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Motion Sensor Porch Light

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Motion Sensor Porch Light

Hi,

I'm looking to set up a porch light activated by a motion sensor. There are 3 lights already setup (two front garage and one on porch) and I've wired it to TP-link smart switch. It's useful having it turn on to a set schedule. However, I want to wire a light that would turn on automatically outdoors with a motion sensor.

Anyone know if I could set up a Trenz LED pot light in the soffit? Have it triggered by a motion sensor?
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You already have a porch light. Are you looking to replace this light? There are several ways to attack this, but it depends on where the light is going to be placed. A picture is worth a 1000 words in this case
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If you have a ceiling light, there are very few integrated motion-sensor options. I looked for one a few years ago ad only found one I didn't end up buying. I guess you could wire a motion sensor to turn the light on and off.
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interested in this post I am on a same boat.
[OP]
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May 22, 2010
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Yes I have a porch light. I don't really want to replace it. I can place a second light in the soffit or on the side. Just wondering about the wiring, I can run it through the garage. I guess the main thing I want to know is:

- What kind of motion sensor part can I wire to a pot light to activate it?
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As long as you run a wire between the sensor and the porch light, a cheap motion sensor light (walmart.ca has some good prices) will do.

I had to replace a motion sensor light that activated some driveway lights (think they're lower voltage and used a transformer). Using the neural wire from the motion sensor didn't work, so I had to splice the live wire between the relay and the bulb in the motion sensor and run that to the transformer.

Some motion sensor light have a wire to power a 2nd light.
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East Gwillimbury
This is a good opportunity to set up some automation.

You can buy a Motion sensor and a light switch for the porch light. Using an automation hub, you can turn on the porch light once the motion sensor is triggered.

This setup also allows you to turn the light on based on time or sunset

If you already have the light, no need to install another one.
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May 22, 2010
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I don't mind this solution, but like mentioned I have a TP link switch attached to it. Apparently Kasa did have a motion sensor, but I cannot find where to purchase and it requires their own hub which apparently isn't great.

I do have phillips hue bridge and bulbs, I thought about maybe getting the hue motion sensor and adding a hue light bulb to the porch, however I don't think it will be compatible with the TP link light.

I also do not want to have the lights on all night. This would strictly be motion activated.
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Heath Zenith makes/made a motion sensor light switch, I bought from HD years ago. You change the light switch inside and install the battery power motion sensor outside. Still get the physical on/off and motion with lights only turning on when dark. Unlike installing a motion sensor porch light that you have to leave on and loose the on/off, also need to replace each light.

No hubs, no WiFi it worked great for the last 5 years, should have taken it with me when I moved as I can't find a good replacement, I don't need my porch lights connected to the Internet. It was nice driving onto the driveway and all lights turned on.

This is it
https://www.amazon.ca/Heath-Zenith-SL-6 ... B000QSL92Y
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I purchased this at Costco ...
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Installation was simple ... south facing home ... plenty of sun to charge .... mounting was simple ...

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This seems like the ideal solution! Any similar alternatives? This particular model looks like it is discontinued.

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