Sensor Lights: How Durable Can They Be?

For your home to be safe, it is recommended that sensor lighting be installed on the exterior of the home. Sensor lighting can be placed on the garage of the home as well as any porches or around walkways to ensure that you can see as you arrive home at night as well as to thwart potential burglars’. But how durable are sensor lights? Read on below to learn more about sensor lighting and how it can be of benefit to your home.

How Does It Work?

Sensor lighting or motion detectors work by using small electronic eyes that will detect infrared waves. Heat waves that radiate from moving objects will set the motion sensor off which makes the light come on. The light will then remain on from one to twenty minutes based on a timer. Motion detectors can detect movement at specific ranges and can include as much as 70 feet or more. Such lights come in particularly handy when you arrive back home to see as you walk to the front door or to alert you if there is movement outside of your home. While many times movement may be the leaves or a pet, it is best to have such lighting so criminals are deterred from approaching your property.

Types of Lighting

There are many styles of sensor lighting that can be installed in the home but the most common are Flood, Decorative and Remote. With Flood lighting, you have the larger bulbs that are placed usually on a garage or on the side of the home. This lighting is very bright and can help you see easily during the nighttime hours. Decorative lighting is more for looks and will be installed in a standing lamp post or hanging light fixtures on the garage or porch of the home. Remote lighting is another option that has a small remote sensor that helps the lighting to function as needed.
With Flood lighting, you have the most durable option for the home. Flood lighting kits are created to be durable and to withstand the elements as this type is commonly not covered but out in the open. Decorative and remote lighting options are not as durable but will be installed in an area of the home that will be covered, such as a porch area, so the light will be protected.

When installing any type of sensor lighting, be sure to read up on the lighting type and how it can be affected by the elements common in your area. Wind, snow, rain, etc. can all affect the lighting and the unit must be of a high quality and use durable material to ensure that the motion sensor will work and you get the most out of your investment.
Consult with lighting experts to find out how your home can benefit from sensor lighting. Have your home evaluated to determine which areas would be of benefit and have such lighting systems installed for the safety and security of your home.