How to Choose the Best Outdoor Sensor Lights to increase your home security

February 11, 2015 by Sarah Longfellow

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Having outdoor sensor lights installed outside your home not only provides automatic illumination when you come home late or leave early, but they can also help prevent villains from breaking into your house. Having a home alarm system is a good way to inhibit break-ins and burglaries, but these high tech alarm systems are on the high side, and most times require a monthly maintenance fee. Installing outdoor sensor lights at home is an inexpensive way to keep off intruders, and keep your home secured. Apart from keeping your home secured, outdoor sensor lights can also reduce accidents from falls. Adding motion-sensors to outdoor lighting can help reduce your monthly electric bill.
outdoor sensor lightsMounting outdoor sensor lights to your home can help you feel harmless, as your outer space will bright up every time someone approaches your house. It can also enhance a level of ease, such as when taking out the junk at night or searching for keys at the front door. Providentially, mounting an outdoor sensor light is somewhat a simple process. The major challenge however, has always been how to know and choose the best outdoor sensor light.

HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST OUTDOOR SENSOR LIGHT
There are three main gauges to picking the best outdoor sensor light to fulfill your needs, be it for security or for convenience.

1.    THE SENSING DISTANCE
Putting the sensing distance into consideration, when making a decision to buy outdoor sensor light, is very important, most especially if it is for security purpose. When it is dark outside the sensing distance is very significant, you certainly want the maximum expanse possible. The capability to sense movement at long distance is what gives quality outdoor sensor lights an edge over others. This is where you get your money’s value. But if you are not concern about the distance, then any typical outdoor sensor light will be ok.

outdoor sensor lights2.    WHAT IS THE MAXIMUM WATTAGE OF THE MOTION DETECTOR LIGHT
An outdoor sensor light is also graded via how many watts that the total number of bulbs can add up to. The usual maximum total bulb power is often 300 watts for normal motion detector lights, but high quality motion detectors can switch 300 watts and more (like some of the ‘RAB’ models which will handle 1,000 watts). For safety reasons, you want it bright; and while a 300 watt rating is good, a 1,000 watt rating is top of the line and ‘best’ for home security.

3.    THE WIDTH OF THE MOTION DETECTION AREA OF THE SENSOR AND WHAT IT WILL SEE
Outdoor sensor lights are also rated by their detection pattern. This includes coverage width, and their sensing angle measured in degrees. A 360 degree full circle coverage is absolutely the best, when it is for security protection. This will leave no area uncovered. If the outdoor sensor light will be mounted against, or on the wall, then a 180 degree half circle sensor light will be okay.

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