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mopower440

Mon Dec 03, 2007 6:55 pm

some idiots were in my driveway trying to steal the radio out of my car at 3:00 am saturday morning and im mad! i have wanted those motion activated flood lights on the corner eaves of my home for the last 8 years and now its a must, BUT, there is no receptacles there to start with, the double wide didnt come with anything there. How would i get power to the corner eave to power the lights? Since there is no attic to get up into and run the wires, what do i do?
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Mon Dec 03, 2007 7:38 pm

You will need to get wires run inside the wall, or you could run it in conduit on the outside of the home.
I have found that all lights really do to someone that is determined is give them more light to see what they are stealing. Greg
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Mon Dec 03, 2007 10:45 pm

Just my opinion but motion sensor lights are like car alarms. They go off so much no one even pays attention. It is likely that even after all the work of installing these the only thing to come of it is that the thieves will be able to see what they are stealing better.

Seeing as how this is happening at night when not many people are about it may be wiser to invest in a car alarm system that comes with a pager that you can sit beside the bed. Once the pager goes off you can call the police from within the home.

You may also need to set up a video camera in a window (hidden from view) that may catch them in the act.
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Mon Dec 03, 2007 11:44 pm

Hi, Why not installed one of these I bought mine this at Home depot no outlet needed, solar panel collect sun energy and stores it a battery,(Solar panel on top carport awning), works great, could be placed just about anywhere, infrared motion detection only activates at dusk. I got this position over my bikes to scare off would be thieves.

It might be enough to scared them off.

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Tue Dec 04, 2007 2:24 am

A shotgun is a wonderful deterrent but only if aimed well. Rock salt instead of pellets will also give them a memory of when they visited your place.
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mopower440

Tue Dec 04, 2007 6:32 am

Jim9298 wrote:Hi, Why not installed one of these I bought mine this at Home depot no outlet needed, solar panel collect sun energy and stores it a battery,(Solar panel on top carport awning), works great, could be placed just about anywhere, infrared motion detection only activates at dusk. I got this position over my bikes to scare off would be thieves.

It might be enough to scared them off.

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I THOUGHT ABOUT THAT SOLAR ONE BUT NEVER SAW MANY SOLAR LIGHTS THAT ACTUALLY WORKED TOO WELL OR LONG..

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Tue Dec 04, 2007 11:40 am

So far it's been working flawlessly, the only problem I see is that the rechargeable battery may need to be replaced every several years, since they do not last forever also it's a single bulb and really doesn't produce a lot of lumens like the floodlights. I like it because it doesn't use any electricity.

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Tue Dec 04, 2007 3:24 pm

I can understand your frustrations. I know I would want to actually get my hands on them.

There will be wall outlets on the eave sides and maybe the gable end of the home. If this circuit is not being maxed out, the wire can be put though the wall to an exterior box. From there you and run conduit to the corners of the home. This could also be done by going straight down through the floor/wall at the outlet, running wire under the home to the gable wall and then up, but would be a lot more work.

While this is not difficult electrical repair, if you do not already have experience doing this, I would only recommend that you hire a pro. Learning how to swing a hammer can give you a black thumb. Learning how to do electrical on your own could leave you a black spot where you used to stand. Running the conduit outside should not be real expensive.

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Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:14 am

I'm not sure if you can have a dog where you are but you could get a motion sensor dog bark. I don't know what it's called but it would be small and you could run an outdoor cord under the home to the spot.

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Wed Dec 05, 2007 8:48 am

Can you run the wire from the exterior light (assuming you have one) to the area needed up behind the soffit? An electrician is always recommended of course. He will be able to check the circuit to see if it is possible.

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Wed Dec 05, 2007 10:12 pm

I have only one comment to add---------Ground Fault.
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