Can I add MOTION and PHOTOCELL to Exterior Fixture?

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Old 05-11-07, 10:09 AM
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Can I add MOTION and PHOTOCELL to Exterior Fixture?

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I just installed new lighting fixtures on my house and would like to install a matching fixture on my garage. The problem is that the matching fixture has neither MOTION DETECTION nor PHOTOCELL. Here's a link to the fixture...



I would really love to buy the matching light so if anyone could give me ideas/instructions on how to add these features I'd be very appreciative!

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Use a switch, or use an automatic timer, or buy external sensors.
 
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The purpose of the light is for it to come on when the motion detector is tripped, so a switch won't work because it would involve invervention every night, and a timer wouldn't work (at least on its own) because it would have the light on every night for the timer period.

An external sensor and detector is what I'm looking for but don't know what to buy. Do you konw of any specific products?
 
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Independent motion detectors and photocells are readily available at the big box stores. Be sure not to get the cheapest units available. Either unit needs to have a minimum of three wires.

But what do you want, motion sensing or a photocell? If you use a photocell the lamp will be on throughout the night. A motion detector would only have the light on for a specified time period (adjustable) from being activated by motion. Most, if not all, motion detectors have photocells incorporated to prevent lamp operation during daylight hours.
 
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I want motion and photocell, but if you're saying that the independent motion detector will have dawn/dusk settings then that's what I'll look for. Thanks.
 
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there are units there are either photo-cell or motion detectors but yes, there are devices that incorporate both in one unit.

Simply look for what you have last said;

a motion detector with a dusk to dawn (photocell) control included.

Not all motion detectors have this so simply make sure the one you purchase does.
 
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Thanks, Nap. I'll look for the combo one.
 
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