Motion Sensor Lighting For Your Security and Safety
Motion sensor lights are ingenious lighting fixtures that can detect movement in a given area and turn the light on. There are many benefits to using such lighting around your landscape. Especially for security!
The way most of these kinds of units work is by detecting changing heat patterns in front of the ‘eye’ of the sensor.
Once a change is detected it’ll snap the lights on and flood the area in light.
You will want them to detect rapid changes in temperature. This will then only set it off when something warm enters the field like a human, an animal or a car.
But be careful!
If they are set to sensitive, the simple process of objects warming and cooling will set off the light.
You don’t want that! The lights will be turning on all of the time!
Most units allow you to adjust the duration they stay on, usually somewhere between 1 and 25 minutes. After that period of time elapses, if the sensor doesn’t detect any more movement within its field of vision, it’ll shut the light off.
This way you will only get the light for as long as you need it! And it means you don’t have to worry about turning it on and off.
This is why they are so beautiful for security lighting purposes.
Most units come with a photocell that will allow them to know when it is daylight, and when it is dark out. This will keep the light from coming on during the day when its services are not needed.
Usually the detection range is somewhere between ten to one hundred feet away. And they typically have the capability to detect in quite a wide area around.
You can typically adjust the range and radius. Consult the manual that comes with your light to find out how to do it for your specific unit.
You are going to want to place your motion sensor lights in areas that give you the most benefit.
On porches or decks
Or around/above garage doors
These areas prove benefit to you, and give you security!
You’ll find that coming home late at night becomes a lot easier if you have a light that will come on the moment you come within range.
Have a light when just when you need it!
This also cuts down your electric bill since the light wont be on all of the time.
If you are a do-it-yourself kind of person, installing motion sensor lights is fairly simple, but does involve some wiring. If you are uncomfortable working with electricity, consult a qualified lighting or electrical professional in your area.
If you still wish to do it yourself, and are worried about electricity; there are non-wired versions, including battery powered and solar powered.
As always, consult the instruction manual to adjust range, radius and the timers of you light. You will then be able to enjoy the added benefits and security of your new motion sensor lights!