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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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