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My Motion Detector Light Stopped Working

Terry in Iowa asks: My motion detector light stopped working. I ordered new Patriot double LED motion detector light assembly.


Motion Detector Light Problem
Electrical Question: My motion detector light stopped working. How can I test the light switch to see if it is bad?

My motion detector light stopped working. I ordered a new Patriot double LED motion detector light assembly. Installed unit, worked one night then quick working. There is a switch inside my home for power. Is there power to both sides of this switch or power on one side and ground on the other? I put a meter to both sides of the switch and got no reading. Thank you for your help.

This electrical wiring question came from Terry, a Homeowner in Waterloo, Iowa.

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

Lost Power to a Motion Detector Light

Application: Lost All Power to 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 Waterloo, Iowa. A permit and inspections may also be required.

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