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Decorative Motion Sensor Porch Lights

When most people think of outdoor motion sensor lights they think of the big bulky security lights you typically see on garages and over driveways. Not really the type of lights you want on your front porch. Luckily there are better options being produced all the time for those looking for an attractive high quality outdoor motion light that you wouldn’t hesitate putting on any porch of your home.

Heath Zenith Motion Sensor Porch Lights

One manufacturer that makes excellent porch lights with built in motion sensors is Heath Zenith. They have over twenty different models available with some models being wall mounted and others ceiling mounted. Most of them come in different finishes including black, white, polished brass, antique bronze, antique brass, oil rubbed bronze, black brass and many more. With so many to choose and with everyone’s tastes being different it is hard to narrow down which light to include here but we will mix a little of everything. The Heath Zenith SL-4144-AZ-A New England Carriage Style 150 Degree Motion Sensing Decorative Security Light pictured in antique bronze is a good example of the wall mounted lights available. This four sided wall mounted light has a traditional lantern design a weather resistant finish and an almost invisible motion sensor. It can detect motion in a 150 degree radius up to 30 feet away. It is equipped with the “Dual Brite” adjustable setting that allows you to set the light to a low level accent lighting that turns bright when it detects motion. The accent lighting adjustment can be set to stay on for three hours, six hours or dust to dawn. It also has a light timer that allows you to set how long the light stays on after detecting motion you can choose one, five or ten minutes plus there is a sensitivity setting and a daylight detecting photocell that turns the light off during daylight hours. The light takes standard medium based bulbs up to maximum of 100 watts.


A good example of a ceiling mounted light is the Heath Zenith SL-4300-RS 360 Degree Motion Activated Octagonal Ceiling Light pictured with a weather resistant rust colored finish. It can detect motion up to 30 feet away has the Dual Brite bi-level lighting feature and uses four Candelabra base incandescent bulbs up to a maximum of 25 watts each. And it comes with a two year warranty.

One of the more fancy lights they make is the Heath Zenith SL-4166-AC Motion Activated Six Sided Coach Light pictured with a weather resistant antique copper finish and beveled glass. It has a hidden motion detector that detects motion 30 feet away in a 150 degree radius. It has the Dual Brite low level accent light, adjustable timers, a photocell eye and takes an incandescent bulb up to a maximum of 100 watts.




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Ceiling Mounted Motion Sensor VS. Wall Mounted Motion Sensor

Attaching motion sensors to your lighting is one of the easiest ways to reduce electricity usage at home or work which ultimately saves you or your company money month after month. This is especially true in large offices where there could easily be hundreds of overhead lights. Since you are reading this there is a good chance you already know all of this but still have questions. One of which is should I/we use a ceiling mounted or wall mounted motion sensor with our lights? And the answer to this is it depends, different situations require different sensors. Below you will find a comparison of two models of motion sensors one wall mounted and one ceiling mounted. Hopefully this will help you decide which is best for you application.


Ceiling Mounted Motion Sensor for Lights


Leviton Ceiling Mounted Motion/Occupancy Sensor

The Leviton ODCOS-I1W Self Contained Ceiling Mounted Occupancy Sensor is an energy saving solution for many applications. Businesses and homeowners, who want to reduce their electric bill, will agree that this sensor activated light eliminates the waste of electricity. This sensor is very easy to install and is particularly suited for areas that are hard to reach. Possible applications include storage rooms, rooms that are used frequently, and small areas that do not have traditional wall switches. The fact that this self contained unit does not require an external power pack increases the versatility even more.


The Leviton ODCOS-I1W features PIR technology. PIR (Passive Infrared) technology is used to detect motion. A Fresnel lens, which is divided into segments, monitors the room and detects motion within the 360-degree viewing area. The Fresnel lens is divided in 79 segments, which optimize the sensitivity and monitoring ability of the sensor. Mounting the sensor at a height of 8 feet will allow the sensor to cover approximately 530 square feet. The large coverage of the sensor will greatly reduce the numbers of sensors needed in bigger rooms. For added versatility this sensor has a delayed OFF option. This function can be adjusted between 20 seconds and 15minutes, depending on the use of the room. The Leviton Occupancy Sensor has a LED indicator that makes it easy to verify the correct placement of the sensor to achieve optimum performance. The ambient light override allows adjustments to the sensor settings. This is a very useful feature because it prevents the sensor from switching the lights on when sufficient natural light is available. This setting works independently from the motion sensor to allow maximum energy savings.


Wall Mounted Motion Sensor for Lights


Leviton Wall Mounted Motion/Occupancy Sensor

The Leviton ODS10-ID Decora Wall Switch Occupancy Sensor is another energy saving solution for businesses and individuals.  Applications for this type of sensor technology include commercial buildings, schools, offices, and many others. This Wall Switch Occupancy Sensor can be installed in a regular wall switch opening. It features the same PIR sensor and lens as the ceiling mounted occupancy sensor. Even though the wall switch has a low profile design, the lens is protected to ensure long trouble free operation.


This Leviton ODS10-ID can monitor up to 2100 square feet. It is adjustable and provides 180 degrees of view. The ambient light feature and delayed OFF option is part of this wall switch. This Leviton model can be used to automatically control different types of lights that are often found in offices, conference rooms, and media-centers. This eliminates the need to choose one particular setting. The manual override prevents the lights from coming on when they are not needed or desired. The ODS10 also features a push-button to turn the lights on or off. The lights will stay on as long as motion is detected. The unit will return to the automatic preset settings. High inrush loads are handled through a latching relay that provides a longer service life.


And there you have it a full comparison of ceiling and wall mounted motion sensors. Hopefully this has helped you in your decision on the best type for you situation. One thing that may also help is to consider where each type would be located if installed. If you are leaning toward a wall mounted unit you but the location it will be mounted is cluttered with furniture or cubicles then you may want to use a ceiling mounted version. And vise versa if you are leaning toward a ceiling mounted unit but there are other obstacles you may want to consider the wall unit. Either way you I am sure you will be more than pleased with the convenience of your new lights and the money they save you.

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