Motion Detector Lights - Bright Ideas For Home Safety
Why come home to a dark house or slip on an icy sidewalk you
can’t see? How about strange outdoor noises in the middle of the
night? Motion detector lights are a must have for many
homeowners. While homeowners have used them for many years, the
three reasons why they use them are:
- Energy efficiency
- Home security
With motion detectors you don’t have to leave your lights on all
night. No reason to turn the outdoor lights on when you leave for the
night just so when you return you’re able to see the door lock. Motion
detectors will detect your movement coming up the sidewalk and
automatically turn the light on. If there is no motion present, the
light will turn itself off. This simple detection can mean sizable
savings in energy costs and the convenience of having light when you
need it the most.
One of the biggest reasons to installing a motion detector light is
for home security. Motion detectors will illuminate potential intruders
hiding in the bushes of your home. They can startle off burglars who use
darkness to their advantage. Having motion lights installed at your home
will make it more challenging for a burglar to break into your home as
they do not want to risk being seen.
How Motion Lights Work
Motion detectors work by detecting infrared waves. These infrared rays
sense heat given off by humans, animals and sometimes cars that an eye
sensor in the light detects. When this motion is detected the light is
electronically turned on. All motion lights have timers built in so that
you can set the duration of how long the light stays on. The light will
automatically shut off if no motion is detected. The built in photocell
will keep the light off during the day when it is not needed.
Most motion detectors can be adjusted for how far they detect motion.
The light emits a semicircle perimeter with a field of view up to 240
degrees and a distance range, which can extend 50 ft. or more. These
lights can also be shut off and used as a regular switched light. This
allows you to have the best of both worlds.
Placement of Motion Detectors
You should place motion detectors on all entries to your home. Light
walkways, patio doors, fence gates and even dark areas of your yard.
Also installing them on the corners of your home can help deter possible
burglars. This makes it very difficult to get close to your
Although motion detectors cannot guarantee your home will never be
broken into, they do offer a low cost solution for increased protection.
The safety, convenience and utility costs alone make owning these lights
well worth their investment.
How To Install A Motion Detector Light
This is a great resource for installing a home motion detector light.