Motion activated lights for my dog


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Old 08-23-16, 09:38 PM
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Motion activated lights for my dog

She's afraid of the dark...

I have been reading on how to connect two sensors to trigger four lights independently. I thought it all seemed pretty straight-forward...until I tried it... I have been trying to wire this setup for a few days. I am not really frustrated as this is presenting me an opportunity to learn… BUT....

I have included a diagram I created showing how the devices are connected. Although the wires are in conduit, I did not draw them close together. And I left off the grounds. Other than that...it shows exactly how my devices are wired.

All comments/suggestions welcome. (There is no pride of ownership in the diagram, either.)

What do I need to check????? Please?

Thanks!!

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Old 08-23-16, 09:46 PM
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Do you want either sensor to trigger all four lights ? If yes.... your wiring is incorrect.

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You need to supply 120v hot (black) to both sensors.
You need to supply neutral (white) to both sensors and all four lights.
You need to connect both reds together from both sensors and they in turn feed all four lights.

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I used your diagram for illustration. You may have to modify the actual wiring depending on how the pipe is run.
 
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Old 09-01-16, 09:47 PM
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Still working at it...

I appreciate your correcting my diagram. FANTASTIC!! So, I reviewed my wiring and made a couple of changes to conform to your diagram. It still doesn't work. I ran an end-to-end continuity test of the splices I had to make; reviewed the wiring diagram to ensure I connected the wires right; ensured the circuit breaker wasn't tripped; rechecked ALL of the wire connectors (just today) - they are all tight.

I waited until it was dark tonight...no workee...

I have attached your diagram with pictures of the device connections.

Any thoughts?

I have one - since I had the devices wired incorrectly before, could I have shorted or blown a sensor?

Do appreciate your time. Thanks!
 
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Old 09-02-16, 01:09 AM
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Sorry..... I can't tell from your diagram what you've done. I only see one sensor too.
I can't see the connections in the boxes.
Make each electrical box one picture.

How are you doing your wiring...... UF cable, pipe, etc ??
The circuit is very basic.

Or describe the circuit. Right now the AC source is just "hanging out" there. Where does power connect.

EVERY white wire is tied together and to the neutral from your panel.
The black/hot from your panel goes to both sensors. That's it.
The black from every light fixture gets connected together and to the two red sensor wires.
 
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Old 09-02-16, 10:08 PM
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The connections...

Sorry. I wondered about that. I just thought I would show you the actual wiring to quell any concerns that I didn't wire it the way you suggested. Do you think maybe one of my incorrect wirings may have damaged one or both of the sensors. Any thoughts?

Here are the first two pics.
 
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The connections...continued...

Here are 2 more...

If you have questions on the wiring, please let me know.

In the top photo (Left Light Close Up), the RED wire from the right is short and hidden by the wire nut. The continuity check says it is a good connection.

The bottom picture is of the center two lights. The wires visible just above the green wire nut are from the connection to the 'AC' in the diagrams.
 
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The connections...fini!

The last photograph...

You can see the 'old' sensor on the left. It is a little yellowed by the weather. Or, just too much sun here in San Diego.

To the bottom of the photograph, the bright white area is the base of the connection to the single flood lamp.

The black wire on the left is just holding the unit up so the unit is not suspended by the connections.

I am sure all of this is frustrating to you with your experience et al. It is a little frustrating to me, too, because I keep thinking I have connected everything correctly!

The next step?

Thanks for all of your time!
 
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