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Wiring motion sensor light

I have a motion sensor light that I have no instruction manual. The light has three wires running out of the sensor. Black, red and white. The bulb has only two wires running from it. The way I have it wired right now, with all the blacks and whites connected to each other makes the light go on but the sensor won't turn it off. I do not have the red wire connected to anything.
I have also tried the black from house to black from sensor. The red from sensor to the black for the bulb, the the white from the bulb, white from sensor and white from the house all connected. This doesn't turn on the fixture. Can anyone help?

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    Les Aberle Nov 13, 2008

    Bulb o.k No amufacturer shown on the light. Tried your suggested hookup. I think my wire connector shorted out the sensor when my wire nut on my red wire came loose and shorted against the bulb chassis. Think it fried the sensor so I got a new light. Bulb still works so maybe I can use it in a place where a sensor isn't important. Thanks for your help.


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Hello Lesco1, first check the bulb, second I need Mgfr & model, third attempt BK from house to R of sensor & BK from sensor to BK of bulb.

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  • Gene Pitts Nov 13, 2008

    Your sensor can be replaced byitself, less cost than a whole new system. I thank you for the reply.


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