Wired Outdoor Motion Detector to Receptacle

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Old 02-12-18, 10:33 PM
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Question Wired Outdoor Motion Detector to Receptacle

I have connected a motion detector to a receptacle. It works but I still would like to run the wiring by for review.

The power source is from an old lamp wire.

Motion Detector (Red wire) to Receptacle (Brass screw)
Motion Detector (White wire) to Receptacle (Silver screw)
Motion Detector (Black wire) to Power Source (HOT wire - smooth)
Power Source (NEUTRAL wire - rib) to Receptacle (Silver screw)

I assume the Red wire from Motion Detector resembles a switch?

Also, I know I should be using a ground wire too but for now, this setup is only for a led light.
 
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Old 02-12-18, 10:44 PM
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What is "lamp wire"? If you mean lamp cord it is the wrong type and size of wire. Better to use THWN, #14 for a 15 amp breaker or #12 for 20 amp breaker.
 
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Ray, yes, thanks for the correction. It is a lamp cord with a plug. This setup is a mobile motion detector receptacle box.
 
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I found this wire diagram. Pretty similar to what I am doing.

 
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From an electrical perspective, it should work. Code compliant--probably not.

Also keep in mind that most motion detectors are supposed to control only lighting (and some only incandescent lights--not sure if LED meets that criterion.) Obviously something other than a light can be plugged into a receptacle.

Also some motion detectors rely on having a current path through an incandescent bulb in the off mode for proper operation.
 
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Originally Posted by 2john02458
Code compliant--probably not.
I agree John and I will keep that in mind. Thanks for the additional information and confirmation.
 
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