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Old 09-19-2008, 07:15 PM   #1
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Question with wiring up a flood light.


I just bought a Motion sensor flood light from HD. This is my first time working on a home electrical besides replacing the receptacle at home. I don't really know much about home electrical but I work at lot in the 12v world,(computer and car audio).

On the flood light, it has 3 wires, Black, White and a bare cooper wire. I know that black is hot, white is neutral and bare cooper is ground.

The problem is the place where I want to put the flood light has no electrical power wire on it. The closest light fixture is at my front door and that is about 20 feet away. I also have a receptacle inside the garage but I will have to drill a hole from the outside to the inside. That is no problem, but I don't know if I can get a wire to just plug those 3 wires from the flood lights to the plug.

My question is, can I tape into the wires from my light fixture in the front door. If I do that, what type(gauge) wire should I buy? Or is there a kit that allows me to run the wire?

My other question is, is there a way that I can make the flood light plug into the receptacle plug.

Or what other ways can I wire the flood light safely.

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Old 09-19-2008, 08:41 PM   #2
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Information as to how to do this is available on the internet!

Try this site, it may assist you!
http://www.chiff.com/home_life/house/electrical.htm

I would advise you to hire an electrician. Then you will see how the job is done properly!
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Old 09-19-2008, 11:21 PM   #3
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I check that link and checked out all the sub links and I didn't find anything that explained about installing a flood lamp without using existing wires. At the moment I do not want to hire an electrician. I believe I can do this myself if someone tell how to do it safely.
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:54 AM   #4
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There are so many variables that will make or break this installation. If you had an existing fixture at that location and wanted to replace it, I feel we could definately assist you with this. The job you're describing is somewhat complex.

However, I feel that this is too much of a job for someone without the fundamental understanding of household current and wiring methods. If you do something wrong, the worst thing that can happen isn't a non-functional light...It is a house fire or an electrocution.

There's a time to DIY and a time to someone that knows what they're doing do the job with you, so you're more capable next time something electrical comes up. I feel we'd be negligent in giving you any advice besides telling you to involve an electrician.
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There are so many variables that will make or break this installation. If you had an existing fixture at that location and wanted to replace it, I feel we could definately assist you with this. The job you're describing is somewhat complex.

However, I feel that this is too much of a job for someone without the fundamental understanding of household current and wiring methods. If you do something wrong, the worst thing that can happen isn't a non-functional light...It is a house fire or an electrocution.

There's a time to DIY and a time to someone that knows what they're doing do the job with you, so you're more capable next time something electrical comes up. I feel we'd be negligent in giving you any advice besides telling you to involve an electrician.
Yep, I was tempted, but will back off. I agree.
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Ok, I thought this was something that I was able to do. I guess I will have to return the unit. I am not going to pay money to have the flood light installed, I don't need it that bad.
Thanks for the advice.
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Ok, I thought this was something that I was able to do. I guess I will have to return the unit. I am not going to pay money to have the flood light installed, I don't need it that bad.
Thanks for the advice.
Understandable. I think you're making a smart decision, and I respect you for making it.
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