Dual Floodlight Motion Detector Set-Up

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Introduction

This guide should help you in quickly setting up the X10 Dual Floodlight Motion Detector.

Setup

Locating the Motion Detector

The Motion Detector mounting plate is designed to fit a standard round outdoor electrical junction box (not included). The detector should be mounted around 6 - 8 feet above the ground in a location so that a moving object will cut across its beams.

Consider the following points when installing the sensor:

  • The Motion Detector must be at least 6 - 8 feet above the ground be parallel to it.
  • Existing floodlights must be aimed away from the sensor.
  • Direct sunlight must not fall on the sensor lens.
  • The sensor should not face reflective surfaces such as a swimming pool or large windows.
  • Do not mount the sensor over heat-producing vents or air conditioning units.
  • It cannot 'see' through glass.

Note: The sensor 'sees' a moving object by detecting a change in temperature. If you install and set up the Motion Detector on a very hot day, it will be difficult for the sensor to detect the difference between the heat from your body and the background temperature. (At 98.6 degrees you are invisible to the sensor). In very hot weather, we recommend that you make test adjustments in the evening when it is cooler.

Installing the Motion Detector

  • Screw the base of each lamp holder into the outer holes of the mounting plate and secure them with the locking rings.
  • Screw the sensor head into the center hole of the mounting plate and lock it into place with the locking ring.
  • Connect the white wire from each of the lamp holders to the short white wire from the sensor head using one of the wire nuts provided.
  • Connect the black wire from each of the lamp holders to the blue wire from the sensor head using one of the wire nuts provided.
  • Install the supplied gasket on the junction box and route the house wiring through the gasket.
  • Connect the black wire and the remaining white wire from the sensor head to the house wiring. Black to Live and White to Neutral. Do not connect the Black to a switched Live as from a wall switch. The PR511 requires uninterrupted power at all times.
  • Screw the motion sensor to the wall box and align the sensor head and floodlights as desired.

Note: The Motion Detector has a special lens that 'looks' downward. It must therefore be mounted to face outward horizontally, i.e. do not 'aim' the sensor downward.

Control Panel

The control switches for the Motion Detector are located underneath the sensor head. Open the control panel cover by turning the knurled screw.

Adjusting the Motion Detector Sensor Coverage

  • Set the DUSK control fully clockwise to LIGHT.
  • Set the RANGE control fully clockwise to MAX.
  • Set the TIME DELAY to 0.1 minutes (approx. 6 seconds) using a flathead screwdriver.
  • Swivel the sensor head toward the area you want to cover. Be sure the sensor head remains level from side-to-side and level with the ground.
  • Aim the floodlights at the area you wish to light.
  • Turn on the power and wait for one minute.
  • Walk around the covered area. Whenever the sensor 'sees' you, the floodlights come on and remain on for six seconds after you stop moving. If necessary, re-orient the sensor head so normal road traffic does not activate the Motion Detector.

Dusk control

The default setting for the dusk control is indicated by the index mark. This setting should be tried before making any further adjustments. The setting of the dusk control is quite sensitive, so only make small adjustments each time.

Note: When you change the setting of this control, or when the light level changes, the new setting does not take effect until 10 minutes after the setting or light level changed. If movement is detected just after an adjustment was made, you will need to wait until 10 minutes after the delay time on the Motion Detector.

  • Turn the control toward DARK if the Motion Detector comes on too early.
  • Turn the control toward LIGHT if the Motion Detector comes on too late.
  • Turn the control all the way to LIGHT to activate the Motion Detector all the time.

Range control

  • Turn toward MAX to increase range.
  • Turn toward MIN to avoid traffic, pets or small animals triggering the Motion Detector.

Time Delay switch

  • Set to desired time for lights to stay on when no further motion has been detected.

This Unit switch

  • Set to SENSOR to have floodlights turn on when motion is detected.
  • Set to DUSK to have floodlights turn on at dusk and off at dawn.

House Code

  • Set the House Code to match other X10 modules which are controlled by the Motion Detector.

Start Code

This is the Unit Code for the Motion Detector. The Motion Detector floodlights can be switched on and off from an X10 controller using the same House Code and Unit Code.

The Start Code is also the number which is added to the slide switch numbers to set the Unit Codes for other modules controlled by the Motion Detector.

Note: When the floodlights are switched on using an X-10 controller, they will stay on until they are turned off again using an X10 controller.

Sensor switches

These switches determine which other modules will be switched on when motion is sensed. The number next to the switch (+1 to +4) is added to the Start Code to determine the Unit Code for a module. (For example, if the Start Code is set to 3 and the Sensor Switch labelled '2' is set to 'IN', the module with unit code 5 and the same House Code as the Motion Detector will switch on). i.e. Start code (3) plus In/Out switch (+2) = 5. Set the module inside the house (having the same House Code) to unit 5 and when motion is detected after dark, the module unit 5 will also cycle with the floodlights.

Dusk switches

These switches determine which other modules will be switched on at dusk and off at dawn. The number next to the switch (+5 to +8) is added to the Start Code to determine the Unit Code for a module. (For example, if the Start Code is set to 3 and the Sensor Switch labelled '6' is set to 'IN', the module with unit code 9 and the same House Code as the Motion Detector will switch on). Example: see above sample, changing values for +5 through +8.

Caution: To avoid the risk of fire or injury ensure that potentially hazardous appliances such as portable heaters or fans will not be accidentally controlled by the Motion Detector. Choose controlled Unit Codes carefully.

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