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5th September 2014 Comments Off on Why motion sensing lighting makes sense Views: 1255 Simple Lighting Blog

Why motion sensing lighting makes sense

We all worry about what might be lurking in the darkness of our gardens or garage. But, with a motion sensing lighting system, you can put your mind at rest.

Motion sensing lighting systems contain smart infrared sensors, which detect the slightest movement in a specified area, casting a light on the darkened space as soon as someone – or something – steps in its range.

As well as being an excellent security measure, motion sensing lighting systems are also extremely useful for lighting the way in the dark – perfect for when you come home late at night or you need to put the bins out.

How do motion sensor lights work?

There are many different ways to create a motion sensor, but most motion sensing lighting systems use what’s known as a passive infrared motion sensor, or PIR sensors for short.

Infrared motion sensors work entirely by detecting energy given off by other objects. Essentially, this type of motion sensor technology tunes into body temperature, so it will only light up when it detects human movement. This comes in handy for motion sensing lights, where wind and other objects can trigger the sensor and turn the lights on unnecessarily.

Things to consider when buying motion sensor lighting

There’s no denying that motion sensor lighting systems are a useful addition to most gardens. However, here are a few things you might want to consider when it comes to installing one.

Range and distance

The first thing to consider when investing in a motion sensing lighting system is the range of the sensor. Long-distance lights are obviously more suitable for gardens and yards, whereas shorter-range lights are better for indoors, such as garages.

For long-distance lighting, we recommend the Mr Beams Motion Sensor Spotlight. With easy installation, the motion sensor detects movement up to 30 ft away, providing 350 sq ft of light coverage.

For shorter distances and indoor use, you can’t go wrong with the Mr Beams Motion Sensored LED Steplight, which detects movement within 12 ft and returns to a dim glow within a short space of time to avoid any unnecessary disturbance.

If you’re looking for sensing light that will cover both indoors and outdoors, then we recommend the Mr Beams Motion Sensored Ceiling Light, which provides up to 25 ft of light, covering more than 250 sq ft.

Where to install your lights

The other thing to consider is where to install your motion sensing lighting system. Obviously this depends on what you want you sensing lights to do.

If you’re looking for safety and security from your motion sensing lights, then be sure to choose the area you want to light up and install the lights approximately 10 ft from the ground.

If you want to use your motion sensing lights to accentuate a certain area of your garden, then install them at ground level.

Making sense of motion sensing lighting

If you want any more information or advice about motion sensing lighting, our lighting experts are happy to help. Just email us at: support@simplelighting.co.uk

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