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Old 01-23-2014, 08:20 AM  
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Those are pictures of the rough set up. This was tested, and it works fine.


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I'm glad you got it working,
When you want to bring it up to code or protect the faminly from shock or fire you come back and talk to us.



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Old 01-23-2014, 07:55 PM  
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I'm glad you got it working,

When you want to bring it up to code or protect the faminly from shock or fire you come back and talk to us.

Whoa, easy there. No need for an attitude. I'm here to learn. I didn't join this forum to do a job unsafely. I have and still do covet the advice of people smarter or more experienced than myself.

Please help me understand how I can do this (safely) minus the plug and outlet. I gathered from your previous post that it can be done.
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I decided the LED driver plug was ugly and unnecessary, given that it required a outlet to be wired when one was not previously needed. This is what I have now. It seems to work great.
I didn't see a question in your last statement.
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Old 01-24-2014, 04:24 AM  
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Is the plug at the end of the LED driver cord required, or can the driver be safely wired directly to the motion sensor?

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Old 01-24-2014, 07:49 AM  
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I believe it can be wired directly seeing as how you cut off the plug. The whole thing needs to be put into a NEMA enclosure now as the line cord can’t be run thru the walls like regular cable would be.

To me the plug was the best setup as when the unit fails you could just swap in a new one without wiring.

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Just wanted to provide a two-month post update. Everything is working great. Since our house is not grounded, the motion sensor plug did not work at first. After tying the plug's grounding wire to the neutral wire from the wall, everything fires up great.

I set the timer to 5 minutes. 1 min was too short; 3 mins would have been ideal. The only complaint I have is the light is not "instant on," but it appears that is typical of LED driver applications.


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You made this project far too difficult.

First of all when you are working with 12v why complicate things with 120v? The LED strips are 12v so use a 12v motion sensor:
Also what i would do is run the strips under each level of your closet, you can connect some thin wire to each end perhaps with some tape.

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Thanks for those suggestions. A bit late for me but might help the next guy. How does that switch get power?


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That plug on the end of the LED strip is actually an 12v adapter, you can snip the wire and stick the wires in the 4 holes you see there.



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