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TRex

Logically most normal people will think in terms of pull down , instead of pull-up, because we want everything to be OFF to be normal. and usually OFF means disconnected, which is why you would require a pull down, to ensure it is still off, but also connected.

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The arduino is equipped with internal pull ups, not pull downs... Why is this? It is because It is more reliable to work with inverse logic for a lot of reasons, One important one in your case would be that the sensor needs to supply 5 volts to you to indicate everything is OK, and 0 volts when there is an alarm, because if the sensor fails (or a thief cuts the green wire, disconnecting your sensor  :) ), it will indicate an alarm. if you use normal logic where OFF is no alarm, you wil never get an alarm if your sensor is dead.

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