Floodlight wiring

Old 03-14-21, 08:36 AM
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Floodlight wiring

I was trying to help my elderly mother out by installing a new motion floodlight, but when I was uninstalling her old floodlight I found two sets of black and two sets of white wires wired to the floodlight. The new floodlight only has one white, one black, and a copper ground. What do I do with the extra set of wires coming out of her soffit? Thanks!


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Old 03-14-21, 09:16 AM
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That flood light appears to have two lights on it. Those go back to a single set of black and white wires to power it. There should be a junction box to mount the light. The wires should not be coming out of a slot cut into the metal siding.
Old 03-14-21, 09:33 AM
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A possible answer is the old fixture contains 2 separate motion controlled lights with the parallel connection occurring in the soffit. If you can access the connectors in the soffit. remove one black and one white wire at the connectors. If the connectors aren't in an electrical box, you need to install one. Attach new fixture to the remaining black and white wires. If you can't access the connectors in the soffit. add an electrical box for the new fixture. Attach new fixture to one black wire and one white wire. Wire nut each remaining wire from soffit and leave in electrical box.

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