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I have two outdoor lights. One above the entry door to the house and the other above the garage. The are in series. When I turn the light switch both of them turn on. There has been a series of break-ins in the neighborhood and I wanted to install a motion sensor light above the garage. I soon realized that the light above the entry door would be on all the time, defeating the purpose of having a motion sensor light. So somebody told me to buy another motion sensor light to put above the entry door…I did. I still haven’t been able to get it to work…I first made sure that all the wires are connected properly, the breaker is on etc. the basics. I believe that the circuit goes from the switch to the entry door light to the light above the garage.
This electrical question came from: Keith , from Sudbury, Ontario, Canada.
Thanks for your electrical question Keith.
Yes – a motion detector head may be installed and wired to control a separate light fixture.
Wiring Light Fixtures
Electrical Project Skill Level:
Beginner to Intermediate.
Electrical Tools Required:
Basic Electricians Pouch of Hand Tools, Non-Metal Step Ladder, and a Voltage Tester.
Depends on personal level of experience, ability to work with tools for install lighting fixtures, and the available access to the project area. Electrical Safety:
Identify the lighting circuit, turn it OFF and Tag it with a Note before working with the wiring.
Electrical Wiring Parts and Materials:
Electrical parts and materials for home lighting projects should be approved for the specific project and compliant with local and national electrical codes.
Electrical Codes and Inspections:
Installing additional electrical wiring for lighting should be done according to local and national electrical codes with a permit and be inspected.
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