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  1. Elephant

    Elephant Guest

    I have a motion sensor that has a normally closed relay. When motion is
    detected, the relay opens. There is no option for a normally open

    If I hook the contacts up to a buzzer, the buzzer of course will sound
    all the time unil motion is detected.

    What would be the best way to get around this. Another relay, an

    Any help would be appriciated. Don't want to have to construct too
    complicated circuit.
  2. Phil Allison

    Phil Allison Guest


    ** Just connect a transistor ( say a TIP31 ) in series with the buzzer DC
    supply, with a resistor (of say 470 ohms ) from C to B so it is biased
    hard on.

    Then connect the relay contacts from B to E .

    Job done.

    ...... Phil
  3. Rich Webb

    Rich Webb Guest

    There is no best way, but better ways shade into more complicated
    solutions. A straightforward approach is to use a second relay with
    the opposite sense such that, when it is powered through the motion
    detector relay it will hold its contacts open. When the motion
    detector fires, its relay contacts open, allowing the second relay
    contacts to shut, powering the buzzer.

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  4. Sjouke Burry

    Sjouke Burry Guest

    The normally closed contact is ideal for adding to an alarm
    system. contacts at windows, doors etcetera are also closed,
    and you can just add the motion alarm in series to any alarm
    Then when a prowler is detected, your break in alarm will sound.
    Else, add another relay,to invert the motion alarm.
  5. Jamie

    Jamie Guest

    To keep it simple, have it drive another relay with NC contacts and
    drive that.

    If you're trying to incorporate some electronics, I guess you
    could use those contacts to shunt the input of a simple biased
    switching transistor. The contacts would simply shunt the BASE
    bias resistor to common for example.
  6. terryS

    terryS Guest

    The original post only describes an 'undesired' condition; not the
    'desired' one.

    However making a presumption that the buzzer is to sound when motion
    is detected? But not while motion is not detected?

    In a typical North American 115 volt situation.

    Thinking about the same. I have two separate motion sensor fixtures
    that control two light bulbs each. One idea would be to connect a
    small front door bell transformer across the bulbs (usually a red wire
    out of the sensor!) the lo-volt output of the transformer would
    operate buzzer. And buzzing would persist for as long as the lights
    were timed to stay on.

    While the sensors are rated for incandescent bulbs only don't think
    the small amount of inductive reactance of the small transformer in
    parallel with the the pure resistance of the two bulbs would be a

    One advantage in our situation is that the circuit can be installed
    completely by using standard electrical code approved parts in a
    standard manner. No special hook-ups or home made circuits are

    We ensured that while installing the motion activated lights the third
    wire (usually red?), the one out of the sensor that turns on the
    lights, was brought back in a standard three conductor cable (White,
    black, red + ground) an octagon box. The low voltage transformer is to
    be mounted on that and low voltage wires will be run to the buzzer.
    Maybe will add a low voltage switch to turn off the buzzer if

    Our sensors are rated for 300 watts (Incandescent only) but are
    normally fitted with two 75 watt floods ( 150 watts) per fixture. So
    one idea is to use that third wire to turn on a couple of other lights
    (up to a maximum of another 150 watts) in an adjacent area etc.

    A further note: Our relative live 'next door' and we have low voltage
    communication wires running between the two houses, underground. These
    could be used to alert people in the other house that someone is
    around the first one setting off the motion sensor lights!
  7. Elephant

    Elephant Guest

    Thank you all for your suggestions. I used a 2nd relay and it works
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