Motion sensor lights are a popular type of outdoor security lighting for domestic and commercial properties.
Motion sensor lights automatically turn on in the dark when activated by movement.
Motion sensor lights act as both a safety and security feature.
When you come home at night or go outside in the dark, the lights will light up paths and outdoor areas (without the need of a light switch), so you can see where you’re going reducing the risk of tripping or slipping.
If an intruder trespasses on your property, the lights will come on scaring them off and making you aware of their presence. Homes with motion sensor lights installed are a lot less likely to be burgled/vandalised.
How does motion sensor lighting work?
Motion sensor lights detect infrared heat coming from moving objects such as people, animals and even wind bourne objects such as dust and leaves.
Motion sensor lights have varying levels of sensitivity. Most have them set to come on only when humans walk past so they’re not activated every time a cat or squirrel walks past.
Who should consider motion sensor lighting?
For a while now motion sensor lights have been very popular with commercial business owners for security reasons and to light up areas for night workers when they go outside.
Motion sensor lighting has become more popular with homeowners over the years, especially those with poorly lit areas such as garden or garage areas.
Any business owner with premises or homeowner with poorly lit spaces should consider installing motion sensor lighting.
Where’s the best place to install motion sensor lighting?
For the home any area with poor lighting this could be front and back gardens, garage, driveway, patio etc
For commercial properties install motion sensor lighting around fire escapes, the front door to the premises, CCTV covered areas, areas vulnerable to break-in or vandalism, etc.
Who should install motion sensor lighting?
Why it’s possible to buy and install motion sensor lighting yourself, you should always use a qualified electrician with experience in this style of lighting.
There are lots of different types of lighting on the market, and you need the correct lighting for your situation. A qualified electrician will know exactly where to place the lights and how to set the sensors correctly, so the lights are only triggered by human activity.
Oversensitive motion lights that are activated by any movement whatsoever are annoying and costly in wasted electricity.
If you need any help with motion sensor lighting, get in touch and speak to one of our Electricians.