10:34AM | 11/16/04
Member Since: 11/15/04
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I have a porch and post light on the same switch. I am replacing the porch light with one that is motion activated. If I wire it as directed, the post light would always be on when the switch is on. I want to re-wire the motion activated light by connecting the white lead of the post light into the crimped red lead from the motion detector that switches the porch light on. Therefore when motion is detected it will turn both lights on. Is this a problem regarding loads on the motion detector switch etc?


11:16AM | 11/17/04
Member Since: 09/24/04
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Check the wattage rating on the motion switch. As long as your lamp wattage does not exceed that rating you are o.k.

With that said, Why are you tying in the load side of the switch to the white of the lamp?

Black is Line (Black from the switch)

Red is Load (Black from the first lamp fixture)

White is Neutral (All whites tie together)

Green is Ground (All grounds tie together)

One of us is confused.

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05:41AM | 11/18/04
Member Since: 11/15/04
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You are probably right. I was describing from memory which wire I thought was wired to red.


05:42AM | 11/18/04
Member Since: 11/15/04
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And thank you for your reply.


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