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You will see many motion detector lights with a feature called "Dual Brite" or "Dual Brite Timer". What is the Dual Brite feature? It is a very convenient and valuable feature that adds a new level of function to a motion light. Below, I'll describe how the Dual Brite feature works.

The Dual Brite feature adds another set of light control settings to a motion light.  When the Dual Brite setting is on, the light will automatically turn on in a half-bright mode for a set period of time after dusk.  So when it gets dark, the light automatically switches on in dim mode, providing you with convenient lighting during times when it gets dark early in the evening, and the security of automatic dusk lighting.  The Dual Brite setting does not interfere with normal motion light settings--if the motion detector picks up motion, the light will switch on in full power mode, even if the light is already on in dim mode from the Dual Brite setting.

Thursday, 22 May 2014 18:57

How Motion Detector Lights Work

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Motion detectors sense moving objects by picking up the heat that radiates from the object.  The motion light will automatically turn on when the motion detector senses an object moving within its detection range -- the sensor will work especially well when warm objects move within the detection area, such as animals, people and cars.

Once motion is detected and the light turns on, the light will remain on for a set period of time.  Most outdoor motion lights will allow you to set the amount of time that the light will remain on, typically anywhere from 1 minute to 25 minutes.  Then, if the detector no longer senses movement after the set time, the light will automatically turn off.  In addition, most outdoor motion lights include a photocell that will deactivate the light during daylight.  As a result, the light will only turn on when motion is detected during darkness.

Thursday, 22 May 2014 18:56

What is a Dusk-to-Dawn Photocell?

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By using fixtures equipped with a Photocell, you will save money and energy. Fixtures that use a Photocell will turn on and off at the appropriate time without having to remember to flip a switch, ensuring that your light will not operate during daylight hours when it is not needed.

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Have an overactive motion detector? The sensitivity level on today's motion detector lights may cause the sensor to trigger too frequently, causing the light to stay on longer than desired, or causing the light to turn on too frequently due to motion detected from an unwanted area. Here are some tips to fix this problem:

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The front door light or front porch light on most homes is not motion controlled.  The light is either on or off, depending on whether someone remembered to flick the switch.  As a result, the light sometimes stays on during the day, or stays off at night - either way, not the best use of the light for either energy cost and conservation or safety.  One easy way to deal with this problem, save money on energy costs and get the safety benefits of a light at your front door that will be on when you need it, is to use a motion sensor light.  These lights come in many decorative styles, colors and designs that are sure to enhance the beauty of your home front.

Not so long ago, motion sensor lights came in only a few, flood light styles.  Colors were typically either black or white, and the industrial look of these lights did not lend themselves well to a front door setting.  Not so any longer.  Even the flood light motion light styles no longer have this drab industrial look.  But look further at the decorative wall-style motion light, and you will find a vast selection of beautiful styles and designs to choose from.

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Motion sensor lights turn on automatically when they detect motion in the sensor range. There are many reasons that outdoor motion lights provide benefits over non-motion lights. These lights provide cost-effective convenience and security. Listed below are some top security benefits of outdoor motion sensor lights for you to consider - post any others you can think of.

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If you are looking to ensure the safety of your home, it is crucial to have reliable motion sensors around your property. Even a simple motion activated lighting that illuminate whenever movement is detected with a selected range, this can considerably deter the plans of a would-be intruder. Outdoor sensor lighting is a natural intruder deterrent. This is one of the biggest reasons that people decide to install motion sensor lights.

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Usually, when you think of outdoor motion detector lights, most people think of outdoor motion sensor wall flood lights.  As you can see also from our large selection of outdoor decorative motion detector lights, you can also get the beauty of a decorative wall fixture for your home and still get the benefits of motion detection lighting.  But one type of outdoor motion light that doesn't get much attention is the outdoor motion detector ceiling light.

There are two general types of outdoor ceiling motion lights -- flush ceiling lights, and hanging ceiling lights.  The typical features you will find with these lights include:

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Save money on outdoor security lighting while at the same time, protect your property and your family's safety with motion sensing floodlights.  Today's motion sensing flood lights act as a deterrent to criminals, provide convenient home lighting, and save you money.

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If you have seen the movie Predator, then you may remember the scene where Dutch (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) avoids getting captured and killed by the Predator when he accidentally covers himself in mud, which hides the heat from his body. The Predator, using body heat signatures to identify its prey, can't detect Dutch even though looking right at him -- the mud hides his body's heat signature. Well, I haven't tested it (yet?), but the same concepts should apply when trying to avoid detection by a motion sensor light! (if you test this, let me know and I'll post the results!)

In previous articles I have discussed how motion sensor lights work, and how the heat from objects moving across the motion sensing field will trigger a motion sensing light. This article is not meant to give you ideas for sneaking past someone's motion sensor, but instead is to help you better understand how your lights work and possibly help you better place your motion lights to pick up the type of motion you want to trigger your lights. I will plan to set up some testing in my backyard (using my kids - they will love it!) to see how well we can avoid our motion sensing lights--I'll post any results. Here are some suggestions and ideas on avoiding motion sensors (note that these apply to heat-sensing motion detectors like those typically found in motion lights - these do not necessarily apply to sound, beam or other detectors):

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