How Do I Wire My Motion Sensor Light?
July 7, 2006
Q: I’m trying to replace my old light with a 2 head flood light that has a motion sensor. I lost the directions and I’m not sure how to hook up the motion sensor. I have a black, red, white and green wire. I hooked up the white to white and green to the bare copper. What do I do with the black and red wires from the sensor?
A: Hook the red wire from the motion sensor to the black from the light. Hook the black wire from the motion sensor to the incoming black. Once you turn on the power, check it immediately. Most motion sensors have a photocell built into them and they won’t work during daylight hours. There should be a test button on the sensor to override the photocell and test the operation.
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