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Old 11-12-2013, 02:22 PM   #1
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Wiring of a 2-Bulb Halogen Motion Outside Light

I installed a new Outdoor 2-Bulb Halogen Motion Light from an outlet in a Utility Room, into a new Box Inside, through the outside wall and into another Outside Box. I did run a Ground Wire from the Existing Outlet to the new Outside Box.

When I ran the wiring to the Light itself, from the new Outside Box all I used was a Black and White (no Ground Wire). I did, however, ground the Light's Ground Wire to the Light's Box which is metal.

The Light functioned fine with just the Black and White wires. I think the other day we had a power surge or something. Now the Lights do not come on even though the Motion Red Light is coming on. I replaced both Halogen T3 bulbs (they were both Blown) and the Lights still do not come on.....not even in the Test Mode. Do I really have to connect the Ground Wire from the new Outside Box to the Light? By not having the Ground Wire attached, could that have led to the Bulbs Failing and may have caused the Motion Circuitry to have been damaged also?

I want to replace the Motion Light now, but do I really have to run the Ground Wire through the Conduit to the Ground Wires of the Light?



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The sensor may be fried and need to be replaced.


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