Homes that are well lit will give the home a beautiful appeal at night and will allow homes to stand out from the others on the street. But what are the benefits of having motion sensor lights? They will provide you with peace of mind as well as lighting for your path at night.
Installing motion sensor lights aren’t just for outdoor use, they have more benefits that you may not be aware of. Installing motion sensor lighting indoors can provide your room with a beautiful ambient glow, light up a dark hallway or stairwell or to simply save on energy consumption.
What are Motion Sensor Lights?
Motion sensor lights have a small electronic “eye” that will detect movement from heat waves that emit from moving objects when in the field of view of the sensor. The light will then turn on and remain on for either a set amount of time or until the movement stops. There are also daylight sensors that will turn the light on when there are no more sun rays detected.
What are the Benefits of Having Motion Sensor Lights?
There are many benefits to using motion sensor lights, like providing an inexpensive option for decorative lighting, but as Staysafe.org reports, there are even more reasons to use motion sensor lights, including:
- To deter criminals: Criminals may attempt to breach your property with the intent of stealing or vandalizing it. However, lighting the area upon approach to your property will scare the intruder away.
- Easier to see: Having lights in just the right locations around your house will allow you, your neighbors or patrolling police officers to see if someone is lurking around your house.
- Providing safety at night: It can be difficult to see the path to your door when you arrive home in the dark so having motion sensor lighting or daylight sensor lighting installed will help to prevent falls.
- To scare off the critters: Skunks and rabbits can cause damage to your lawn or flower beds, but when the light pops on, they scatter fast.
Do Motion Sensor Lights Save Money?
Cutting down on electricity consumption is good for the environment, but it can also save you money. Using motion sensor lights inside the home, as well as outside will bring in the savings since your lights won’t be left on at all times.
Reducing electricity consumption by turning lights off or by utilizing motion sensor switches will reduce carbon emissions as well as provide you a savings in your bill. The Eco Guide advises that the savings are typically around 35 to 45 percent but can be as high as 75 percent. They prove how turning lights off will result in those savings with this calculation:
If Ben Buys Indy Houses leaves a single 60 watt bulb on for 8 hours a day at $0.10 per kwh, it will cost $17.52 per year. Cutting that time by 35 percent to 2.8 hours a day will cost $6.13 per year.
I don’t know about you, but I’ll take that $11.39 per year for each room a light is left on for 8 hours. I’ve come home in broad daylight and my daughter will have four rooms lit for that amount time – $45.56 per year extra in my bank account? Yes, please.
How to Choose the Right Motion Sensor
These days there is a multitude of different motion lights to choose from, which will allow you to outfit your home – inside and out – in no time. Determining which motion sensors will suit your needs the best can seem overwhelming, so here’s a YouTube video to help guide you through that process.
Choosing the proper indoor sensor will depend on your needs, as well as your electrical requirements. Indoor sensors can be used in the following ways:
- Occupancy sensors will turn lights on as you enter a room, as well as turn them off as you leave the room.
- Vacancy sensors need to be turned on manually, but will turn lights off as you leave the room.
- Dimmer sensors, which come in occupancy and vacancy models, will turn lights on to your preferred dim level.
Outdoor motion sensors should be installed in the appropriate position to illuminate the walkways leading to all entry doors. Sensor lights can also be utilized to light patio areas, decks, pools and stairs.
For added security, position the sensor lights toward every approach point to your home like porch or patio entrances, fence gates, dark sections of your yard and where trees and bushes are planted.
Installation is not difficult to do and can be completed in approximately 15 minutes. You can always hire an electrical contractor to the job, if you’re not comfortable working with electrical projects.
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