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Old 02-23-2012, 04:39 PM   #1
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I had a covered deck installed on the back of my house about 5 years ago. The deck guy installed a flood light assembly in the roof peak facing the yard. The light has a motion sensor on it so it only comes on when someone enters the field of the detector. I have since installed a swimming pool in my back yard and would like to have "control" of the flood light assembly as there is only a motion sensor that turns it off and on ( the deck guy never installed a switch to turn it off and on). Can I disable the motion detector and add a wireless remote to turn it on and off? Any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thanks!!

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Old 02-23-2012, 04:58 PM   #2
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If the motion sensor still works OK you could also wire a remote control switch from the "HOT" lead feeding the motion sensor to the switched "HOT" lead to the lamp fixture so that when the pool is in use the light stays on and doesn't switch on,off,on,off,on,off all the time,but then when no one is around it can still go back to it's security mode.

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If the motion sensor still works OK you could also wire a remote control switch from the "HOT" lead feeding the motion sensor to the switched "HOT" lead to the lamp fixture so that when the pool is in use the light stays on and doesn't switch on,off,on,off,on,off all the time,but then when no one is around it can still go back to it's security mode.
Huhh?? Now I'm really confused???? I pound dents out of fenders for a living, should I call an electrician?
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If you are not 100% confident,
then call an electricain.
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If you are not 100% confident,
then call an electricain.
Can I buy a wireless remote that I can splice in? Like the ones Hunter sells for ceiling fans?
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Old 02-23-2012, 06:41 PM   #6
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i would just add a regular light switch (somewhere convenient).

i had the same situation arise when i added a pool in my back yard. i added a switch in my garage for the motion light to act as an override. simply flipped off when the pool was in use or when doing anything in the light's coverage area that would trip the light. then turn back on when not in the area and you still have the security of a motion light. some of the more experienced on the forum may have some better suggestions though...

i agree though, a pro might be your best bet if you're not 100% confident.
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Old 02-23-2012, 07:35 PM   #7
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Add a switch that powers the motion sensor.
They all have some pattern of turning the power switch on and off within a certain time to give you manual override. The manual for the sensor is probably online somewhere and may have a diagram like this
http://www.google.com/imgres?q=state...1t:429,r:1,s:0
that tells you how to go from the 'sensor state' to the 'manual state'.
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I think that's what I'll do, maybe just drop down conduit from the fixture and add an out door fixture. It seem pretty straight forward. I think the part that confused me was when I asked the guys opinion at Lowes. Thanks for the suggestions everyone.
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I think that's what I'll do, maybe just drop down conduit from the fixture and add an out door fixture. It seem pretty straight forward. I think the part that confused me was when I asked the guys opinion at Lowes. Thanks for the suggestions everyone.

If you can drop four wires from the sensor,
then you can have a switch that will allow the light
to be either sensor controled, or not sensor controled.
one hot wire from before sensor switch. (for manual overide)
another hot wire from after sensor switch,(for automatic control).
A neutral line and of course an earth.

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