Installing a motion-activated light in your garage is an easy and inexpensive way to improve security and visibility. With just a few affordable parts and some basic tools, you can build and install your own motion-sensing light in less than 60 minutes.

What You'll Need

To build your motion-activated garage light, you'll need the following materials:

Preparing the Installation

Before you get started, be sure to:

Step-by-Step Installation Guide

Follow these steps to install your DIY motion-activated garage light in under an hour:

1. Mount and wire the motion sensor

First, mount your motion sensor to the ceiling where you want it positioned. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for mounting.

Run 2 wires from the motion sensor to the light fixture's location - a neutral (white) wire and a hot (black) load wire. Use the wire strippers to remove about 1/2 inch of insulation from the ends and twist the copper wires tightly together. Secure with electrical tape.

2. Mount and wire the light fixture

Now mount your light fixture to the ceiling where desired. Follow the mounting directions that came with the light.

Connect the white neutral wire from the motion sensor to the white neutral wire on the light. Twist the ends together securely and cover with a wire nut.

Connect the black load wire from the motion sensor to the black hot wire on the light fixture. Again, twist them together securely and cover with a wire nut.

3. Connect fixture and sensor to power

Run a hot power wire from your garage's electrical box to the light fixture. Connect it to the light's black wire with a wire nut.

Connect the motion sensor and light fixture ground wires to a ground wire from the power source (typically green). Secure each ground wire connection with a wire nut.

Run a neutral wire from the power source to the motion sensor's white neutral wire. Connect with a wire nut.

4. Install light bulb and restore power

Install a light bulb that meets your light fixture's specifications. Check for any loose connections and ensure no wires are exposed.

Restore power to the garage at the breaker box. The motion light should now activate when motion is detected!

5. Adjust settings as needed

If needed, adjust the motion sensor's settings for motion detection range, duration, and more. Refer to the manufacturer's guide for specifics.

Position and angle the sensor and light heads to optimize coverage. Your new motion-activated security light is ready!

Tips for Success

Follow these tips for best results:

With the right materials, wiring knowledge, and safety precautions, installing a motion-activated garage light takes less than an hour. The increased visibility and security make this DIY project well worth the effort.