Motion sensor light won't come on
December 29, 2017 8:36 AM   Subscribe

I have this Motion sensor light. It comes on when initially turning on the switch as usual, but won't come back on with motion. Help me get it fixed.
posted by notned to Home & Garden (5 answers total)
The specs on the fixture you linked to say it's not motion-activated.
posted by jon1270 at 8:55 AM on December 29, 2017 [3 favorites]

The product you linked to is a light fixture - is that right? It looks like you need to purchase a motion sensor light bulb to complete your project. You should be able to find one at your local hardware store, or Amazon has plenty of options. (Just make sure you select an outdoor bulb if that's where your fixture is located.)
posted by Jaqi at 9:33 AM on December 29, 2017 [1 favorite]

Response by poster: Let's stipulate that it's a motion sensor light that looks just like that. There are sensitivity and timer knobs next to a pinky finger sized window.
posted by notned at 12:54 PM on December 29, 2017

Here's an online manual for Portfolio Motion Sensor lights that you might find helpful. It has sections on how to set up the light and troubleshooting problems with the motion sensor. Although it's a different model from the one you linked to, it's likely the workings will be fairly universal for this type of lamp.
posted by essexjan at 2:07 PM on December 29, 2017

Most of these only come on in the dark. Is there a light sensor as well? Does it turn on if you cover the light sensor?
posted by cosmicbandito at 2:46 PM on December 29, 2017 [1 favorite]

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