Installing a Motion Sensor Light Switch

One of the easiest ways to lower the amount of electricity that you use in your home is to turn off lights and appliances when you are not using them. That being said, this is something that many homeowners find easier said than done. Luckily for you, there are a variety of devices available now that can help you in your attempt to shut off all devices when not in regular use. Options range from simple power strips, to timed lights and outlets to smart strips that turn all the way off when reduced electrical current is detected. One very handy way to control lighting in a certain area is with a motion sensor light switch. This allows you to easily turn lights on and off whenever someone enters and leaves a room. Follow these steps to install one Wire Pull Tester.

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Step 1: Shut Off Power

Because you are dealing with electrical components, you will want to determine which circuit breaker controls this particular switch and shut it off at the electrical panel. If you are worried about someone coming along and flipping that breaker back on before you are finished, tape over the breaker and leave a sign that says “do not touch!”

Step 2: Remove the Old Switch and Test the Wires

Start by taking the wall plate off of the current switch and testing the wires with a circuit tester. This will ensure that there is definitely no power running through this particular circuit. If you are using an audible tester, a continuous beep typically indicates that there is still power. Your tester should confirm your belief that the circuit has been shut off. You can now remove the screws holding the switch in its box and pull it out.

Step 3: Disconnect Wires

Your old switch should have three different wires connected to it: a black wire, a bare ground wire and a white wire. You will need to use the black and white wires with the motion sensor switch, but not the ground. Disconnect or cut these wires at the back of your old switch. You should then strip the wires to allow for proper connectivity to the new motion-sensor switch.

Step 4: Connect Your New Switch

Now that you have stripped your wires, you can connect them to your new switch. Start by wrapping the black wire snugly around the appropriate wire connection on the back of the switch. Do the same with the white wire and secure them with wire connectors.

Step 5: Insert The Switch

After everything has been connected, tuck the switch back into the box. You can then secure it with the provided screws.

Step 6: Customize and Enjoy

After your switch has been installed, you can spend a little time customizing it so that it provides the level of sensitivity that you are looking for. When properly adjusted, your motion sensor light should trigger your lights on whenever someone enters the room. It will then shut the light off after a given period of time, as long as no new motion is sensed.

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