How to Reset the Light Sensor on Outdoor Lights

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Override and reset your lighting sensors for more outdoor lighting flexibility.

Dusk-to-dawn lighting uses a light sensing photocell to operate your outdoor lights during dark hours. Motion sensor security lighting uses a motion sensor and a photocell to operate your exterior light for a predetermined amount of time once motion is detected. Manually overriding your dusk-to-dawn light turns it off, while overriding your motion sensing light causes it to remain on. A brief power outage lasting no more than one or two seconds also can override your lights. Either way, you can manually reset them.


Step 1

Flip off the light switch that powers the outdoor lights.

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Step 2

Leave the light switch off for one second.

Step 3

Turn the light switch back on to reset the light sensors to auto.

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