How To Replace Motion Sensor Light: Step By Step Process Of Replacing Sensor On Security Light

Step By Step Process Of Replacing The Sensor On Security Lights

A security light is very helpful as it brightens as soon as its built-in motion sensor notices movement within a given area it is aimed toward. If the sensor fail to function normally, then you need to replace the sensor on a security light in order to make sure that the security light can continue being used. In order to replace the motion sensor, you will need a few household tools as well as a replacement motion sensor that you can acquire from an electronics store or, in some cases, the same hardware store or home and garden shop from where you, in the first place, purchased the security light.

Thing's You Will Need

  • Phillips Jeweler’s Screwdriver
  • #15 Torx Screwdriver
  • Flat-Edged Jeweler's Screwdriver
  • Electrical Tape
  • Bonding Glue

Step By Step Process

  1. Disconnect The Power Line: First of all, disengage or cut off the power line giving electricity to the security light. This involves tripping the suitable or proper circuit breaker in a fuse box if the security light is genetically or innately determined to its power supply or pulling its power cord from a wall outlet if in case the security light is an indoor, portable model.
  2. Remove The Security Light's Front Panel: Take out the security light's front panel with the help of a Phillips jeweler's screwdriver or a Torx screwdriver, entirely dependent on the manufacturer. Pull the front panel off slowly in order to make sure that the wires connecting the motion sensor inside the front panel are not detached from the circuit board inside the security light.
  3. Loosen The Two Screws Using Phillips Jeweler's Screwdriver: Unfasten the two screws that the black as well as the red wires secured to the motion sensor are wrapped around, with the help of a Phillips jeweler's screwdriver. Lay out the wires. However, for the wires that are wrapped around a black and red wire connected to the circuit board, unwrap the electrical tape taking hold of the wires together and separate them.
  4. Dispose Off The Motion Sensor Properly: Place, fit, or push the tip of a flat-edged jeweler's screwdriver underneath the motion sensor on one side and lift. Repeat the same process on the other side of the motion sensor. Take out the motion sensor from the slot in the front panel. Dispose off the motion sensor properly, due to the fact that it is an electronic part. Strip a half inch of insulation off the ends of the two wires secured to the replacement motion sensor, with the help of wire strippers.
  5. Wrap The Exposed End Of Black & Red Wires: Wrap the exposed end of the black wire on every side of the screw where the original sensor's black wire was. Repeat this process with the exposed end of the red wire secured to the replacement motion sensor. Secure & strengthen the screws. If the wires were covered or enclosed around wires connected to the circuit board instead, cover the exposed end of the black wire from the sensor on every side of the black wire from the circuit board and the exposed end of the red wire from the sensor on every side of the red wire from the circuit board. Cover each set of wires with the help of a strip of electrical tape.
  6. Apply Bonding Glue: Put or spread bonding glue to the edges of the slot on the interior area of the front panel. Put down the replacement motion sensor in the slot before pressing the sensor against the slot and take hold of it there for a minute in order to let the glue take hold. Allow the bonding glue to set for at least an hour before continuing. Position the front panel back on the security light before reattaching the screws. Turn on the electrical power back to the security light.
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