I wanted to replace a light switch in my 70s built house with a motion sensor. The motion sensor has 4 wires: two black one green and a ground. When I unhooked the old switch I found it was connected to two wires. The top was straight forwarded but the bottom is a continuous wire looped around the screw.
I tried to connect a black to the cut wire and everything else to the continuous wire. The lights came on when I flipped the breaker but the switch didn’t work, ie. Wouldn’t turn off.
I figured I should understand what’s happening before any more experimentation. The local hardware guys were stumped. They just said the older house around here have some very janky electric!
Any help much appreciated.
Thanks all for the info.
Yes it appears the the continuous wire connects all three switches. Photos below.
Unfortunately the instructions are pretty useless, it just says connect the two blacks to two blacks from the wall, and the green and ground to ground wire from the wall. Also photo'd below.
It's a Lutron and does appear to be a UL device, at least it has the logo on the box.
@phil-g thanks much. I dont know anything about electric. Would you say to connect the blacks to the two grey wires (the cut and continuous) and try to attach the green and ground to say, the metal box? Or is there an identifiable ground wire?