I am by no means an electrician, but for my new light fixture I did follow the following schematic - How should I connect the ground wire for my light fixture?

The old fixture kept burning out the bulb so I replaced it with a nice https://www.lightingdirect.com/heath-zenith-hz-4300-4-light-360-degree-motion-activated-outdoor-flush-mount-ceiling-fixture/p2675820

Was working fine and please note I installed:

  • White to White
  • Black to Black
  • And ground to bare ground wire (Actually ran the ground wire around the screw, which I am not sure if that is correct)

Now after installation the light was working fine, but now a couple of months later the light is glowing on an off (poltergeist) and I took it down and there looks like some brown burn marks. Is it time to call in an electrician?

I have thus turned out the light and not using till I get this resolved. I do not need to burn down our home.

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    Picture showing the burn marks would be helpful. Sounds like the electronics in the motion head are the real problem tho. While Heath zenith was once a quality brand that offered innovation anymore there stuff is kinda more in the cheap junk category.
    – Tyson
    Commented Aug 24, 2016 at 19:03
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    Are you using bulbs that have a higher wattage than the fixture is rated for?
    – Ed Beal
    Commented Aug 24, 2016 at 19:42
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    Where are you seeing burn marks?
    – Tester101
    Commented Aug 25, 2016 at 0:26
  • The brown burn marks where when I took the fixture down to check the wire connections.
    – Moojjoo
    Commented Aug 25, 2016 at 13:34
  • Yes 4 25 watt bulbs - Bulb type: 4 -Type B10, 25 Watt Candelabra base (Not Included)
    – Moojjoo
    Commented Aug 26, 2016 at 0:35

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The problem was the light fixture. The motion detector died. Replaced at lowe's and all is good.

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