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My Motion Detector Light Stopped Working

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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Testing a Motion Detector Light Switch
When an electrician tests a switch for voltage, the electrical test leads should be done with one test lead to the ground wire or grounded portion of the switch box, and one test lead to one screw terminal of the switch, one at a time while operating the switch.
A Non-Contact tester may also be used instead of a voltage tester. The tip of the non-contact tester is typically held by each wire of the switch to check for voltage.

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