I just purchased a motion security light that needs to be hooked up.
Can I just hook a regular plug to it and plug it into a standard wall
socket? Or should I get an electrician and have him wire to the panel
box in garage? There is no current fixture at the location I want to
use. There is, however, a wall receptacle just below it. Thanks.
It's done all the time. If it is a weather exposed location (which it is
not), BUT IF IT WERE TO BE WEATHER EXPOSED, it is best to hard wire it and
protect it from shorting because of snow or rain. If the plug is switched,
it makes it easier to turn the light on so it stays on. Turn the light on
for about three seconds, then off, then on quickly, and it should stay on
until you turn it off. It will be in that little paper thingy they give
Using the cheaper 'plug it in' method OK.
But suggest use a three wire plug and three wire cord in order to
safely ground the (metal?) motion sensor light fixture.
While it will probably work with a two wire cord, if someone were
standing on something adjusting the the fixture and/or its controls or
replacing a bulb in a metal fixture and there was a fault there is a
remote possibility of an electric shock or a fall due to being shocked
unexpectedly! Also in interests of safety; if/when wiring up the plug
make sure the 'hot' and 'neutral' wires are on the correct pins of the
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