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Floorwizard 10-21-2006 05:47 PM

I need to install motion lighting.
 
As some of you know, I bought my first house recently.
I know very little about any kind of house stuff except Flooring.

I bought this motion detector light at Lowes.
[IMG]http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...ebDSC00001.jpg[/IMG]


Now I need to mount it and wire it in this area.
[IMG]http://i15.photobucket.com/albums/a3...ebDSC00002.jpg[/IMG]

I would like to mount it in the middle above the garage door. But there is no existing light, so I think I am way outta my league. So as you can see, there is a light on the right hand side that should work o.k.
I already have a porch light, so I can do without that one.

But I would rather get more light to the left hand side of the house.
Am I best as a DIYer to use the light on the right?
And I know I need to shut off power to that area via the breakerbox. Any other useful tips from the pro's?
I will trade electrical help for floor help :)

mdshunk 10-21-2006 06:56 PM

My only tip is to take back that Create-a-Light piece of crap and buy a decent motion light. They've only been on the market a short while, and I'm already observing failures in the field. My only recommendation for motion lights is RAB's 'Stealth' light.

Mike Swearingen 10-21-2006 07:06 PM

I'm not a pro electrician just a long-time DIYer,but I've been doing all of my own electrical for many years, and I just happened to have installed a new motion detector light fixture recently.
We could tell you how to come out of the nearest junction box or your panel to center the new fixture over the garage opening if you prefer, but if you're not too experienced, I think that I would recommend just installing it where that porch light fixture is to the right of garage. You can easily adjust and direct the two lights on the new fixture in whatever direction you need.
The wiring is simple.
A. Turn ON that existing light fixture switch and turn OFF the panel breaker to it to make sure that it goes off (and then turn off the switch, too, just for extra safety).
B. Remove the existing light fixture (probably held on by a couple of screws). There should be a round j-box behind it. The new fixture should come with illustrated directions on how to install it. Follow the directions.
C. You should see the wires connected with wire nuts. They'
re color-coded, with the black being the hot, the white the neutral, and the bare or green is the ground. Disconnect the wire nuts from the old fixture, twist the new fixture wires clockwise onto the j-box wires and then twist the wirenuts back on clockwise, and reassemble.
Good luck!
Mike

mdshunk 10-21-2006 07:43 PM

And... if you choose to mount that Create-a-light where that existing light is...and that light happens to be mounted on a rectangular box, that Create-a-light won't work there. Take a look at the protrusions on the back. Those piece of crap Create-a-light's only work for mounting on 4" round boxes.

Floorwizard 10-21-2006 08:05 PM

The existing light is mounted on a round.
I just switched my lights in my master for a new light with a fan.
I am feeling more comfotable with the thought of installing the motion detector.
It does come with instructions, and it does seem I need to buy a square casing for it to mount to.


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