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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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How to wire switch for outside motion sensing light

I have an outside motion sensing light which uses a nitewatch MW-12 motion detector. There is an existing Intermatic Inc. SS7 switch on the inside of the house which is very convoluted to program (...
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How should dual motion sensors be connected? [duplicate]

One supply parallel to connecting two motion sensors. In between lights connected. Lights common for two sensor. In same time two sensors activated in the sense any problem happens sensor and ...
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Repurposing outdoor LED security floodlights for an indoor sconce

I am trying to create a very bright wall sconce using two LED security floodlights. I have disassembled the floodlights so I could remove them from the very bulky, heavy duty outdoor metal packaging. ...
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How would I wire a motion sensor to a fluorescent light?

How would I wire this motion sensor to the fluorescent light? I’ve heard that not all motion sensors are created equal and it may shorten the lifespan of the bulbs or possibly the transformer but if ...
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Can I control a 20 amp outlet with a motion sensor?

I have a bathroom in my shop building that I use infrequently. I do not want to maintain hot water 24/7 there. I want to use a Bosch 2.5 gallon instant hot water device connected to a cold water line....
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PIR motion sensor interference by nearby CFL

I have a Passive Infrared Motion Detector (this one) in my walk-in closet that turns on the light when someone walks in. This setup has been working fine for many years. Outside of the closet is ...
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I purchased a Lutron occupancy sensor MS-OPS5MH-WH. I have no ground available.

I purchased a Lutron MS-OPS5MH-Wh. It has 2 black wires one green one blue and one bare. I hooked up the two black wires but do not have a ground (green and bare).. When hooked up the light is on ...
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Retrofit motion sensor to multiple switch, multiple fixture floodlights

I want to retrofit motion sensing onto my floodlights. I want to be able to easily override the motion sensing lights-on function to turn on the lights whenever I want. I have three double-bulb ...
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How do I remove/uninstall this security motion sensor?

I have a security motion sensor that controls a pair of security lights. Unfortunately, the sensor has failed and I want to replace it. For some reason, there doesn't appear to be a way to remove/...
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Best way to install light switch inside the bathroom which is currently outside

I have a light switch installed outside the bathroom which I would like to install inside the bathroom so I can install a motion sensor light switch. What is the best way to do this? Should I ...
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Simple remote outdoor light switch that fits in a receptical box

Upfront warning - I am pretty sure I am lacking the nomenclature to ask this succinctly. I am installing an outdoor lamp with a store bought motion detector on a post about 30ft from the house. In ...
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Help wiring a ceiling fan switch with oscillating and fan switch

Here is what I have going on. I currently have a motion sensing switch wired in the garage to a single light. From that light two outlets have been added to plug in two additional overhead shop lights....
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Installing a new motion detector switch

I need to install a new motion detector light switch. My old motion detector switch only had 3 wires (hot, neutral and ground). I only have 2 wires in the wall a hot and a neutral wire. The wall is ...
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How do I replace or repair a motion sensor PIR lens?

The PIR lens/translucent cover for my motion sensor for my outdoor light kit broke. Crumbled to the touch after about a year outside despite being made for outdoors. The sensor is now way too ...
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Timer device and Motion Sensor on same box?

New outdoor GFCI box installed from existing indoor receptacle, plus new LED motion sensor installed from GFCI box, plus plug-in timer device for patio lights. Will motion sensor timer and plug-in ...
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“Power off” motion detector [closed]

Is there an exterior motion detector that turns power off instead of on when someone enters a space? All internet inquiries have only found power on detectors. I've also found "light curtains" but ...