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Motion Light Installation Tips

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Here are some installation tips and guidelines to remember when installing your motion detector light.  Don't worry -- it's not that hard!  Read the instructions that come with your light, because each light is a little different.  Most instructions will provide easy to read, step-by-step instructions that will guide you through the process.  Here are some additional things to keep in mind:

  • The cover of the outdoor electrical box (on your motion light fixture) must be waterproof. Your installation kit should contain a rubber gasket to ensure a good seal to keep moisture out of the box.  Seat the rubber gasket carefully. Also, if your electrical box will be placed up against a rough surface, or if you just want to ensure a good moisture-proof seal, caulk it as well. 

  • Moisture will ruin the detector and light socket--this can come from water seepage.  Their are various ways to easily prevent this--a couple of tips include (a) locating the light fixture under a protected area or eave, or (b) use bulb seals to add a moisture barrier between the bulb and light socket, and angle the bulbs downward to keep water out of the socket.

  • Your detector is triggered by heat--heat from the light bulbs in your fixture can cause your detector to falsely trigger if too close.  To avoid this, keep the bulb and detector as far apart as possible.

  • Carefully adjust the motion detector distance range and field of view to get the most out of your detector light.  This will help avoid nuisance triggers due to heating vents, trees and shrubs, neighbors, normal traffic, etc.

  • Check for local ordinances, special rules and regulations that may apply to the work you will be doing.  If required, get an electrical permit from your local department of inspections. Consider calling an electrician to have your work inspected after your are done, or if you have any questions.

  • CAUTION: Never let your body, ladder or tools come into contact with overhead power lines while working.  This can cause serious injury or death!

  • CAUTION: If you have aluminum wiring, call a professional electrician.  Aluminum wiring requires special handling. This wiring is dull gray, not the dull orange that’s characteristic of copper.  Do not attempt to work with aluminum wiring yourself due to the dangers involved.

Browse the other articles on our site for further installation advice and tips. 

 

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