Introduction

Installing a Garage Floodlight tout »
One of the simplest, most effective ways to enhance the safety and security of your home is to add a motion-sensor floodlight to the garage. The dual-lamp model installed here comes on automatically if something—or someone—crosses its field of vision.

If you’re hesitant about working with electricity, don’t worry. We’ve greatly simplified the process by safely tapping into an existing garage circuit and by running the wires through surface-mounted metal tubing, called conduit. This technique speeds the installation by eliminating the need to blindly pull wires through walls and ceilings.

All of the supplies required for this project are sold at hardware stores and home centers, including the thin-wall metal conduit, which is referred to as EMT for electrical metallic tubing.
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    Tools List

    • lineman's pliers
      Side-cutting lineman's pliers
    • wire strippers
      Wire stripper
    • torpedo level
      Magnetic torpedo level
    • spade bit
      12-inch-long 7/8-inch spade bit
    • 16-foot tape measure
      Tape measure
    • Phillips screwdriver
      Phillips-head screwdriver
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • ladder
      Ladder
    • fish tape
      Fish tape
    • hack saw
      Hacksaw (to cut conduit
    • round file
      Round file or reamer,
      to remove burrs on just-cut conduit
    • utility knife
      Utility knife

    Shopping List

    FLOODLIGHT:

    1. ROUND OUTLET BOX

    2. LAMP-HOLDER COVER

    3. MOTION SENSOR

    4. LAMP HOLDERS (2)

    5. 90-WATT HALOGEN BULBS (2)

    WIRING:

    6. 14-GAUGE INSULATED STRANDED WIRES

    7. TWIST-ON WIRE CONNECTORS

    8. ELECTRICAL TAPE

    9. 14/2 NONMETALLIC CABLE (AKA ROMEX)

    HARDWARE:

    10. 1/2-INCH EMT CONDUIT

    11. CONDUIT ELBOWS

    12. CONDUIT HANGERS

    13. STRAIGHT CONDUIT COUPLERS

    14. RIGHT-ANGLE CONNECTORS WITH REMOVABLE COVERS

    15. CABLE CONNECTORS

    16. METAL JUNCTION BOX

    17. EXTENSION BOX WITH CONNECTOR

    18. COMBINATION 15-AMP GFCI RECEPTACLE AND SWITCH

    19. 2-INCH GALVANIZED DECKING SCREWS for attaching electrical box to wall

    20. SILICONE CAULK to seal hole