1. Reset the light to make sure it isn’t set to manual operation.
  2. Turn off the light switch that operates the motion light.
  3. Leave the light switch off for one to two seconds.
  4. Turn the light switch back on to reset the motion light to automatic.

If that doesn’t work, your sensor lights may be faulty and need replacing.


Often, the wind blowing through leaves and branches can cause the motion sensor to detect motion, causing the light to stay on. The override function can also be triggered by power outages which can trick the switch into thinking it’s been turned on and off repetitively.

Motion sensor lights should be triggered whenever a person, vehicle or other objects pass by. They are sensitive enough that even small animals can trigger them. Over time, you may find they’re less responsive or not working at all.

If you’ve tried to reset the override function and your sensor light still isn’t working, the sensor itself might be faulty. If this is the case, you’ll need to call an electrician to inspect the sensor.

Your Local Electrician are experts at installing and fixing faulty motion sensor lights. Don’t risk your family’s safety, if you have a problem, call us on 1300 000 LOCAL and we’ll arrange a call out service.

Did you know while we’re checking your sensor light, we can also carry out a free electrical switchboard safety inspection? Using a powerful Thermal Heating Camera, we can quickly detect any potential corrosion or damage.

It’s just another way, we’re keeping communities safe!

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