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Outdoor and Motion Lighting

Keep your home safe and visible at night and save energy by installing outdoor motion sensor lights.

About outdoor motion lighting

Outdoor lighting makes the house visible at night and helps to prevent robbery, but keeping the lights on all night is a waste of energy. Because they only turn on when movement is detected, motion sensor lights are an ideal choice.

The finest outdoor motion sensor light alternatives are influenced by a number of factors, including your budget, security requirements, and day-to-day lifestyle.


What to Look for When Purchasing a Motion Sensor Light

When buying a motion sensor light, there are a few things to keep in mind.
When shopping for a motion detector light, think about your individual needs, such as how far away you want the light to detect movement, how bright you want it to be, and what energy source you’ll use.

Power Source

Motion detecting systems can use a variety of power sources, including plug-in electric, battery-powered, solar-powered, and hardwired.

Brightness and Color Temperature

A motion sensor light’s brightness is measured in lumens (lm), which can range from 200 to over 2,000 lumens. To put it another way, a standard flashlight has 200 lumens of brightness, whereas 2,000 lumens is enough to light up a small room. Light’s color temperature is measured in Kelvins (K) and pertains to the color it produces. It ranges from 3,000K (warm white) to 6,500K (cool white) in temperature (daylight).

The amount of light produced by an outdoor motion sensor lighting system varies depending on the product. Varied products have different brightness and color temperatures, and some motion sensor lights have multiple brightness and color temperature settings, allowing the user to choose the most suited option.

Range of Detection

The range of detection of a motion sensor refers to the distance at which it can detect movement; it’s usually indicated on the packaging or description. From 20 to 100 feet away, most motion sensors can detect movement. In addition to distance, take notice of the light’s detection angle, which is measured in degrees and indicates the detection field’s spread.

Direct-wired motion sensor lights are often located on exterior walls at or above door height, and may include one or more spotlights that can be adjusted based on the area to be illuminated. These lights have the longest sensing range, up to 100 feet, and may be programmed to illuminate huge parts of a yard or driveway.

Decorative motion sensor lights mounted on the wall are designed to look like ordinary porch lights and will illuminate the same area when activated. The detecting range of decorative motion sensor lights is greater than that of spotlight-type competitors.


While durability may not appear to be a requirement for a light that will be mounted on a wall or ceiling, users should remember that these lights are intended to provide security. This means you’ll want a sturdy light fixture in case an intruder is caught off guard and decides to attack it.

The light may be destroyed by the impact of the ground if it is knocked off the mount or dropped while the user is changing batteries or attempting to connect the light to a power source. For these reasons, investing in a long-lasting motion sensor light is a wise decision.


When a motion sensor light detects close movement, it spotlights the intruder in brilliant, blinding light, ensuring the property’s protection. This does not, however, imply that the home must appear to be a fortress of extreme security. Choose from a variety of motion sensor light styles to choose one that complements or enhances the decor of your house.

Flush mount lights are perfect for covered porches because they are generally mounted to the ceiling. The lights are generally hidden from possible intruders, rather than being overly visible.

Lantern lights are another appealing option for the home’s façade. This is because they appear to be ordinary porch lights that have been turned off, but when someone approaches, they turn on, surprising the trespasser and possibly giving the appearance that someone is home and well aware of the intruder.

Additional Features

There are a few other things to look for when shopping. Keep the following qualities in consideration when choosing an outdoor motion sensor light:

  1. Auto-reset
  2. Adjustable illumination coverage
  3. Adjustable sensitivity
  4. Adjustable light duration


The product, the home, and the user’s chosen location all influence where an outdoor motion sensor light is mounted. A motion sensor light is usually mounted on a wall or ceiling near a home’s entrance, such as the front door, side door, back door, or garage. The light should be placed 6 to 10 feet off the ground for optimal coverage.

Some items can only be installed on the ceiling, but others can be installed practically anywhere. If you want to make sure the light is high enough to avoid tampering and in a difficult-to-see region at night, under-eave lighting is a great option.

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