Although the sensor technology may differ, all 3-wire sensors are wired the same. Step 2 — Wiring There should be a black, white, and red wire coming from the photocell. Use the screwdriver to remove the bolts holding the fixture to the box. Place a wire nut over them and screw it on until tight. The power wires will connect to a power supply and the remaining wire to some type of load. Step 3 — Install the New Fixture Light fixtures with pre-wired motion sensors are installed just like a regular fixture. The white wire gets connected to the white wire of the fixture and the white wire of the wall box.
Step 5 — Finish it Up Gently push the wires back into the box. Step 3 — Wiring There should be a black, white, and red wire coming from the sensor. The red wire gets connected to the black wire of the fixture. Although I could not find anything showing what I needed, I did gather enough to attempt it. The circuit I'm interested in adding the photocell to has 4 fixtures on it between the two switches.
Touch each of these with the terminals from the voltmeter. How will it receive the signal from the light with the sensor? The reviews on amazon are great for this switch though, there's even a video explaining how to hook it up, but it doesn't seem to work for me. If it's working properly, the light should turn on within a few minutes. Hi there, I found your written instructions very helpful. I have already wired it with black to black and white to white. Do the same thing with the white wires.
Fit the wires through the gasket and move the gasket over the threads so it's right up against the base of the photocell. Two power wires and one load wire. It may also come with a soft waterproof gasket. There should be labels or a guide on the inside of the breaker telling you which switch controls what circuit. I have two exterior lights on each side of the garage, they were put in by an electrician 7 years after the house was built. Adding a photoelectric switch to your exterior lighting will save you money and increase your sense of safety around your home.
With the wires through the hole, you should be able to screw the motion sensor into the knockout. Use the electrical tape to secure the nut in position by wrapping the tape around the base of the nut and continuing to wrap it around the wires. With one hand holding the fixture, use your other hand to unscrew the wire nuts and separate the wires. Once I get this figured out, I would like to eventually incorporate a solar panel so that the battery gets charged during the day. The built-in computer calculates the times for dawn and dusk for your lattitude and longitude. As you are trying to drive a 12V light, you should put the jumper in place as per the video.
It will be round and it may have a slit through it so you can unscrew it with a screwdriver. Step 4 — Finish the Job Gently push the wires back into the box. There is a green light that indicates the sensor. Photoelectric switches are used in outdoor lighting. Now, follow the last step from above.
The red wire on the photoelectric switch should be connect to the black wire on the light. Dave Donovan is a freelance copywriter living in Atco, N. After the lights go out, set the sensitivity of the sensor using the dial on the side or the back of it. Other examples of a load could be a relay or machine alarm, just make sure the load rating of the sensor is not exceeded. You mentioned this switch isn't very good to begin with.
Go back and check your work, tightening any connections as necessary. The pic on amazon looks as if the jumper is not in place. Hooking the bulb directly to the battery works. Step 4 — Wiring Use the needlenose pliers to cut away the weathered part of the exposed wire ends in the box. As a side note: This is not a very good switch. As you can see wiring a 3-wire sensor is not too difficult.
This will prevent any unwanted contact between the screws and the side of the wall box. When I incorporate the switch into the circuit, the red light indicates that the switch is powered, but the sensor will not activate the switch. On the inside of the fixture, use the silicone sealant to seal around the knockout where the sensor is located. Twist and secure with the tape and wire nut as with the white and black wires. I will assume the lights do go out when the switch is off. Locate the power wires for the switch installation. Does the circuit behave as expected? The negative side of the battery must be connected directly to the one side of the light and the positive side will be connected to one of the two outside screwdown connectors - the middle screwdown will not be used in your case jumper in place.