Install Dusk to Dawn Fixture by the Front Door
There is a switch by the front door that controls the outside lights. Should that fixture control the other two lights?
Dusk to Dawn Porch Light
Electrical Question: There is a switch by the front door that controls the outside lights. There is a fixture on the outside above the switch and 2 more fixtures on each side of the garage.
- There is a switch by the front door that controls the outside lights. There is a fixture on the outside above the switch and two more fixtures on each side of the garage.
- I want to install a light sensor (Dusk to Dawn) fixture by the front door. Should that fixture control the other two lights? Secondly, the current fixtures call for 60 W bulbs. I put in 100 W LED. Is that OK? Thank you for your help.
This electrical wiring question came from Frank, a Handyman in Oklahoma.
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Installing a Dusk to Dawn Light
Application: Install a Dusk to Dawn 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 Dusk to Dawn 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 Dusk to Dawn 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 Oklahoma. A permit and inspections may also be required.
Install a Light for a Front Porch
This electrical wiring project is about Installing a Dusk to Dawn Light at the Front Porch of an Old Home.
Install a Dusk to Dawn Light and Garage Lights
Reviewing the Electrical Question:
- There is a switch by the front door that controls the outside lights. Should that fixture control the other two lights?
- No. Each light should work separately.
- The current fixtures call for 60 Watt bulbs. I put in 100 Watt LED. Is that OK?
- Yes. Replacement LED bulbs produce less heat than an incandescent light bulb.
- NOTE: Because you may be installing a Dusk to Dawn light on the front porch, and the other outside lights are on the same switch, you may want the other outside light fixtures to be motion detector lights.
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Wiring a Switch for an Air CompressorWayne asks:
I am wiring my 240volt air compressor using 10/3 to a lighted 30 amp switch to place by exit door to turn off when im away.
My question is: when I wire the switch I will have essentially two hots, do I place both the black and red on one screw and the black and red on the other?
Also its the lighted Leviton 3032-plr, a lot of the comments say I need to use the neutral to operate the light.
I dont know what to do with that.
Thanks for your help.
Wayne, The Leviton 3032-plr switch that you have described is for 120volt applications and will not work on a 240volt circuit.
A typical 240 volt air compressor requires two hots and a ground wire.
A neutral wire is not required.
A 120volt lighted control switch could be wired as an add on control circuit, however this would require a separate 120volt control circuit, a 120volt lighted switch, and a 120volt control relay with 240volt contacts rated for 30amps.
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