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torizus 03-13-2011 12:28 PM

Is it possible to override IR sensor with single switch?
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I'm installing an outdoor twin flood light with motion sensor and I am thinking of using a single pole wall switch to bypass the ir sensor when desired. Is the following install viable ?
The incoming power(Hot) is connected to one hot leg of sensor along with one leg of wall switch. The output leg of sensor and wall switch now go directly to the both hot wires of the floods.
The incoming Neutral is direct to neutral legs of sensor and floods.
Will this configuration allow the wall switch to over ride the sensor and power the flloods although no motion is detected ?
FYI The light fixture model is a Heath/Zenith SL-5412
I have tried to attach a crude schematic of my plan,not sure if it attached.


a7ecorsair 03-13-2011 12:52 PM

Electrically it would work but what you do not know is how the IR circuit is made. You would be placing line voltage on the output side of the IR device when it could be in the inactive state which would be OK if the output is a mechanical relay. If it is some type of solid state device it may damage it.

brric 03-13-2011 01:13 PM

You need a 3-way switch. Connect the power to the common screw. In one position the power will be switched through to the IR sensor. switched to the other position power will be supplied directly to the fixture.

jcrack_corn 03-13-2011 01:43 PM


no. dont do this.

buy a motion flood light with override (typically turn light switch on, then off, then on within 1 second and it will manually turn light on and leave it on).

they are abundantly common.

a7ecorsair 03-13-2011 02:54 PM

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He doesn't need a different light, he needs to read the manual:thumbup:

torizus 03-13-2011 03:05 PM

Thanks for the quick responses, introducing line volt into the sensor output is my main concern but most likely only a Zenith engineer could confirm it. That prob ain't gonna happen.
My primary objective was to somewhat illuminate an area outside of the motion sensors directed focus. This is to check my field prior to allowing my dogs out, the sensor is directed at the patio and rear doors but not the doors that the dogs come out of,which will not trigger the sensor. This model does have the reset feature as you suggested, I guess using that is being sure and safe as opposed to taking chances on the alternative.

Thanks for opinions.

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