There are many different reasons that people install motion sensor light switches in their home. The most common reason, however, is to add a little bit of comfort, calming your fears when the light automatically illuminates a dark garage, sidewalk or darker area of your yard. Staring out into complete darkness can be unsettling for anyone—especially because we really have no idea what is out there.
Regardless of whether you’re coming home late from work, wonder about those strange noises in your back yard or have to navigate through an icy sidewalk during the winter, a motion sensor light switch can save the day. You can stay safe for an affordable price and rest easy at night. Better yet, almost anyone can install motion sensor light switches—you don’t have to be a professional to do so.
Motion detectors are essentially small electronic eyes that detect infrared waves. This basically means that these switches can detect heat waves that radiate from moving objects, whether it’s an animal, person or a car pulling up to the garage. When the motion sensor light senses a moving object across its field of view, it will turn on automatically. It is typical for the light to stay on from one to twenty minutes, depending on how you preset the timer. The light will shut off, unless it continues to sense movement. Most motion detectors have a field of view of up to 240 degrees and a distance range that can extend up to 65 feet or more! This is huge, especially when it comes to keeping your home safe.
Realistically, you should be able to install motion sensor light switches in one day (even if you are installing a few) and you should be able to pick them up for under $100. The price of motion sensor light switches vary quite greatly, but they are very affordable.
Now, where should you put motion sensor light switches? Many people might give you different answers, but for the best effectiveness you should position your motion sensor lights to cover any of your walkways, especially those that lead to your front or back doors—and the driveway. This way, if you come home from work at night you will be able to make your way to your front door without having any unexpected mishaps, like slipping and falling on a patch of ice. If you have a deck or swimming pool you can also install motion sensors around these areas to keep people safe.
As you probably know, many people choose to install motion sensors due to added security, more so than out of convenience for themselves (i.e. to avoid falling in the dark, etc.). If this is more of your own personal goal, you will want to position your motion sensor lights to cover all approaches to your home such as your fence, the front gate (if you have one), and the patio door, around trees or any darker areas of your yard. While lighting can’t guarantee your security, it can most certainly help deter unwanted intruders who don’t want to be seen.
When it comes to the best brands to purchase, WattStopper and Leviton are in the winning. These companies have been around for a long time and truly focus on energy-efficient ways to keep you safe with motion sensor light switches. These world-renowned manufacturers offer state-of-the-art light control equipment at affordable prices that you can count on.
If you have any questions regarding motion sensor lighting switches or would like us to cover any other information you’re curious about, please don’t hesitate to ask. That’s what we are here for.