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replace pir on outside flood light

ReverseHandedJO 10,459 1,770 February 2, 2016 at 01:25 PM
i have a flood light outside where the pir is not working right as it doesnt sense any motion to turn on. i can override with the switch inside and toggle the switch twice to ge tthe light to come on, but it wont stay on and turns off after a couple of minutes. this unit has been up there for years but rarely used. apparently its time has come and gone. right now i have the light connected just as a regular light w/o the pir connected. so, what i was thinking about was buying one of the $4-5 pir from ebay and replacing the old defective pir.

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Just get a new light. doesn't make much sense to replace the PIR only.... isn't much more $$ to get a new light altogether.

I just replaced a ~ 10 yo motion light a few weeks ago with an LED unit I got @ Lowes for about $30. It puts out MORE light instantaneously - unlike a CFL that takes time to "warm up".
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I would agree replace the entire thing. PIR needs to work in the entire circuit and chances are its probably different over the past 10 years. Upgrade and replace unless you have the time and knowledge to tinker with the circuit.
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I would agree replace the entire thing. PIR needs to work in the entire circuit and chances are its probably different over the past 10 years. Upgrade and replace unless you have the time and knowledge to tinker with the circuit.
The PIR just has 3 wires to connect. Hot, Neutral and Load. All the magic happens inside the housing. No circuitry to tinker with. For $4, I'd go for it. A replacement PIR from the big box stores is almost as much as a whole new light fixture.
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They use to sell the PIR at HomeDepot. do they still?
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i was going to just replace the $4 pir part as its wired in the same as the old one (no circuit to tinker with), but i was digging around in the back of the garage and i found a whole new light unit just like the one that went out. O.O i might still buy the replacement pir for the one i take down.
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