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How to install home security lighting

1.5 hours | Med. Difficulty | 19 STEPS

Installing a security light with motion detector is a great way to add safety and security to your home. The following steps will help you see the light!

WHAT YOU'LL NEED

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Disclaimer: This HOW-TO is for informational purposes only, and not intended to be advice.

Some provinces may require a licensed professional to perform such work. Check your local laws.

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Start by switching off the circuit breaker that supplies power to the fixture.

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Select the appropriate multi-screwdriver bit and remove the old fixture.

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Unpack and prepare the new fixture.

Don’t forget to read the installation instruction first!

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Attach the new mounting plate to the junction box.

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If the new fixture comes with a weather gasket, push the wires through the gasket.

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Tip: Make an “S” hook out of stiff wire to suspend the fixture.

This will make wiring easier.

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Attach the bare copper wire to the grounding screw on the new fixture.

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Gather the white wires together and connect them using a twist-on electrical connector.

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Next, gather the black wires together and twist them together with a connector.

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A short piece of electrical tape on each set of wires will keep everything secure.

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You’re almost done!

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Install the new fixture with the supplied hardware.

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Tip: If the new fixture is not weatherproof, apply silicone caulk around the fixture.

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Screw in the new light bulbs.

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Turn on the circuit breaker, and flip on the switch.

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Aim the bulbs to illuminate the area you choose.

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Follow the instructions to set the sensitivity of the motion detector.

You can choose how quickly it turns on as well as how long the light stays on.

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Hurray, there is light!