Outdoor motion detector light will not work


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Old 03-05-17, 01:42 PM
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Outdoor motion detector light will not work

I have an outdoor motion detector light that has been working fine for several years. Just recently it stopped working. I replaced the lightbulb thinking that was the issue and still it would not work in test mode ( tried to whether bulbs with the same result). Does anyone know what the issue might be and how to correct it or do I need to buy an entirely new unit and install it? Thank you for your input.
 
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Old 03-05-17, 02:28 PM
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Welcome to the forums.

Most of the outdoor motion controllers only last a few years before water leaks into them rendering them intermittent or dead.

I have switched over to RAB motion controllers. They cost a little more but last a lot longer.

Is there a switch controlling that light ? Is it on ?
The only way to confirm 100% if it's the controller is to check for 120v at it.
 
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Old 03-05-17, 02:30 PM
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Welcome to the forums. Motion sensors can last for many years, but do not usually give advance warning when they die.

Check out what other lights, etc. are on that circuit. If everything else is working then it is time to replace the light. They do sell motion detector sensors separately, but by the time you remove the old one, you have basically gone through all the steps for mounting a complete new assembly.
 
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Old 03-05-17, 03:10 PM
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Thanks, yes there is a switch for that light and it is on.
 
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Old 03-05-17, 03:19 PM
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I should note that the outdoor light and sensor are in a single unit housing and is under an extended eve so does not cone in contact directly with rain.
 
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Old 03-05-17, 09:30 PM
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The light switch may be on, but that does not necessarily mean that there is power going to the sensor. As Pete suggested, you need a volt meter to properly check this problem out.
 
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Old 03-05-17, 11:14 PM
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Bypass the switch by wirenutting the two wires to it together. Does the light now work?
 
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Old 03-06-17, 03:35 AM
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I have switched over to RAB motion controllers
I'm on my 3rd big box light for our driveway in the last 9 years. Hopefully I'll recall this when this one dies!
 
 

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