How to Install an Automatic Light Sensor

Lighting with an automatic sensor provides light at the first sign of itself. These automatic sensors not only add to the attraction to the landscape but also act as safety feature for the homeowners. It might prove to be a bit difficult to install an automatic sensor, but by following the steps mention below; this task can be accomplished by any homeowner in a matter of some time.

Tools Required for Installing the Automatic Light Sensor

  • Screwdriver
  • New cover plate
  • Light bulbs
  • Screws
  • Needle nose pliers

Step by Step Guide for Installing the Automatic Light Sensor

Step 1: Power Off

This is for the safety of the whole house, just to make sure that there is no power supply in the house while installing the automatic light sensor. This is done to avoid any currents or electric shocks while working. Utilize a voltage tester to check if the power is off.

Step 2: Old Fixtures

Remove the old bulbs from the fixtures and with the help of a screwdriver, remove the bolts holding the fixture to the junction box. Then, while removing the second bolt, you need to make sure to hold onto the old fixture so that it doesn’t fall out.

Step 3: Unscrewing Wire Nuts

Unscrew the wire nuts and separate then with the help of a screwdriver. There should be a black wire as well as a white wire present, and then remove the old fixtures. Once the fixture is removed, you will be able to note down a knockout on the cover plate, with a slit though it so you can unscrew it with a screwdriver.

Step 4: Install Sensor

Get hold of the automatic light sensor which comes with a rubber ring gasket. Fit the appropriate wires through the gasket and move the gasket so that it is right against the base of the automatic sensor. Insert the wires through the knockout hole and attach the automatic sensor into it.

Step 5: Wiring

There will be a black, white and a red wire coming out from the automatic light sensor. Connect the white wire to the white wire fixture and the wall box. The black wire is connected to the black wire of the wall box and the red wire should be connected to the black wire of the fixture.

Step 6: Electrical Tape

Cut a piece of electrical tape and wrap it around the wire nut and gently push the wires back into the junction box. The next step is to connect the fixture to the junction box with the bolts that are supplied to you.

Step 7: New Bulbs

The light should come and go in say about twenty seconds.

Lastly, you can also adjust and set the automatic light sensor by setting the light sensor too high or too low. Also keep in mind that if the light sensor is too high, then it might just become a nuisance and trouble your neighbors. This automatic light sensor will be able to light your way, when you come home late at night. In this way, you can have your own safety.