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Old 2009-08-08, 08:15 AM
m & m m & m is offline
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Hi all,

Here's what I would like to know before buying and installing a motion detector light for the front of my house.

The front of my house has 3 lantern type lights connected to a single switch inside the home. What I would like to do is to replace only one lantern light with a motion detector light. The problem is that, once the motion detector light is installed, the switch must be on at all time. That would be a problem because the two other lights will be turned on 24/7/365.

What can I do to have 2 of the 3 lights still being used through the switch and the 3rd one automatically functions as a motion detector?

Sorry if the explanations above are not clear enough.

Thanks!

M & M
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Old 2009-08-08, 09:01 AM
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Do you want your two non-motion sensor lights to be on only at night time then? If so, you could always just buy a night sensor adaptor which you attach to the base of the bulb. I think I saw them at Rona for $15 or something.

But if you want full control of those two lights, then I think your only choices are to do some re-wiring or convert them into motion sensor lights too and just turn down their sensitivity.
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Old 2009-08-08, 11:37 AM
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What can I do to have 2 of the 3 lights still being used through the switch and the 3rd one automatically functions as a motion detector?
You would need to bring a new switched line to the light which you want controlled by the motion sensor. not something easily done now.

That light needs to be on a separate switch and/or have a dedicated hot line. Hot always comes from the switch so if you can manage to fish a new line from the switch box to the exterior box, that would work.
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Old 2009-08-08, 09:04 PM
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You would need to bring a new switched line to the light which you want controlled by the motion sensor. not something easily done now.

That light needs to be on a separate switch and/or have a dedicated hot line. Hot always comes from the switch so if you can manage to fish a new line from the switch box to the exterior box, that would work.
Hmmm.... all of that do not seem to be easy to do by someone who is not used to electrical work.

Thanks a lot for the information provided.

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