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Types of Outdoor Security Lighting to Consider

Just about everyone knows the value of good outdoor security lighting around the home. From those that have been home alone and heard a noise outside to those that have stumbled up stairs or with a lock and key because they could not see what they were doing in the dark. Almost everyone you talk to has some story that would have had a different outcome if only the area around their home had better lighting. Now since you are reading this I can only assume that you are one those people that does know the importance such lighting. But knowing what you need and getting what you need can be two different things entirely. For example you know you need a security light but there is not just one type to choose from. So which do you buy? The solar model, battery powered model or the standard hardwired electrical model? Well you might and you might not know which type you want right now but by the time you finish this short article you will know exactly what type of light or lights you will be getting for your home.

Hard Wired Outdoor Security Lighting

First let’s take a look at the hard wired security lights. These are the type of outdoor lights that are hooked up to the Motion Sensor Wall Sconcepower in your house. Many of these lights work with a light switch but they can also be motion sensor lights that come on when motion is detected or even dusk to dawn lights that come on when it gets dark. What type you choose really depends on what you are looking for in a light and where it is going to be located. Lights that work on a switch are typically good for places like porches where you want full control of the light. Motion sensor lights are a good choice for almost anywhere and most outdoor lights come with this feature. There are many benefits to motion lights, they are convenient, energy saving and less invasive than lights that stay on all night which can be bothersome to close neighbors or if you have bedrooms close to the light. Now if it has been a while since you have looked at motion sensor lights then you might be pleasantly surprised to find that the big gaudy flood light style are not the only option. More and more motion lights are designed to look like high end wall sconces and ceiling lights. So there is no longer any reason to sacrifice appearance for function. A good example of this type of light is pictured above (click pictures for pricing and reviews), the Designers Edge L-2552PW Dual Eye Motion Activated Outdoor Wall Sconce. This light is truly the total package. It comes with a dual eye sensor that detects motion in a 220 degree zone, adjustable time and sensitivity settings and even an oDusk to Dawn Lightptional dusk to dawn setting. Also it can use incandescent bulbs up to 100 watts.


Now if you are looking for a light to mount over a driveway or over a certain part of the yard then you might want a standard dusk to dawn light like the Lithonia OFLR Outdoor Dusk to Dawn Floodlight. This light will automatically turn on when it starts to get dark and turn off as soon as daylight arrives. It has adjustable heads and comes with energy saving LED bulbs that should last for up to 50,000 hours.

*Please note the links above direct to Amazon as I have found they offer the biggest selections and most competitive prices.*

Solar and Battery Powered Security Lights

The above lights are very nice but sometimes people just want something that works good is easy to install and doesn’t cost a lot of money which is the perfect description for most wireless security lights. Now I have written about wireless lights many times before so there is no reason to repeat what has already been said so I will just give you some links to thought specific articles. The first is the on solar LED security lights which can be found “here” or by clicking the picture below. And the second is on some of the best selling outdoor Led battery power lights which can be found “here” or by clicking the picture below. Hopefully either this article you are reading or the others I have linked to will help you decide what type of light or lights you will need around your home.Battery Powered Motion Sensor LightSolar Motion Sensor light

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.




Click here to see the full line of Heath Zenith Decorative Motion Sensor Porch Lights

*Please note the links above direct to Amazon as I have found they offer the biggest selections and most competitive prices.*