Outdoor Light Wiring (pics inside)

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Old 06-29-13, 01:03 PM
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Outdoor Light Wiring (pics inside)

Hello all!

We just moved into a new house that we are renting and our landlord is not the most helpful when it comes to repairs and whatnot.

The current light fixture/motion sensor outside our back door needs to be replaced. We now have a twin floodlight fixture with a photocontrol sensor.

I have very little electrical experience, but this seems to me an easy fix, although in my research I haven't found it.

Is there anyone that could give some help to a noob as to how to wire this so I can see when I cover my grill at night? Thank you in advance.

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Old 06-29-13, 01:42 PM
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Welcome to the forums!

I know how I think you would wire it, but we'll need to know how the switch that controls the power at this outlet is wired to be sure.

Or, how was the fixture you took down wired?

Either way, what do the instructions for your new fixture say? A link to those would be helpful.

Note: Doing your own work on a rental property exposes you to liability. Do you have your landlord's written permission to do this?
 
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Old 06-29-13, 02:26 PM
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Thank you for your reply. As a newbie it never occurred to me to check the switch that controls the light.

The link to the light is here Dusk-to-Dawn Twin PAR holders -

And here is the switch wiring.

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My landlord has given us express permission to handle this ourselves, but I do appreciate the heads up. :-)
 
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Old 06-29-13, 03:36 PM
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OK, good info. Thanks.

Put a wire nut on the black wire splice and push it back in the box. Connect the green/yellow wire to the ground on the mounting bar. I don't see a house ground wire to add in. Add the white wire to the white wire splice. Splice the black wire to the red wire.

The switch is powering the red wire.
 
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Old 06-29-13, 04:56 PM
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Just a note if mounting screws for the mounting bracket came with your light they probably won't work because that is not a box for lights. You will need to use 6-32 machine screws to fasten the fixture's mounting bracket.
 

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Old 06-30-13, 09:14 PM
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Worked like a charm! The machine screws were a great piece of advice too. Thank you for taking the time to help me out. Much appreciated. Now our guests won't have to sit in the dark at our July 4th celebration. Cheers

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Old 06-30-13, 09:21 PM
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We are invited aren't we? I'll bring the Cokes.
 
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