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There are many great uses for outdoor motion lighting – and with the spring in full swing and warmer weather upon us, one of its most important uses will be keeping your family safe whether they’re tucked in for the night or entertaining guests in the backyard.
With that in mind, in order to get the most from your outdoor motion lighting there are a few things to keep in mind. Here are a few common questions we’re asked when it comes to setting up outdoor motion lighting:
What Can Activate a Motion Light?
We know you know that anything that moves will trigger a motion light, but really think about your property and its surroundings when getting motion lights installed. Trees blowing in the wind or cars driving by can cause your lights to turn on. If you want to avoid that, pick areas away from the street or with fewer trees.
How High Should the Sensor be?
For a better field of view, it’s best to place your sensor in a high location about 6-10 feet off the ground. If the sensor is too low or too high it will have a harder time picking up on movement that is ground level – and this is typically where you want your motion sensor to detect movement!
Where Should the Sensor be Installed?
This depends on what you’re looking to get out of your motion lighting! For security purposes, you want the sensors to be in a location where they’d have a wide open field of view. This allows the sensor to pick up on the movement of potential threats even beyond your property line. If you’re just looking for the convenience and safety of extra outdoor lighting, place your motion lights near pools, decks, walkways and stairs.
While this general knowledge is good for any homeowner to have, E.T. Lawson’s experts can handle everything for you. From placement to lighting coverage, you can count on us to keep your family safe and your property well lit.