How to Select the Best Motion Lights for Your Property

One of the simplest solutions for commercial security lighting at night is to install motion detector lights. This type of lighting is great for lighting dark pathways and remote areas of a property. Here are some things to think about when choosing motion detector lights.

How Motion Detector Lights Work

Motion lights work by detecting infrared rays through the use of small electric eyes. Infrared measures heat waves radiating from any moving object. If a warm object moves through the detection field, the light automatically switch on. How long your commercial security lighting remains on is determined by a timer. If the sensor does not continually sense movement, it will shut off. Detector lights usually have a 240 degree semicircular field of view with a maximum distance range of 70 feet.

A small annoyance these lights pose is that sometimes they will be set off by cars, which can be irritating to homeowners and neighbours. Your commercial lighting service can solve the problem by doing two things. First, they can adjust the light’s distance-range setting. Second, they can also limit the sensor’s field of view by aiming it more carefully or slightly obstructing the view.

Questions to Ask When Choosing Your Commercial Security Lighting

There are three factors to consider when choosing the type of light needed from your commercial lighting service like Nite Time Decor. First, how far away do you want your motion detector to sense movement prior to switching on? If the purpose of installing motion lights is for security, the sensing distance is very important. High quality motion sensors are very good to invest in. LED lights or halogen lights are your best choice. However, if your goal is to light up pathways or decorate, go with less expensive, but less powerful, motion sensor lights.

Second, how wide of an area do you want your motion sensor to detect? This choice will dictate your coverage width or detection area. A full circle is the best option, as no areas will go undetected. However, if your sensor is mounted against a wall, a half circle will be good enough.

Finally, how bright do you want your lights to be? High quality motion sensors designed for security can handle 300 watts or more. If your lighting is for aesthetic purposes, then a 150-300 watt light bulb will work fine.

Other Things to Consider When Choosing Your Lighting Service

If you have decided to invest in some commercial or residential security lighting, you need to decide if you want your feature to have sockets for CFL bulbs, incandescent bulbs, or quartz halogen lights. Do you want the unit to switch on during daylight hours? Do you want your lighting to have two brightness levels? A good motion sensor will have a timer-based medium brightness level for hours between dusk and dawn then have a higher brightness level for when motion is detected. There is a lot to think about, and that’s why contacting Nite Time Decor Oakville for a consultation will help you make the best decision for your property.

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