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Radioman 11-19-2006 09:22 AM

Sensor Switch
Hello All

I want to put a new plug in the wall below the sensor switch this sensor switch powers three lights. There is no other source of power anywhere that I can the power from. Is it possible to get power from this switch that is above. And if so what are the steps.


petey_racer 11-19-2006 10:07 AM

It depends.
What does this switch control?
What else is on the circuit?
Excactly what wires are in the box that the switch is in?

Radioman 11-19-2006 10:14 AM

The power comes in the box from the breaker from there its wired into the sensor switch. The switch has a auto/on from there its goes to control three fluorescent light in each light it has two tubes.

petey_racer 11-19-2006 11:22 AM

Well, that tells me something.
You do have a feed there so you can use the incoming 120v feed to power a receptacle.

Radioman 11-19-2006 12:36 PM

Thanks petey racer

Okay so yesterday I put the receptacle box below ran 14/2 wire from the sensor switch to receptacle hook everything up everything worked. But I took one of those tester you plug in to the receptacle you know with the1 red and 2 yellow lights on it to see if is is wired correctly. It come on one red and one yellow. So I just to see I took the sensor switch out and the to yellow lightd came on stating wired correct. Any suggestions.


petey_racer 11-19-2006 05:58 PM

Not knowing what the one red and one yellow lights mean on your tester I can't say why it was wired wrong.
You should have had black to black and white to white from your new line to the existing feed. All grounds together obviously.

Radioman 11-19-2006 07:23 PM

Hello Again

I just looked at the tester I talked about. And there is a discription of what each light means. It was 1 red and 1 yellow it says HOT/GRD Reverse.


petey_racer 11-19-2006 09:10 PM

That is typically a false indication of an open neutral.

Did you connect the white from the receptacle to the incoming white?
Did you test, with a decent tester (not a neon bulb) for hot and neutral?

Radioman 11-20-2006 07:54 AM

The sensor switch has two black wires coming out of it. Before I started I checked another receptacle on the same circuit to see what side the hot was on it is the right side. So that is how I hooked this one up.

Yes I did black to black and white to white.


petey_racer 11-20-2006 03:10 PM

The switch itself does not matter at all. Unless of course you want to have it control the new receptacle.

I think we are regressing back to step one. Tell me ALL the wires in the wall box. Ignore the switch for now.

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