Dusk to Dawn + Timer + Motion Detector how-to

Old 03-15-08, 01:18 AM
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Dusk to Dawn + Timer + Motion Detector how-to

I have a few external lights at my place that are currently controlled by a simple switch.
I am getting some electric work done, and wanted to get something for the external lights that works as following:

- They should turn on every day in the evening once it gets dark
- They should stay on for 3 hours (or say, till 11 PM), and then switch to motion sensor mode
- After 11 PM during the night, they should stay on for 5 mins whenever there is motion detected.
- I can manually turn them completely off, or on if required.

Does anyone have any suggestions on how to do this? I tried looking for a switch that can do this, but couldn't find anything.

Old 03-17-08, 09:49 AM
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Hmmm, this is really more of a home automation question than a security system question, so I will move this thread there.

You are looking for a fairly complex behavior. The light sensor is the easy part. Standard motion sensing light heads generally have a photo eye, and can be overridden simply by flipping the main light switch on and off in a particular pattern.

The switching from light sensor activation to motion only with the time constraints is the tricky part. It would take buying the light head, motion head, light sensor and several timer/automation controlled relays as individual components, but it's not technically _that_ tough. It all depends on your electrical skills.
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I am not sure but if my memory serve me right there is a motion sensor may work to your suit what you need. but however i know one almost fit your need but which type of luminaire you want the floodlight or wall mounted luminaire or have the motion sensor mounted remote ??? there are few way it can be done pretty close to your need.

Merci, Marc

MrRonFL .,, i really suggest move this thread to the lighting thread ,.. sorry about that but the reason i suggest because it have more traffic there. Merci.

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