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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

Best Small Motion Sensor Lights for Indoor or Outdoor Use

There are times when you need to illuminate a darkened hallway or dim area of your home or property. These areas do not always require a big bright light but are best served by small motion sensor lights. There are three types of motion sensor lights battery operated, solar and your standard electrical light that is either plugged in or hard wired in. Of these three types there are small versions of each and in this article we will be discussing some of the best selling from each type. Each of the lights mentioned below are all available from Amazon.com for fast delivery, so if you are looking for a great deal on a great light keep reading.

Small Battery Operated Motion Sensor Light

The Sylvania 72178 LED Motion Sensor Light is a great example of a small battery power motion light. It would a very reliable way to light a darkened hallway, garage, deck, or entryway. It runs on 3 Triple-A batteries so it does not require an outlet source so you can place them anywhere you need a little extra illumination. It comes complete with mounting hardware that allows you to mount it in three different ways. One way is with an adhesive backing so it can be mounted on a smooth surface, or you can lock it down with screw mounting or use the included magnets for metal surfaces as well. The Sylvania 72178 can also be removed from its mounted position so you can carry it as a flashlight if necessary. The light automatically comes on at dusk or you can set it to be motion-activated within a 130-degree arc and a 13-foot radius. Both automatic functions can be disabled and you can operate it manually as well. An energy-saving function can be set to turn off after 10 seconds without any motion detected.

The Dorcy 41-1071 LED Wireless Motion Sensor Flood-Lite is one of the highest rated lights of this style with 4 ½ stars. It has an infrared sensor that detects not only motion but also heat so there are fewer false alarms. It operates on 3 Double-A batteries and lasts for months and intensely bright LED pure white lights that last up to 100,000 hours. This light also comes with an easy mounting slot and its compact design allows it to fit in very small areas. Its light activates very quickly and brightly, and you will not suffer false activations. It has an effective range of 10-15 feet in the front and 15-20 feet at either side and it turns off automatically after 30 seconds. It is also great for closets, cabinets, halls, garages and stairways. Though it can be used outdoors it should be protected from the elements. It can also be manually set to stay on constantly, all in all a great little light.

Small Solar Powered Motion Sensor Light 

As far as alternatives to electricity battery operated lights are great but if you just don’t want the hassle of changing batteries no matter how long they last you can’t beat a solar light. One small solar light is the Designers Edge L-949 10 LED Rechargeable Solar Panel Shed Light with motion sensor. This light has many features including a 20 foot cord that allows you to place the solar panel in direct sunlight and a switch that allows you to use all ten LEDs for up to two hours of lighting or five LEDs for up to four hours of lighting. This light can not be used out in the element unprotected but is approved for damp location like sheds and garages. If this light isn’t exactly what you’re looking for there are many other options of solar lighting, click here to see a complete listing.

Small Motion Sensor lights

Now for those just looking for a standard electric motion light there are an endless number of options from motion sensor night lights to security lights. And each type of light also has an endless list of brands and models. If you are interested in night lights here is an entire article all about indoor motion sensor lights including night lights that details many of the best available. Now if you are looking something other than that here are a few worth looking at. The Cooper Lighting MS100PG 110 ̊ 100W Portable Plug-in Motion Security Floodlight is a very unique light that is probably the only portable motion sensor light with a cord that you will find anywhere. The cord is eight feet long and the built in sensor has a 110 ̊ detection zone up to 40 feet making this light perfect for most indoor and outdoor applications. As with the other lights you can see a full range on electric motion light here.

Now there are no excuses about buying a light for that dark area of your home. With this list of small motion sensor lights you can illuminate anything anywhere with no problems.

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