motion sensor lighting


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Old 11-03-14, 08:00 PM
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motion sensor lighting

I have existing lantern style lights on exterior near the garage door that were wired to switches indoors. I want to install motion sensor lights next to them without too much extra work. Can I simply split the leads to the existing light fixture and use them to power the motion sensor sconce? I'm wondering if that would require the existing light to always be on for the motion sensor light to get power to activate. If this won't work what it's the easiest option without replacing the existing sconce?
 
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Old 11-03-14, 08:13 PM
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Does power come in at the light or the switch?
 
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I'm not entirely sure. I know it's new construction and one switch turns on outside lights (2), and another switch lights indoor chandelier.
 
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Old 11-03-14, 09:53 PM
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Based on probabilities and new wiring.... I doubt you are going to find an always live feed at the sconces. Your best bet would be to scout out another source of power.

If you wanted to confirm for sure..... you would need to remove each sconce and check for power when that light switch is off.
 
 

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