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How to Wire a Surveillance Flood Light

How should I provide power for Surveillance Camera Flood Lights? Wiring for a Surveillance Camera Flood Light, Wiring to an Existing Power Source.


Wiring Surveillance Flood Lights
Electrical Question: How should I provide power for Surveillance Camera Flood Lights?

My electrical wiring project involves Changing the Wiring of a Motion Detector Light on an Attached Garage of a Home.

This electrical wiring question came from Scott, a Homeowner in Portland, Oregon.

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

How to Wire Surveillance Camera Flood Lights

Application: Change the Wiring a Motion Detector Light
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced – Best performed by a Licensed Electrical Contractor, or Certified Electrician.
Electrical Tools Required: Basic Electricians Pouch Hand Tools, Voltage Tester, and appropriate Safety Gear.
Estimated Time: Depends on the personal level experience, ability to work with tools, install electrical circuit wiring, and the available access to the project area.
Electrical Safety: Identify the electrical power source to the Motion Detector Light, turn it OFF and Tag with a Note before working with the electrical wiring.
Electrical Wiring Parts and Materials: Electrical parts and materials for the Motion Detector Light should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and National Electrical Codes.
Electrical Codes and Inspections: Installing or changing home electrical wiring should be done according to local and national electrical codes as adopted in Portland, Oregon. A permit and inspections may also be required.

Wiring for a Surveillance Camera Flood Light

Wiring to an Existing Power Source

The number of wires for a junction box depends on the exact box, however there are extension rings that can be added to most electrical boxes. For example you can get extensions for 4 Square, 3 Inch or 4 Inch Octagon boxes, as well as 1-gang, 2-gang and many other boxes.

Your power source may be from the existing light circuit inside of the garage, or from one of the wall receptacles. These options will depend on access, and if the walls and ceiling are covered are not.

Before making the connections, be sure you are not connecting to a wire controlled by a switch. This will require some testing or tracking down of the wiring to see where they end up.

Your plan is good, and you sound like a knowledgeable person, so I’ll bet you will do just fine.

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