Light Up the Way & Secure Your Home with Motion-Sensor Lights
The fall season means the days are getting shorter, the temperatures are getting colder, and the holidays are just around the corner. Less daylight increases the need for more artificial lighting.
In addition to increasing safety and security, motion-sensor outdoor lighting also adds curb appeal and increases the use of your outdoor spaces.
Motion sensor lights work by detecting heat waves using infrared detection. Whenever a moving object, especially people, animals, and vehicles, comes into the light's field of view, the lights turn on.
Depending on your settings and equipment, the light stays on for 1-30 minutes. After no movement is detected, the light will automatically shut off. Most systems have photocells that makes sure the light is turned off during daylight hours.
Motion-sensor lights vary depending on installation and manufacturer, but you can typically expect up to 240 degrees and a range of 70 feet or more.
It can be annoying if your motion sensor lights turn on every time a car passes or a leaf blows, but there are ways around these "nuisance trips." You can adjust how long the light stays on, the distance-range setting, and the field of view. By narrowing the distance and field of view, you can avoid most nuisance trips. Be sure to install motion-sensor lights that have an adjustable distance and range setting.
To set the range to your ideal setting, start with the dial set to "max" and then lower it until it is exactly where you want it.
You may want to narrow the detection zone by adding electrical tape to the sides of the light sensor, narrowing the field of view. You can also aim the sensor to specific area. Pointing the head down will shorten the detection zone while raising it will cover a larger area.
You can also manually operate your motion detector lights by flipping the on-off switch. Choose to keep your light on all night whether there is motion or not, off, or double flip to return it to automatic.
Motion-Sensor Lighting Styles
There are many outdoor motion-sensor styles and types to choose from:
Motion-Sensor Flood Lighting
The garage area gets a lot of use at night, from hauling away trash to moving tools in and out. Let motion-sensor garage floodlights guide the way and prevent trips and stumbles. It will also provide warm illumination for you and your guests, as well as dissuading any would-be thieves from getting any closer.
Speak with the professionals at Gold Medal Service for more information on flood light that creates a soft, even light throughout a large area, from wide beams to narrow beams.
Motion-Sensor Decorative Lighting
Add motion-sensor technology to any of your existing lights, including decorative wall lights and lanterns around your home.
Motion-Sensor Pathway Lighting
Add safety and security to your home and pathways with motion-sensor, low-voltage landscape lighting. These light fixtures are typically low to the ground and outline prominent walk areas such as pathways, driveways, steps, fences, stonewalls, and garden features.
Pathways lighting is a simple improvement that makes a big difference. But instead of lighting up everything at every hour of the night, motion-sensor lights will allow you to get the welcoming glow when it's needed.
You can also combine solar lights with motion detectors that can save you even more electricity and money.
Where to install motion-sensor lights
We highly recommend installing motion detector lights that lead the way to both your front and back doors. This way, if anyone comes home at night, the lights will automatically come on to light the way.
Other areas to light up include:
- Front and back doors
- Swimming pools
- Patios and porches
While motion detectors cannot guarantee security, it is one of the best and lowest cost ways to prevent burglaries and break-ins. Criminal activity doesn't want to be seen. If the goal is improved security, consider installing motion-sensor lights in additional areas, such as trees/bushes, dark areas of the yard, and fence gates.
Motion sensor lights work best when they are around 8-12 feet above the ground. Depending on the location of your lights, you may want to use a remote motion sensor unit that can be placed in a different location from the light itself.
Fall Task: Install and Repair Pathways and Pathway Lighting
The summer gives us a lot of light to fetch the paper and conduct outdoor tasks, but when the sun starts tracing a lower path in the sky, it's time to change your paths as well. This includes inspecting your current pathways and looking for any areas that could potentially cause a liability or tripping hazard.
Your family and your guests don't want to squint in the dark and feel around with their hands and feet for safe passage to and from your door.
So, now's the time to install or repair your walkways by fixing cracks, gaps, and other tripping hazards. It's also time to go outside at night and see if there is enough light for proper safety and security.
Pathway Lighting Options:
- Low-Voltage Pathway Lights
- Solar Pathway Lights
- Bollard Lights
- Outdoor Lanterns
Lighting the exterior of your home with motion-sensor lights has many benefits, but it's easy to make mistakes. Contact Gold Medal Service for the perfect combination of safety, security, and aesthetics.