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Old November 23, 2017, 05:53   #1
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what'sa Good Outdoor Motion Light Receptacle??

I want to put some outdoor(WEATHERPROOF) lights up. I'm looking for a good quality light receptacle I can plug into an extension cord rather than hardwire it. One with a clamp fastened to it would be great, then it could be used in different places easily.

A few of these with motion detector flood light bulbs installed is what I'm thinking.

Any tips on which brand/model to buy?


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Old November 23, 2017, 09:35   #2
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try searching for

waterproof jobsite lighting, then click images to quickly id what you want
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Old November 23, 2017, 12:02   #3
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waterproof jobsite lighting, then click images to quickly id what you want
Too cool, that makes it easy.

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Old November 23, 2017, 13:04   #4
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Just picked up several for new shop building, from Lowes.
They had about a dozen or more to choose from.
Mine are hardwired on all corners, cost 27.00 ?? each, and the off and on feature does not go off in the wind blowing on nearby trees.

If ya want them to be able to move around, which I have here as well, we've had some trouble with illegals off and on, this has worked for me.

Buy the hard wire models, get a weather poof connection box, a three or four ft section of tubing that runs/screws into the box, a 50 or 100 ft extension cord and a few feet of 2by4.

I made three stands like this, the light fixture screws to the face plate of the box, weather proof, run extension cord up the tube into the box, connect black to black, white to white wires and connect the ground.
Just have to cut the plug off the extension cord.

Set the units where ever ya got a blind spot, anything comes into the area is met with a 300 watt spot light.
Which in my case, sets off the hounds.
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They need a firm base or they will come on and off when they wiggle in the wind.
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I want to put some outdoor(WEATHERPROOF) lights up. I'm looking for a good quality light receptacle I can plug into an extension cord rather than hardwire it. One with a clamp fastened to it would be great, then it could be used in different places easily.

A few of these with motion detector flood light bulbs installed is what I'm thinking.

Any tips on which brand/model to buy?
jimmbob@ Did you buy a light receptacle? I am also looking a good waterproof motion light.
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Old December 06, 2017, 21:33   #7
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The instructions on the last motion detector light I installed said not to put more than one sensor on one circuit. Don't. They weren't kidding. The sensors will fight each other and one will likely stay on, as I later found out...
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Old December 07, 2017, 00:16   #8
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I have a couple that I bought from Harbour Freight, which are solar powered. Not industrial grade powerful but work well and have proven impervious to the elements so far.
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Old December 07, 2017, 08:09   #9
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I have a couple that I bought from Harbour Freight, which are solar powered. Not industrial grade powerful but work well and have proven impervious to the elements so far.

Lowes has some that are LED and solar that are a step above those.
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I'd probably use Rab lighting. its what the local commercial electrical supplier sells.
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jimmbob@ Did you buy a light receptacle? I am also looking a good waterproof motion light.
Not yet, I got sidetracked with too many other things right now. Still need to get some though, lots of good info here so far
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I have been installing a lot of LED wallpacks and similar exterior lights. The LED is the best - sodium or metal halide is old delicate technology.
Look at the lumens and the type of housing that would best fit your application. All kinds of light fixtures say weatherproof but ofyen have an "open" back where they mount. Not exactly weatherproof unles syou gasket or silicon them in place.
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Bought and installed a corner unit LED set from Lowes as well. Chose it for the secondary downward facing sensor that picks up anyone sliding down the wall trying to avoid the outward facing sensors. Works like a charm and very bright. IIRC it's their house brand Utilitech. Decent quality. It's been up 3 years with no issues.
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I'd probably use Rab lighting. its what the local commercial electrical supplier sells.
Been using RAB LED commercial parking lot lights for over a decade now. The very first location I installed these at was had a mix of high pressure sodium, metal halide and incandescent. I was out on there location doing bulb changes regularly. First business's day after "Fall Back" time change all the employees would freak about leaving facility in dark and would get an emergency call. By time swapped power supply and bulb in a metal halide fixture plus charge to move my bucket truck added the hourly charge building owner was usually hit with an over $1,000 bulb swap bill that day plus another $1,000 in separate trips over winter then spring would ignore exterior lighting till fall.

Finally talked him into swapping it all over to LED and had run math showing over $100 per month average electricity savings each month. Gave him a seven year warranty on all lighting sans lightning strike or other impulse out of my control. All the big fixtures ran about $450 each and small were in $150 range and this will be his 10th winter and has yet to have a single outage. Electricity and service calls saved has about paid the $8,500 invoice to swap them out. The lowered likelihood of being sued is priceless. If have even one light out in commercial setting and someone trips, is robbed or raped and owner is liable.

Have RAB at my business as well. When my shop was majority metal halide electricity cost was so high only ran 25% of my exterior lights during winter and 1/2 during summer and were programmed to turn off at midnight on weeknights. If ran all it added $150 per month to power bill. Can run LED with more lumens and power bill doesn't even have a blip. Difference between all on or all off was under $20 per month and use those bills plus client letters who have swapped over as sales tools. If not using LED your losing money. Every lighting fixture inside and outside here at house is LED. Any quality fixture will be waterproof. Have strands of LED's we use to retrofit neon that can run totally submersed and pay out for parts/labor in energy savings over seven years.
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I'd probably use Rab lighting. its what the local commercial electrical supplier sells.
Thanks for turning me on to this company, seems to be high quality stuff

I'm looking at possibly getting a few of these units...

http://www.rabweb.com/productLine.ph...BLE_DUAL_HEADS

Amazon has them for $160.- but a few people commented the warranty is no good unless lights are bought from an authorized dealer.
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