How to Reset a Motion Sensor Light That’s Stuck

Fixing your lights’ motion-sensors is often easier than you think. Resetting a circuit or a sensor can typically be done without replacing the part itself. The following list of troubleshooting options, starting with the quickest potential fix, is a great place to start this DIY project.

How to Reset a Motion Sensor Light That's Stuck

Try These Four Options

Replace the lightbulb(s)

You may want to try this first if you have new bulbs handy and easy access to your lights. Sometimes, it is the simplest problem.

Reset the lights’ circuit breaker

Find the breaker that corresponds to your motion-sensing lights, turn it off for at least 30 seconds. Note: this time varies based on different models of lights and can sometimes need up to an hour.

Light switch (if you have one on your motion lights)

Specifically, turn the switch on for two seconds, off for two seconds, then on again. If that fails to yield results, then rapidly flip between on and off about five times until waiting a few seconds on and off then turning back on again. Many manufacturers have different settings based on the on off time of the power to the sensor. Read your manual for detailed instructions on your particular motion sensor.

Adjust the sensitivity level

The adjustment of a light’s range works differently for different models, but, generally, the angle of a sensor and its distance from the ground will modify its sensitivity.  Further many sensors have a light level and a sensitivity setting.  These are generally located directly on the sensor.  Refer to your specific motion sensor for exact options avalable.

If none of these suggestions work, then consider calling a professional electrician to figure out the best way forward. And if you live in Maryland, Virginia, or DC, then you can call M. R. Electricians at (301) 871-0477 We’ve been helping people with their homes for over 60 years. Or, if you live in Florida then call us at (727) 422-0391.

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