Whoa! Post an inquiry on a Sunday . . . and everyone must be at church, (because there was nary a peep). Wait until the following Monday, and the input comes flooding in (thanks by the way).
Let's see what we can clear up, by way of some of the questions - and other observations. First, despite my lack of command of the exact terminology, I'm still more than convinced that this installation is within my capability (my dad was
an electrical engineer, so this isn't my first
or even second
rodeo" - and no comments
about the nut falling far from the tree . . .
). And despite the correct (and much-appreciated) cautions about being electrocuted, I'm canny enough to know to de-energize the circuit at the breaker box before working on anything.
So, this is a GE 57884 Motion Sensing switch. But it must be only slightly different than the GE 57885 (maybe color?). Regardless, this switch does have some minor differences. It has three adjustment screws (light, range, time). Additionally, while the diagram (posted) shows a second black wire (which is clearly the equivalent of the two terminals on the switch being replaced), my model has a red wire. Although the documentation associated with my switch is pretty crappy (another generally-accepted electrical term), I must assume that this is the equivalent to the black wire, which sends current down the circuit to the other light fixtures - when the motion sensor opens the circuit. Despite the lack of correct "color-coding", intuitively that sounds like it must be right. This execution on this will need to wait until the weekend, but it still gives folks four more days to provide more guidance (which I do welcome). Thanks to all.