Security light help

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Security light help

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Size:  22.0 KB Today I took down an old outside light that work for a while until recently and replaced it with a defiant outside light I purchased from homedepot. I wired it the same as before but something about the wiring didnt seem right, but like I said the old one always worked until recently. Any input would be greatly appreciated. So how it works is the motion gets a constant hot feed so when the inside wall switch is off the motion will still turn the lights on, but I can also turn the lights on from a switch to have them on all the time. Something about possibly two hot wires on the motion just doesn't see right. Thanks in advance
 
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Old 07-13-14, 06:41 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

I see your diagram and it will work but the feed and the always live feed MUST BE on the same circuit.

You should have one always live line feeding the circuit and then the switch would just be a switch loop.
 
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Thank you for your quick response, they are both on circuit twelve. My concern was back feeding the motion and burning it out faster.
 
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No...as long as your two feeds originate from the same circuit... you are ok.
 
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Thank you for your help but there are definitely two hot wires at the light, one switched and one constant. I tested both wires with my fluke.
 
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If your last post was directed at me I misread your original post.
 
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