How to Install a Motion Detector

Deter burglars and light your own path with these instructions.


Motion-detector lights alert you to any movement in key spots around your home. Here's how to install one:

Materials and Tools:

motion-detector kit




  1. Turn off the power at the main breaker switch.
  2. Remove the old light fixture and replace it with the new motion-sensor lights, connecting the white wire to white and the black wire to black with the wire nuts.
  3. Tuck all the wires neatly into the socket.
  4. Points the bulbs and the sensor in the desired directions.
  5. Secure the fixture in place with screws.
  6. Place water-shield gaskets on the base of the bulbs before inserting.
  7. Make any final adjustments according to the manufacturer's directions.
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