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How to use a sensor switch in combination with a manual On/OFF switch?

I want to create following simple scenario. I want to use a motion sensor light switch at the entrance of the room. It will be connected with a strip light in the room. So that when someone enters the ...
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I would like to change my current switch to motion sensor switch, however, the switch is blocked by the washer. What is the easiest way to do this?

There are a couple of options I'm considering: Ceiling-Mount Occupancy Sensor Change all the current light LED bulbs (g24d) to motion sensor bulbs. But I need to buy adapters (g24 to e27). Motion ...
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Adding motion sensor to outdoor lights

I’m planning to add 2 motion sensors for flood lights and porch lights (to automatically turn lights from porch or driveway). Currently my flood lights connected to 3 may switch and porch to 2 way ...
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Multiple motion switches in parallel OR operation for stairway

2017 NEC 210.70.A.2 gives the following exception: Exception to (A)(2)(1), (A)(2)(2), and (A)(2)(3): In hallways, in stairways, and at outdoor entrances, remote, central, or automatic control of ...
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Can I stop tenants from leaving their small, 1,500 electric oil-filled radiators ON while they are gone using an 'occupant sensor' control recepticle?

I have two tenants who always forget to turn "OFF" their little 1,000 watt portable oil-filled radiator heaters when they leave for work all day! My electric bill is already too high, and I ...
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Is it normal for a motion sensor to heat up when idle?

I have a wall-plugged night light with lighting and motion sensors. It has three possible states: When the room is lit up, all LEDs are off. When the room is dark but there is no motion, only one ...
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How can I bypass the motion sensor on a Handy-Brite solar flood light?

I need to rewire a solar flood light so that when the switch is in the "on" position, the flood light remains on continuously being shut off at the switch. In the "off" position, ...
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Lightswitch - Ground too short

I was wondering what would be the best way to extend the ground cable from this lightswitch box? I am trying to install a motion activated light on another box but this one has both ground wires cut ...
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Why are the switches connected and each one has two black wires going to one terminal?

I’m trying to replace a standard switch with a motion sensor switch. The box has a switch for the light and a switch for the fan. For some reason they are each connected by a black wire. There are ...
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Necessary with 2 neutral terminals on Light Sensor (Steinel Nightmatic 3000)?

I am installing a Steinel Nightmatic 3000, which has the circuit diagram: But since I have a 3 core cable to hand leading to my junction box I would like to install it in the following way: [...
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How can I see if there’s motion in one room from another?

I want to setup a motion sensor in a particular room and have a small LED or something turn on in another room. Is this even possible? Ideally battery powered and wireless.
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Multiple motion sensors for multiple led strips wiring

im trying to prepare a wiring schema for my home lighting: Lobby sensor should control only lobby led strip. Stairs upper sensor should control lobby and stairs led strips. Stairs lower sensor should ...
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looking to use a motion detector to turn lights OFF

I am looking to use a motion detector to turn off lights with motion. Installing UV lights in a room for disinfection purposes and want those light to shut off when someone enters the room and the ...
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LNLN Motion Sensor - Replacing Switch, Help with RED wire

I purchased a motion sensor to operate the lights in my garage. The Motion sensor has four terminals labeled LNLN. When I remove the switch, I have a Black wire, white wire, bare wire, and a RED wire ...
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How can I troubleshoot faulty motion-sensor security lights on a timer?

I have around 5 security lights with motion sensor around the house but they are not working, and I couldn't figure out where the switches are. Finally, in the garage I found this timer (attached). I ...
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Outdoor 3-way motion sensor on a low volt circuit?

50ft path from driveway to front door. Volt 150w transformer. 5 kichler fixtures, currently daisy chained. no significant drop. Want a motion sensor on each end: exactly how does one wire this? Thanks!...
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Motion sensor issue

I installed a light sensor switch. But it's controlling everything on that breaker? so when it's activated the other lights and outlets are energized, but when it turns off it de-energizes everything ...
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I'm replacing an old 3-wire motion sensor with a new sensor that has 4 wires. How do I install this?

I'm replacing an old 3-wire motion sensor (cracked housing) with a new Leviton PS100-70W motion sensor. This new sensor has 4 wires (1 black, 1 white, 2 blue). How do I install this properly? I ...
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Motion sensor ground connection won’t work?

Bought a Leviton IPS02 motion sensor light control. When I wire it as per photo, which is as per instructions, it turns on once when I turn breaker on. Then turns off after timer runs out, the. Doesn’...
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Short Circuit in my Garage light socket

A few months back I installed a Lutron motion sensor switch in my garage. I noticed later that one of my exterior outlets that is in the garage circuit stopped working. So I plugged a Sperry GFCI ...
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Occupancy sensor to turn off socket

I want to install an occupancy sensor, preferably something simple that I can just plug into the wall socket, like one of those: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Westek-Plug-In-Motion-Activated-Control-...
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Motion Sensor control on a carport light, with "over-ride" or "reversing" action from a 2 or 3 way light switch

This project is to create a "security" system to light up the carport anytime someone enters or drives into the carport, but also with the ability to be remotely turned on for security suspicions or ...
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Does this wiring for the addition of a switch to bypass the PIR look correct?

Is that correct?]2]2[]2I have wired a 120v water valve with a motion sensor and it works fine (see top photo). I want to add a switch (see bottom photo) that will bypass the PIR(motion sensor)for ...
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Replacing SPST light switch with Occupancy sensor

I have a standard single pole single throw switch and I am installing an occupancy sensor. The existing switch only uses black wires on the switch, one on top one on bottom and the ground. The ...
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Installing a Ring Flood Light Camera

I want to install a Ring Floodlight Camera, in place of a motion detector outside the garage. The Motion detector triggers the 4 lights above of the garage to turn on, and there is a switch inside the ...
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moving light switch from closet outer wall to inner wall and turning it into Maestro occupancy light switch

I want to change a closet light switch to inside the closet and make it a maestro occupancy switch. I took the current switch off and didn’t take a picture only to find that it must be in middle of ...
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What are the pros and cons on installing a typical garage floodlight kit, inside your garage?

I have a few extra kits and a dark garage... and I am like why not inside? This thing would take 20 minutes to install and would pump out 225W. Some other things that have come to mind. Is there a ...
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Installing sensor dimmer to replace bathroom light switch beside fan switch

I'm trying to install a Lutron Maestro sensor dimmer to replace an existing bathroom light switch (on the left in picture) that is beside a fan switch (on the right in picture), however I can't seem ...
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Motion sensor light fail on this old house

My old home has a mixture of knob and tube, 2-wire, and 3-wire (w/ ground). I replaced an incandescent floodlight with a motion sensing, LED light. The circuit also has another switch in the garage, a ...
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PIR Wall Switch Occupancy Sensor not working WSP-250

Good evening. My wall switch went from not working at all to now staying on. I removed it from the wall and it is now working but won’t shut off. I can hear something rattling on the inside as we were ...
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Motion detector switch affected by heater?

We have a 35X50 shop that was recently built and it is lit with LED lights in the ceiling controlled by a motion sensor switch on the wall by one of the man doors. The switch is not close to the ...
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Fix blinking LEDs with a motion sensor (when off)

I have bought a new motion sensor for my corridor LEDs. The lights turn on fine with it, however, when the sensor is set to OFF, the lights blink indefinitely (a few times per second) and never ...
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Help debugging this circuit, voltage across lights drops to half unexpectedly. Diagram in post

I fitted a PIR sensor at my parents' to turn the bathroom light on and off automatically last week but the lights are very dim. On inspection, there is only half of the potential difference across the ...
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Reusing ADT motion sensors

I bought a 4 level house that had an ADT security system with a motion sensor in every room. I never used it since moving in. But I have a fun project in mind: I'd like to drive my kids nuts when ...
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What did I do wrong with this Legrand RRW600U wiring?

I just moved into a new house, and I'm trying to wire up TWO Legrand RRW600U 3-way occupancy switches to a light in the basement. I want motion at the top or bottom of the stairs to turn on the light....
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Clarify light sensor wiring diagram

I have 4x 55W florescent tubes in my garage, two per fitting. Its dark in there, the garage door opener has a uselessly tiny light. So the plan is to fit an omnidirectional ceiling motion sensor. ...
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What is the typical vertical angle field of view for a PIR motion sensing light switch?

PIR (passive infrared) motion sensing light switches advertise the arc for which they detect motion, but that is only the horizontal arc. I can't find information on the vertical angle for their field ...
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Help wiring occupancy sensor

I had a Lutron Maestro MS-OPS2 occupancy sensor wired in a small handy box and it worked fine. Here is a photo of how it was wired then: Since the box was too small and I wanted to put a finished ...
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lutron sensor switch - wiring help

I have the Lutron Maestro 2 Sensor Switch. As seen in the picture, it has a ground and 2 black wires. My junction box has black and white, and is a metal junction fully grounded. Im not sure what I ...
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Multiple motion sensor lights on one switch

I have a switch inside my house which feeds power to two fixtures on opposite corners outside. I installed LED motion sensor fixtures which have their own sensors and lights but they have never worked ...
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Single Pole Motion Sensing Light Switch

Attempting to install GE single pole motion light switch. The existing switch controls two lights in a small hallway. Can the single pole motion switch be wired for 2 lights?
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Is there a specific type of motion detector for use in long hallways?

I would like to select a single motion detector to drive lighting in a 70 foot hallway (straight corridor approximately 6 ft wide). A 70 by 6 foot rectangle is to be covered. If it is necessary to ...
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can an interior motion sensor be installed to an existing flourescent light fixture?

our pantry has a rocker switch to turn on/off the flourescent light, but my husband forgets to turn it off manually. I'd like to know if we can install a motion sensor in place of the rocker switch ...
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Troubleshoot motion detector that turns on for only a few seconds at a time

We have a light connected to a motion detector in our backyard. It detects motion and turns on the light for 2-3 seconds, then the light turns off again, and won't detect further motion. A single ...
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Motion sensor with bypass switch?

I wish to have a motion sensor on the lights in my garage, but I also want to have an override switch that works normally, and does not require a specific pattern to toggle the override in the sensor. ...
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Puzzled why motion sensor set off home alarm while away!

While I was out of town, my neighbor had called and left me a message that my home alarm was running for about 15 minutes on Christmas Eve. Upon arriving home the next day, I found the house secure ...
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LEDs won't turn on

I have a garage door opener which can have two lightbulbs screwed, that for some reason burn out LED lightbulbs approximately every 3 months. However, this time, the new LED bulbs I bought work ...
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Red wire in light fixture, no red wire in junction box

I just bought a pair of motion activated lights for the side of my garage. Standard connection turns on the light that triggered with motion. In order to have one light triggered, both lights turn on,...
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Motion sensor to flash a 12v light [closed]

I'm looking for a way to put a motion sensor at the end of the driveway and wire it about 150' up the driveway to a 12v light. The operation I'm looking for, is when the sensor sees a car I want the ...
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Trying to convert battery powered sensors to hard-wired sensors. Code / safety concerns?

I have a number of battery powered, low-power consumption zwave sensors installed around the house, such as contact, PIR or temperature sensors. These are most running on 3v (CR123 or 2 AAA) batteries ...
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