When you bought your home you may have spent a lot of money and energy trying to pick and install the right outdoor light fixtures. If you bought lights that didn’t have motion sensors, don’t worry. You can still add it! If you’re not sure if motion sensor lighting is the right choice for you, read on.
The Pros and Cons of Motion Sensor Lighting
The main goal of motion sensor lights is to give you a sense of safety and security for your property. Having a sensor-activated light system installed on your property will let you be worry-free about stepping in the dark again.
Motion sensor lights can have many advantages but they may not be the perfect lighting choice for everyone. Continue reading to explore the pros and cons of this type of lighting to know to decide whether or not they are a good choice for you
Pros of Motion Sensor Lighting
No Touch Is Required
This makes motion sensor lighting child, elderly, and disability-friendly. Motion sensor lighting is perfect for people who need extra help while navigating their homes ensuring they are safe and able to see around them.
In addition, they can conserve power and can help you save money on your next electric bill. They shut off automatically when they don’t detect movement anymore. This way you will never have to check if you turned off the lights before going to bed ever again.
You can use motion sensor lights to illuminate dark areas, including dark halls, porches, decks, and backyards to make sure your family can navigate through the most challenging spaces in your home safely.
Security And Safety
Having motion sensor lighting installed in your home will help you prevent injury and scare away potential burglars when they light up when they detect movement.
Cons of Motion Sensor Lighting
Lack of Control
While this type of lighting can provide additional safety and illumination, it can reduce the control you have over them. Given that they activate as soon as they feel movement, they will always turn on when you enter a room or move by them. This can be a bit disruptive during the night, especially when the light is bright and it stings your eyes.
Unwanted Lighting Times
The lights also can turn off when you don’t want them to. For example, when you’re watching a movie or reading a book. As a result, you will have to get up and move to get them to turn on again. For this reason, some people who have motion sensor lights have additional light fixtures that they can manually turn on and off when they want. Sometimes lights stay on because they’re too sensitive, learn how to fix them here.
You may encounter “false alarms” outside occasionally that make your lights turn on, like a cat or a dog that is passing by. This is why proper installation is very important to avoid unnecessary light activation.
Should I Install Motion Sensor Lights in My Home?
Indoor motion sensor lights are not as common as outdoor ones, but they exist. Normally, they have LEd models that can help you save energy and are designed to light up garages and dark hallways. They also are a good choice for indoor entryways, that way you don’t have to fumble around looking for the light switch when you get home at night.
You can also install motion sensor lights that you can control remotely. This will prevent them from turning off unexpectedly or on when you don’t want them to.
Outdoor Motion Sensor Lighting
This type of light can be mounted on the wall, on decks, or even installed as bulbs in your light fixtures. Porches with motion detector lights are a great way to welcome family and friends into your home. You can also improve the security and safety of your home by installing sensor lights on dimly lit areas, including garages and the backyard.