homeowner from Saratoga, New York.

Dave’s Reply:
Thanks for your electrical question Roy.

Wiring a Outdoor Security Light Fixture

Application: Wire a Security Light Fixture.
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best Installed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor or Certified Electrician.
Tools Required: Basic Electricians Tool Pouch of Electrical Tools, and Voltage Tester, Fiberglass Ladder.
Estimated Time: Depends on personal level experience working with electrical wiring, the number of lights that will be replaced or installed and access to the light fixtures.
Precaution: Identify the lighting circuit or power source, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the electrical wiring and light fixture connections.
Notice: Installing additional electrical wiring for outdoor lighting should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.

Typical Wiring Connections for a Security Light Sensor

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Enjoy your security light!

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7 Responses to “How To Wire a Outdoor Sensor for a Security Light”
  1. Tom says:

    “How to wire a Outdoor Sensor for a Security Light”
    Dave, I have contacted you before concerning tis same topic. I am still stumbling about trying to wire two or more motion detectors to one or more lamps.
    I notice on the website where you advise that you CAN use one or more motion detectors to turn on and off 1 or more lamps by wiring a ‘control circuit’
    this seems to solve my problem if I am reading and understanding your advice correctly.
    Can I install the control circuit at each motion detector? Can you furnish the info I need to obtain, wire, and use the control circuit?
    Thanks So Much……
    Tom, Pensacola, Fl

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Tom,
      Yes, each motion detector can be wired to a relay, which in turn controls to power going to the light fixtures. This will isolate each motion detector from each other. I will be making a one-line wiring diagram which may help you. I will notify you when the diagram is up on the website.
      Be Safe,
      Dave

  2. Frikkie says:

    I had a security light removed, want to place it on another wall. The guy loosened all the wires. Can I send you a picture to help me please?

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Yes, Use the main Electrical Question form and submit your info and you can include the picture as well. I will take a look and see what you have.
      Dave

  3. harte says:

    I am replacing an old passive infrared movement sensor. I connect the live (red) and the neutral (blue) The third connection could be white, green, yellow or black. Which of these need to be connected as the wiring it connects to has these 6 wires.

  4. Melissa says:

    How do you wire a bell/buzzer (like a doorbell) to a motion sensor light, so that if the light is activated then the bell is too (to alert you to someone on your property at night) ?

    • Dave Rongey says:

      Hi Melissa,
      The easiest way to do this and have the flexibility to do even more is to obtain and install a motion fixture that is the X-10 type. X-10 is a technology that uses existing electrical wiring to transmit frequencies to other programmable devices. So an X-10 motion light could be set up to activate others X-10 devices which could then control a buzzer, or more lights.
      If you choose not to use X-10 devices then a motion detector could be wire so that it activates a relay, which could be used to switch a buzzer ON. The wiring, relay and components would be sized depending on the actual buzzer voltage that is used.
      This may help: Using Control Relays
      Be Safe!
      Dave

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