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How to shape the zone a radar motion sensor detects?

The light in my bathroom is controlled by a radar motion sensor. The idea was that radar based sensors can be hidden inside the lamp itself and thus be invisible (so no sensor, no switch, only the ...
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How can I replace multiple 3 way switches with motion sensors?

My tenants never turn the lights off in the stairwells of my 3 family house, so I'd like to replace all of the light switches with motion sensors. Here is a crude diagram of how this is set up now. ...
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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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Motion sensing light triggered by fan on the same circuit

I have an inexpensive motion sensing light on the outside of my house, which is on the same circuit as a 120V thermostatically controlled duct fan that pulls warm house air into the space (it's an ...
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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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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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Can dimmable (triac) LED bulbs be used on a motion sensor switch without neutral wire?

I bought a bunch of these motion sensor switches. I also want to use these dimmable LED bulbs. The motion sensors do not have a neutral wire connector. My outlets only have a live wire and it would ...
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How can I replace a 3-way light switch with a motion sensor?

I'm trying to replace one of the three-way light switches in my garage with a motion sensor. But I'm confused by the wires on the existing switch. I thought the hot wire goes to the black screw ...
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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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How to keep an occupancy sensor triggered without motion?

I had to make changes in my office and now the main light switch (which is slave to an occupancy sensor, very likely passive infrared) is blocked from seeing me. The result is that every 5 min or so ...
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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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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 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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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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What are the things to look out for when buying a motion detector?

I was looking at portable motion detector that can detect motion within 0 meter to 50 meter. It can either sound an alarm or flash light when it detect motion. So, what are the things that I need to ...
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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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Is it really energy economy to use movement sensor for turn lights on?

I want to install those movement sensors in my house in replacement for the old light switch. I want to use those from elevator halls which has a 3 way switch to leave on, leave off and leave ...
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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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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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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, ...
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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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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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Are there motion light sensors available for multi-gang switches?

I suspect this is not available but I have rooms and bathrooms, all of which are multi-gang. 2 plus switches per plate. Are there slim line automatic switches for these configurations? Kids are ...
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Can I use low voltage lights with a motion sensor?

I have installed and wired low voltage exterior lights. They required a transformer to bring the AC to 24 volts. I want them controlled by a motion sensor so before the transformer I installed a ...
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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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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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“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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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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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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Can a light with a built in motion sensor, be used with dimmer switch?

My front lights are bright and have built in motion sensors. I would like the capability to dim these lights. So my question is, can I use a dimmer switch on these lights (with built in motion ...
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Garage Sensors Work Separately but Not Together?

Genie Intellicode IS Series, it had a previous owner. Sensors mounted in garage but not electrically connected (door closed by holding down button). Attached the sensors to the opener. The ...
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How can I improve the sensitivity of a motion detector light?

I bought a motion detector light a few weeks ago. It worked great out of the box, but now its sensitivity has lowered a lot. You need to be really close to it for it to detect motion. I tried ...
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Why aren't my motion detector lights working?

I have 4 motion sensing lights on 4 corners of my home and only one works and the other three do not light-up when I walk by... what might be the problem? Here is an attached picture to show the ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How can I install a motion sensor for a closet light?

I am a total noob when it come to house fixing stuff. I want to add some more lighting to my closet. Rather than place a small light bulb with the switch on my closet, I want the light to turn on ...
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Why aren't my PIR security lights working through my window?

Can any one help? I purchased a solar powered PIR security light, with the intention of putting it inside my kitchen window. The PIR would be inside the window, but this does not work. When I go ...
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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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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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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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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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Are there outdoor formaldehyde detection systems available?

We have a nearby factory polluting air with formaldehyde and when the wind occasionaly brings it to us we sense the smell and are forced to close the windows to not let it in. When the wave subsides ...
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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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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?