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Question DetailsAsked on 7/2/2013

If I have purchased lights with sensors for the outside of the house, how much should I pay for have them installed?

I have purchased flood lights with the sensors attached to them, I'm looking to have them installed around the exterior of my house. How much should I pay for labor?

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If they are relpacing existing fixtures then I'd say 1/2 hr apeace or $33 - $43 per fixture.

If new wiring needs to be installed then this can be a 3 to 6 hour per fixture at $65 - $85 per hour. You want these fixtures controlled by switches because you want to be able to turn them off when it gets windy. During wind they often turn on sproadically and become a nuisance to neighbors.


Answered 7 years ago by Kestrel Electric


Here is essentially the same question from a few weeks ago, with answer:

In your case, since you are talking multiple lights, if he can run a dedicated circuit from the breaker box with ease (assuming it has an open slot and spare amperage capacity) into the attic, then he can run a single circuit or two with for all the lights through the attic, which is a lot quicker and cheaper than running power to each light individually, if you are happy with only 1 or 2 switches for all the lights. This could cut your per-light cost by 50% or more. If attic access is not possible, then painted exterior conduit run up under the eaves or coping might be cheaper than tearing into walls and ceilings to run the wiring.

Since you said you bought sensors (presumably motion sensors) then putting all the lights on 1 or 2 wall switches should work fine for you if you also have a daylight sensor, as you would then generally leave the switches on all the time, turning them off only for changing bulbs or maintenance. If the sensors you bought are motion sensors and do not have light sensors to keep them off in the daytime, you could put a daylight sensor on the entire circuit to keep them all off in the daylight. Do NOT ignore this factor - a lot of people put up a couple of motion sensor lights without a daylight sensor that turn on when cars drive by, and then wonder why their electric bills went up $50-100/month. Be sure the daylight sensor is rated for the type and total amperage of fixtures the you put in - some halogen and all flourescent type bulbs require a differently wired and type daylight sensor switch than regular incandescent bulbs, because otherwise they will either not start at all, or bulbs burn out much faster.

Be sure light placement considers not only the area to be illuminated, but also possibly masking off part of the sensors to stop extraneous turning on due to nearby door or reflected light, and also consider how you are going to replace bulbs. Sometimes putting them at the highest point is higher than you might want to go to change bulbs. I have done installations in the peak of gables 25+ feet off the ground overlooking the driveway or entrance area where we ended up putting the light fixture on a flexible cable and mounted it in a small trap door through the siding that could be opened from inside the attic to change bulbs or change out the fixture.

One other consideration if you live in an area with eave or wall nesting birds like swallows - consider putting bird repellent metal spikes or metal mesh on the top of the the fixtures (especially if close up under the eaves or roof gable) to keep birds from nesting on top, especially if using the halogen floodlights that use a narrow glass tube bulb - they have been known to set fire to bird nests built on them, and from there the house. If wasps or hornets end up building there (not too common) be sure to get that removed quickly, as they catch fire nicely too.

Answered 7 years ago by LCD

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