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Wiring in a remote motion sensor to existing lights

I have a pair of lights on my detached garage, the driveway swings in from the side street and is between the house and garage. The lights are controlled by two switches, one in the house and one in the garage. My question, would it be possible to wire in a remote motion sensor somewhere say on the corner of the garage so at night, the garage lights would come on if A) a car pulled into the drive, or B) someone walked through between house and garage? I'm not sure it can be done and if so, can it be done only for after dark, maybe in conjunction with a dusk to dawn switch???????

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Yes it can be done and they are on the market from regular hardware retailers and security specialists
they come as a complete diy box with the light/movement sensor and a light fitting
the sensor "sees" daylight and turns off the unit until the lux reading drops then turns on the light
on off is controlled by the setting that you make on installation
motion then turns on the light and the period that the light remains on can be set by the knob adjustments
Average cost starts around $25.00 aud up to $100.00 aud depending on quality
normally they have only 1 light of 100 watts included in the box but they will run successfully on 15 watt fluro bulbs because all that is wanted is light and a 15 watt fluro bulb puts as many lumens ( light measurement) as a 100 watt bulb
if you want to run more bulbs of higher wattage , talk with an electrician about putting a relay after the sensor so that the current flow through the sensor is reduced and allow it to operate better and longer

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I have a Defiant 180 motion security light that no longer stays on continuous but only blinks when activated.

Your motion sensor lights are supposed to give you a sense of security and peace of mind.
Instead, they're driving you crazy because they won't stop turning on and off, regardless of whether there's an actual intruder setting them off or not.
If your motion sensor lights keep flashing on and off, you should try:
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  • Adjusting the motion sensor positioning and settings
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Let's take a closer look at some of the ways you can stop false alarms from your motion detector lights.
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First off, are they flashing on and off or just "flickering"? If the problem is that your motion sensor lights are flickering, you have a completely different problem than the one we're are talking about in this how to.
Flickering lights (lights that produce unsteady, rapid changes in brightness) are usually caused by one of 3 things:
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So if you have a motion sensor light that flickers when it's on, we suggest you first try changing out the bulb. If this doesn't fix the problem you'll want to have an electrician check the circuit for bigger problems.
However, if the problem is that your motion sensor lights are false-triggering, continue reading below for some troubleshooting tips.
Adjust the sensor settings Most motion sensor lights have an easily adjustable sensor. This sensor "trips" when it senses a significant change in the level of heat within its vision (that is, an intruder moving within its view).
Now, if the sensor is positioned poorly or if the settings aren't set correctly, it may pick up heat from areas it shouldn't (for example, movement from branches, cars in street, etc.). Use the steps below to make sure your motion lights are positioned and set according to your needs.
Step 1. Move the sensor from "Operational" to "Test" mode. This switch is located on the bottom of the sensor and turns the light off after a few seconds, allowing you to test different settings quickly.
step 2. Make sure that the sensor is directly facing the area you want it to "guard." If you want it to pick up on movement within the driveway, make sure it's tilted down far enough to prevent catching movement from the street but high enough so that it isn't going off when the breeze stirs the flowers lining the driveway.
step 3. You can also check the bottom of your sensor for a "range" dial. This switch dictates the distance that your sensor will detect heat/movement. If it's set to "max", lower the range.

step 4. Adjust any animal immunity sensors. Some motion detectors allow you to choose a pets or animal immunity setting so that the detectors won't trip when pets or animals up to a certain weight pass by. First off, make sure that yours is on if you have pets or animals . Secondly, most pet or animal immunity settings allow you to choose a weight setting. Make sure yours is set to the weight that matches the animals likely to pass by the sensor's field of vision.
5. Reset your sensor to "Operational" mode when done.
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