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Old 04-14-2019, 01:19 AM   #1
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Suggestions For Converting Existing Exterior Home Lights Into Motion Sensing Setup


What would be the easiest and most cost effective way to turn my existing home exterior lights into an automatic motion sensor lighting system?

The lights are somewhat useless in my opinion when they do not automatically turn on when coming home at night and for security reasons.

I would prefer not to change the light fixtures, because they are fairly new and look great. I also want to add a couple more lights to the same circuit for front yard walkway area.

There are 3 light fixtures on the outside all connected to one light switch in the main entrance foyer.
I am wondering if there is some sort of exterior grade motion sensor that I can wire into the light switch that will turn all the lights on that circuit on.
I have also seen some motion sensing light bulbs on the market.

Would love to read your suggestions.
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Old 04-14-2019, 06:55 AM   #2
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Just google "outdoor motion sensor switch".

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They make photo cell "sockets"---unscrew bulb, screw in adapter socket, screw bulb back in, turn on power. Dawn to dusk though, no adjustment of time possible.
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You can add the motion detector to an existing light. But you are going to lose that "look" you so like right now because it's going to have the dangley detector hanging below the light.

https://www.google.com/search?client...etector+sensor
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My light switch is inside. I am wondering if there is a motion sensor device that I can put outside and wire it to my switch in a manner that it will trigger the switch and turn the lights on.

(I wouldn't be asking here in the forum if I already found what I am looking for on google search )

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Some of them will turn on and off by the way you toggle the switch. Turn it on and off twice in one second and it will leave the light on permanently. Do it again and it will turn it into a motion detector. Leave the switch off and it's off permanently.

Most of them will do this.
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My light switch is inside. I am wondering if there is a motion sensor device that I can put outside and wire it to my switch in a manner that it will trigger the switch and turn the lights on.

(I wouldn't be asking here in the forum if I already found what I am looking for on google search )

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You can add a motion sensor to each light, and leave the inside light switch "on' all the time.

Or add motion sensor bulbs to each fixture, and again, leave the inside switch "on" all the time.

Or add one strategically-placed motion sensor for the entire circuit (tap into the circuit), and then all the light will come on when you trip it.

Note that once you do these, you're going to be relying on motion to turn them on. No more "we'll leave the light on for ya".

Another alternative: install separate lighting (not operated by that switch) that is motion-activated. You could run power off another outlet inside.

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My light switch is inside. I am wondering if there is a motion sensor device that I can put outside and wire it to my switch in a manner that it will trigger the switch and turn the lights on.
There are plenty, but you don't use them to "trigger" the switch. Leave the switch turned on, and install the sensor between the switch and the wire(s) feeding the lights.

Plenty to choose from here:

https://www.amazon.com/s?k=outdoor+m...b_sb_ss_i_1_24
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