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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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Wiring diagram for a 3-way motion light switch

Does anyone have a wiring diagram for the Cooper Wiring Devices 390-6105XX-EG1D 3-Way Motion Light Switch? Asking on SE because this switch does not have standard screw terminals like other switches ...
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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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Need help with a wiring diagram [closed]

I found this site while searching for electrical wiring advice... and it looks like this community might be able to help me solve my puzzle. I found 3 traffic light lenses (one red, one yellow, one ...
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Motion detecting ceiling light

I have installed a motion detecting, flush mount ceiling light and even with the range at it's lowest setting, the light constantly turns on. This light is not connecting to a wall switch, go figure.....
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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 ...
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Can a home motion detector work through frosted or clear glass? [duplicate]

I'm thinking of installing a motion detector inside an existing recessed fixture over my front door in order to illuminate the stairs and door lock at night. Home Depot sells a small sensor that can ...
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Replacing 3-way switch in 4-way circuit with an occupancy switch - not working correctly [duplicate]

I'm trying to replace one of the 3-way switches in a 4-way switch circuit with a 3-way occupancy sensor. Here's my current wiring for the occupancy sensor: And here's the current wiring for the ...
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Activating a door bell inside apartment after motion sensor outside detects movement

Does anyone know what is the best way to connect a doorbell switch to a 3-way motion sensor switch that currently turns on lights in an entryway?
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motion detector clcks but no light

I'm trying to install a motion detector in a circuit with 4 halogen spot bulbs and no other switches. There used to be a regular switch before, so I know the spot bulbs work. When I pass in front of ...
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Setting up an automatic camera system

I would like to set up a camera system in my new apartment. The setup i would like would be 2 camera's that would record for 10 minutes whenever the door opens. It be nice if i could record the video ...
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How do I emulate an incandescent bulb?

I picked what I thought was a very fine brand of motion sensor, but the units are lasting only a few months. It's a 3-wire sensor: always-hot and neutral power the sensor, and switched-hot is passed ...
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Having issues connection motion sensor

I bought an in-wall PIR switch (http://amzn.to/293hYyJ) and I'm trying to install it. The switch has 4 wires: red, black, white and green In my wall, I had 2 black wires and a green one that were ...
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Wireless Networked Sensor Light?

I would like to install a group of outdoor sensor lights that will turn on all sensor lights when one of them is triggered, like NetBright, but I do not want battery-operated ones. Are there products ...
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Outdoor motion sensor pendent light [closed]

On my front porch I have one of those ugly builder standard porch lights. I'd like to replace it with a pendent light, but I also want it to be controlled by motion sensor. The primary purpose of ...
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Motion sensor activates for no apparent reason

I've been looking at some of the other questions about sensors, but I can't find a solution to my problem. I have a movement sensor (PIR i presume) that turns on a light when movement is detected. ...
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Add motion sensor and timer so either can turn on front lights

I currently have 4 fixtures, 2 recessed above the garage and 2 enclosed lamps near the front door. They're controlled by a switch that has a builtin timer. I'd like these lights to come on around ...
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Always On (Closed, Loaded) Temporary Timed Off Switch

In my backyard I have a couple of motion activated PIR lights. I also have string lights across the yard that need to be plugged in to turn on. What I would like to do is this. I would like to have a "...
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Installing Light Switch

I'm trying to connect a new light switch but can't seem to figure out what connects with what. Can someone please help me? Thank you!
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Install an occupancy sensor, old switch has 3 black wires

I have an odd situation. I bought a simple occupancy sensor switch but when I opened it up there's an additional red load wire. The existing switch has 3 black wires and the neutral and ground are ...
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Wiring for Dimmable Security (motion detector) Floods

I'd like my 2 sets of outdoor security lights to be dimmable (in all settings) from a single switch. The electrician said he ran one (always on) power line for the motion detectors and another line ...
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Installing a PIR Motion Detector - Not working because it requires a neutral wire

This is going to make me sound daft but I am new to DIYing and by no means an electrician! But I am trying to install a motion sensor light switch on the ceiling where a pull cord switch used to be. ...
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Operation of two 3-way occupancy switches

Considering using occupancy switches for my basement. I have not worked with these before but they sound appealing as hands are often full with laundry baskets, etc. There is an existing conventional ...
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How does a 3-way motion sensor switch interact with the mechanical switch on the circuit?

I want to install a 3-way circuit covering a hallway and stairwell. The top of the stairs and hallway would be covered by the motion sensor and the bottom by the mechanical switch. What happens if I ...
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What is an A-19 light bulb or lamp?

This may sound simple to some but I bought a couple exterior light fixtures. They say only use type A-19 light bulbs or lamps. From what I guessed looking through the net I think this means no CFL ...
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Do I need to leave the light switch turned on all the time for a motion sensor to work?

I installed a halogen floodlight today so I adjusted the sensor tonight for it to work and it did. I thought by turning on the switch the light would stay on and when it is turned off the sensor would ...
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Can I control a 1500-watt electric wall heater with a motion-sensing switch?

I want to buy a 1500-watt electric wall heater with a built-in fan to supplement heat in a basement room. I want to wire it to an occupancy-sensor wall switch that I can turn off entirely in the ...
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Replace one of the 3way switch to sensor switch in the hallway

I have TWO 3-way switch in my hallway for light fixtures and I tried to replace one of the them to be a motion sensor switch. Both are working before the replacement, I can turn on and off with both ...
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Is there a 3-way occupancy switch with one sensor being external?

I have two lamps wired to a 3-way regular switch: one in a hallway and another one on the staircase following it. I would like to change the regular switch with motion detection occupancy one, but ...
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Can multiple 2-way occupancy motion sensor switches be used together?

Can multiple 2-way occupancy (AKA motion) sensor switches be used together? For the top and bottom of a staircase, I want the lights to be on if either switch senses motion and the lights stay on ...
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How to find a motion sensing light switch that turns lights on AND off when motion is detected?

Location: USA. The light switch to our laundry room is in the hallway outside the door. I replaced the standard light switch with a motion sensing switch (Leviton ODS10-ID). When we enter the room, ...