A home motion detector which will automatically switch the outside lights on as you approach the steps or the sidewalk can provide you the perfect solution for safely greeting you at your home at night. Now you can safely walk up your sidewalk without undo fear of tripping over items inadvertently left there by your children. In addition, the motion detector can ease your security concerns relating to any intruders entering your backyard. With a motion detector your lights will be conveniently switched on exactly where you require them and when need it on.
In this article I have attempted to introduce you to motion detectors and to explain as to where they can best benefit you.
For your convenience you should position your motion detectors so that they cover all the walks which lead up to your front door and backdoor as well as the driveway. In this way the light will come on as you come home in the evening or to light the pathway as a visitor approaches your home. You could comfortably install them on your patio or deck for that added convenience. You should highly consider their use in any areas that may be considered potentially hazardous such as at your swimming pool or around stairways.
Security be your major concern and you should aim your motion detector to survey all the approaches available to your home including any patio doors or fence gates. You may wish to aim your detectors into the dark areas surrounding your yard, perhaps aim into any dense bushes or trees where an intruder may lurk. Keep in mind that good lighting does not guarantee the safety of your home it represents one of the more efficient low cost methods of discouraging unwanted intrusions.
Ideally it is considered best to mount your motion detectors between six and ten feet above the ground level. Position your detectors so that most of the movement will happen within the detectors sensitivity zone. Obviously you may not be able to do this with your existing light location. A possible solution to this dilemma is to install your motion detector a short distance from the light itself. These units retail for about $10 up to $20. The particular wiring employed to connect this detector to the lights use low voltage and presents no danger therefore it does not require enclosing within a plastic or metal conduit.
I hope I have shed some light on where to place your motion detector when you install them.