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Hopefully local or online from a Canadian retailer. The reason is I need to keep an existing outdoor fixture. I will drill a hole in the existing fixture. I have done this before but with a dusk to dawn sensor. I also want the pointable version like shown below.

I can find a thousand of these on Aliexpress but hoping to find one sold in Canada so it should have CSA. Amazon might be a toss-up. So either I am using the wrong keyword search or they are not sold separately.

As a last resort I will just a buy a cheap PIR fixture in Canada and remove the sensor and put it in the existing fixture.
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Thanks. I'll make a visit to the store. Perhaps not all the inventory at HD is not listed.
I have two that are 18 years old and still work well. Not sure the brand. I did replace the original PAR38 bulbs with LED bulbs. Meanwhile my COB LED motion sensor light stopped working after a year. I did a diode test on the two LEDs and one failed. At least the power supply is good. So I've been trying to source an 8.1mm round COB LED on a12.5mm board without luck. Unless I want to buy 500 from Digikey LOL.
 

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I have installed 2 these options in the past. On my previous house I installed the dusk-to-dawn sensor on my front entrance fixture. This was after getting a "citation" for not having a porch light on at night. It was some community safety group that was endorsed by the city police and used their logo. I moved out many years ago.

At my current house I wanted the lamppost to only be on until midnight or thereabouts. I installed a timer and set it to come on at 3PM and off at 1AM. Where the service exits the out building I installed a junction box with a dusk-to-dawn sensor. The benefit of this is that I don't have to worry about DST and the light will always be on at sunset regardless of the season.

I am doing this for an elderly relative.
 

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Thanks for the tips I have re-evaluated my relatives options with her. There are 3 fixtures I'll be addressing. Back, garage and front entrances. The garage and back will have the fixture replaced with a basic PIR motion sensor light. The basic ones sell for $30. This is good because the current single lamp fixture is not bright enough so adding a photocell would not address this issue. For the front entrance I thought I found a good option in this Amertac Programmable Light. Unfortunately if the power goes out or you accidentally turn off the wall switch it does not store the settings and reverts to dusk-to-dawn. Most programmable photocells are like this. Plus I don't want this elderly relative getting on a step trying to program it. Since the fixture will effectively become a simple photocell I'll avoid this complication and just get this photocell and pair it with an LED lamp in the existing fixture. Fortunately these photocells are available at most big box stores. They run about $18.
 

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I have a step drill and will drill out a 1/2" hole if there is no knock-out or plug in the fixture. Wiring them into the fixture is quite straight-forward.
 

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Yes that is what I have seen as well. Note this is going into a fixture. In these cases there is a small gasket that seals the drilled hole. In my experience fixtures are rarely sealed against the wall so I have no worries about moisture.
 
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