How to configure an outdoor motion light

Outdoor lights with motion detection add an element of safety to your home. When left in the “On” (“ON”), the lights come on when motion is detected, position light the way to the guests and put the focus on the intruders. The lights are available in most local stores and home improvement can be installed in place of existing exterior lights.

You will need

  • Ladder
  • Screwdriver
  • Voltmeter
  • Insulating tape
  • Light Kit movement
  • Stripping
  • Wire nuts
  • Punch
  • Screws
  • Bulb


  1. Cut the power to the outside light at the circuit breaker and test light to make sure the electricity is off.
  2. Remove the bulb and the existing light fixture.
  3. Remove the existing connection box. Use the voltmeter to make sure you do not run electricity cables exposed.
  4. Wrap the exposed wires with electrical tape and leaves 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) exposed at the end of the cables. If the cable is already isolated, removed insulation to drop 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) of bare wire exposed.
  5. Separate the wires from your new light movement. There will be a black wire, one white and one ground that is usually green or bare color. 1.5 inches (3.8 cm) of insulation from the wires with a wire stripper.
  6. Connect cables to your new light cable junction box with a wire nut. Each cable will connect to the same color wire coming out of the box. The cable is connected to the earth terminal box with ground screw.
  7. Turn the electricity back through the circuit breaker. Test the wires with a voltmeter to make sure the electricity is flowing, turn off the electricity from the breaker again.
  8. Cover each wire with electrical tape and push the wires back into the junction box.
  9. Mount the new fixture to the junction box with the screws provided. Install bulbs in the new device.
  10. Turn on the power and test light movement from the switch.

Tips and Warnings

  • It is very important to make sure the electricity is off before working with lights.

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