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Old 08-06-2007, 09:02 PM   #1
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Only half of my porch spotlights work...


I just did my first electrical job on my new home. I didn't think I did a half-ass job, but only half the lights work. It is a project of replacing an existing porch light and daisy chaining a 2nd one to cover the back yard.

Here's the scenario. Any advice would be great.

I bought 2 "small coverage" motion sensor spotlights. The white plastic kind with the 2 big halogen spotlights.

I had an existing porch light outside which I took down and replaced with one of the new ones. I then ran a 30 inch section of 12 guage yellow wire inside a conduit tube from that light to a 2nd around the corner of the house. New outdoor electrical housing and new wire.

Before hooking up the 2nd light, I tested the first, and both bulbs lit up.

After I hooked up the 2nd light, only one bulb on each porch light lit up. I checked all the wires and they seemed fine.

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Old 08-07-2007, 03:44 PM   #2
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This assumes that each flood set has a motion detector, and 2 lamp holders.
Also assumes each is seperately controlled by it's sensor.

In each flood set, there should be a black and white coming from each lamp holder, and a black, white, and red from the motion sensor.

All whites together, including incoming and outgoing power whites.
The red from the motion detector to the 2 blacks from the 2 lamp holders.
The incoming and outgoing blacks to the black from the motion sensor.

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After all this, I had 2 dead bulbs. Sorry for all the excitement!
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You know, I thought of that, and didn't mention it.

I guess it's on of those things, I always check the lamps first, before anything else, and hardly think anything of it.
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