Make the switch to motion-activated lights!

I can vouch for having had to replace an outdoor light in the middle of a snowstorm, and because of that experience, I now make it a point to cross these to-do’s off my list in early fall while I can do the job comfortably. Running new wire for outdoor spotlights is one thing, but if you’re looking to update the fixtures on your property with modern motion-activated models, you’ll be happy to know you can do it yourself with a little know-how. Check out this quick tutorial for advice!

Me, at night, enjoying the motion-activation.

Keep reading for some tips on installing a new motion-activated light!

Updating the light on the garage was one of the best things I ever did to improve my property; not only is it close enough to activate when I pull my car into the driveway at night, but it provides a lot of light on the warm fall nights that we find ourselves doing projects in the vacinity of the garage. A light had been installed when I moved into the house, but with one damaged socket and no motion-activation feature, it wasn’t very useful.

The new light was something I picked up at a local Big Box store (I can’t recall which, but both have exceptional selections!). It offered a substantial 180-degree range of coverage to capture movement from all around the fixture.

New motion-activated outdoor light.

To replace the light, I turned off power to the fixture, removed the bulbs, and unscrewed the existing fixture. With the new fixture prepped and its wires ready to be attached, I had it up in a matter of minutes. A new responsive light makes a world of a difference in providing a convenience and making you feel safe at home.

Updated motion-activated light on the garage.

Catching the home improvement bug at an early age, Emily Winters is a now a devoted DIYer living in Rochester, NY. The projects she covers on her blog Merrypad range from painting a wall to building a deck, so it’s only natural she landed at You can follow Emily on twitter at @merrypad and like her on facebook at

11 Responses

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  8. Gareth says:

    Not really the same thing (though I have one of these lights installed in my backyard as well), but I've also installed a motion-activated switch in an unfinished area of my basement. In many homes, these areas only have a light bulb with a pull string, but it isn't hard to wire up a switch that will turn the light on as soon as you walk in the area rather than require a guess as to where the string is or risk tripping over something in the dark. These switches are generally around $25-$30.

  9. For Future Readers – One thing to note about these lights is that if you plan to run CFL bulbs the fixture (specifically the motion detector circuitry) must specify safe for CFL use. It's usually printed right on the box.

  10. Vicki says:

    I love these lights and am in the process of replacing all my outdoor lights.

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