By John Voket
One of the easiest and most economical ways to provide enhanced safety and security
is by adding lights to areas of frequent foot traffic, or the more secluded corners of your
property. So I went looking for a few ways to shed a little light on both wired and wireless
exterior lighting options.
Mark J. Donovan, who posted for homeadditionplus.com says the heart of a motion
activated light is an infrared sensor that detects infrared waves, or heat waves, that
radiate from moving objects.
Most models of the models available can adjust the field of view – including the detection
angle and detection range – to mitigate nuisance triggers like passing vehicles or
shrubbery being blown by the wind.
Donovan says when installing a motion activated exterior light it is best to locate it
approximately 6 to 10 feet off of the ground and in locations that are near egresses to
your home, for examples walkways, patios, garage doors.
So how much will you have to pay for a good motion sensing light? At $25 to $40,
bestcovery.com points to the Heath ZenithSL-5512-BZ 300-Watt Quartz Halogen for
motion-activated outdoor lighting, because it includes both a motion sensor and a
two-light halogen floodlight for added convenience.
It has a 240-degree motion-activated floodlight featuring a “pulse count” that reduces the
amount of times it’s triggered due to wind and rain.
If you need serious lighting capacity and you want to add the energy-saving aspect of
solar power, look to ycasolarlightstore.com. This site offers a range of solutions starting
at around $50 graduating up to very sophisticated systems.
For instance, the Solar Goes Green SGG-F156-2R Industrial Grade LED Solar Flood
Light – with SMD (Surface Mount Diode) LEDs is more energy efficient and 17% brighter
than standard LEDs. And it includes a long life Lithium Ion battery for superior lighting
The SGG-F156-2R Solar Flood light can be configured as a Dusk to Dawn Floodlight, or
as a Solar Powered Motion activated security light using the adjustable motion PIR