Installed A Motion Sensor Light Switch

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“I'm so fast that last night I turned off the light switch in my hotel room and was in bed before the room was dark.”
--Muhammad Ali

It's a rainy Monday, so it's time for another cool home improvement project. Our closet had a regular, plain light switch on it. We thought it might be a good idea to put a motion sensor in there because it's almost completely black normally and we wouldn't have to fumble around for the switch in the dark.
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I don't really do any electrical stuff, but this seemed like a good place to start. The first thing we had to do was to open the circuit box and figure out which switch runs to the bedroom closet.
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Once we figured out which one it was, I removed the current light switch plate and light switch.
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With all the wires exposed, I tried to figure out which wire was which. There were two black wires that I figured were the "load" (to the lamp) and the "hot" (from the house electricity), and there was a green one that I guessed was the ground cable.
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I removed the old switch completely by disconnecting the wires. I had to remove the red caps to separate the wires from the ones in the wall and unscrew the wires from the back of the old style switch.
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When I looked in the box, one of the black wires was coming from the top and the other was coming from the bottom, so I guessed that the one going up was the load going to the lamp and the one going down was coming from the house electricity.
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To connect them, I twisted our newer orange caps onto the wires.
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I screwed the new switch onto the wall to test it, and as you can see, the light turned on. It worked! I was happy.
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I put a brand new plate over the switch, and I was done.
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I am far from a fix it person, and when I get the opportunity to do something like this, I avoid it. It's just another way for me to put things off until later. With this project, I feel I owe it to myself not to procrastinate and to do tasks I'm not totally comfortable doing. This is definitely one of those tasks, but I feel satisfied and accomplished I was able to do something basic and useful.

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