Motion Sensor Porch Lights

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Illuminate the Night to Secure Your Home

Motion sensor porch lights only work at night and activate when it detects a person (or perhaps a creature) lurking about. Some motion sensor lights also come with the ability to remain on during all hours of darkness, dusk to dawn, or for a set time which you regulate.

Mary and I use motion sensor lights around our porch and home and appreciate how they not only alert us (by virtue of the light itself) but also provide sufficient light automatically.



Capistrano Motion Security Sensor LED Outdoor Porch Wall Light Fixture - Amazon.com affiliate link from which we may receive a commission
Another unique feature is many come with a dual-bright design. Some dusk-to-dawn lights come on with only a percentage of the brightness at dusk and then when motion is detected it automatically increases to 100%. At a set time after motion is no longer detected, the light reverts back to a lower setting.

Still others can have a manual override permitting light to stay on for a specific amount of time.

Several motion sensor porch lights give you the option to use incandescent or LED lights. On units with only LED lights note they may be sealed because an LED light may last for thousands of hours of illumination.

Motion Sensor Porch Light Style Options

Motion-activated lights can sometimes be unsightly and large making them unlikely choice for homeowners. However, innovation in design has greatly improved the aesthetics of motion sensor lights leaving with us pleasing ways to brighten the front of your home in addition to providing another level of security.

Here's a few options we discovered that we believe you might enjoy. The following light ideas are available on Amazon.com for which we are affiliates and may received a commission on sales.

Oberlin Rustic Outdoor Porch Light with Motion Security Dusk to Dawn
Shown here is a coach (or sconce style) porch light. It offers 50 degrees of motion sensor with a 30 foot range. You can also change the sensitivity level to make this a very versatile lighting option.

Heath HZ-4150-BK Zenith Motion-Activated Four-Sided Coach Light


Mission Style Motion Activated Lantern Porch Light


This modern exterior wall sconce can only work at night and illuminates when motion is detected. The shade's material prevents damage from Ultraviolet light to preserve the lammp's color. Contemporary in design, this motion light fixture will definitely enhance the look of your home.

Contemporary Motion Activated Porch Light


See more motion sensor porch light ideas on Amazon.com.

A Few Most Novel Ideas!

Convert your existing light fixture to a motion sensor porch light! If you already love your porch lights you can convert them easily with a motion sensor light bulb.

These innovative light bulbs turn on automatically once movement is detected and shuts off 30 seconds after if no further activity is noted. Great for indoor use too: closets, stairwells, basements, sheds, etc.

Motion Sensor Light Bulb


motion sensor light bulb
Note bulbs must be used in fully open fixtures to work properly
Have need for a flood light? Here's an easy solution. Like the bulbs above, you can convert your existing fixtures to motion sensors.
Sengled Smartsense Flood Light with Motion Sensor & Daylight Sensor


You can easily deactivate the motion sensor to use as regular bulb. By flipping the light switch off and on you can temporarily deactivate the motion sensor. Smartsense now works as an ordinary light bulb. motion sensor flood light bulb
Note bulbs must be used in fully open fixtures to work properly
Here's a neat and inexpensive way to add motion sensor lighting almost anywhere. This small device uses one AA battery and because of its small size can be used over your front door keyhole, in kitchen cabinets, hallways, stairways, above junction boxes, etc.

DEEIRAO Home Keyhole Infrared PIR Wireless Auto Sensor Motion Detector


Need Even More Light?

There are times when more light for security purposes is required and a standard motion sensor light won't do the job. Here's a solution. This light is extremely bright and can emit 10,000 lumens. It is perfect for barns, sheds, garages, or areas where intense light is required.

LED Security Light
See more innovative motion sensor porch light ideas at Amazon.com.


Keys to Choosing the Right Motion Sensor Light

Our first inclination is to find an appealing porch light that matches your home's aesthetics. Normally, you wouldn't install a contemporary looking light on a craftsman style home. To make your motion sensor porch light the most functional, consider one or all of the following:

  • Range: Range is the distance from the fixture a motion sensor can pick up movement and is typically annotated on the package or in the description. The distance normally ranges from 15 to 100 feet. Angle is important also. Measure in degrees, this is the span the motion sensor covers and should also be listed in the description.


  • Light Source: Most exterior motion detectors use LED light bulbs. LED bulbs emit brilliant, clear light, stay much cooler, and use less energy than other bulbs. Take note that you cannot replace an LED motion sensor light on some fixtures as you would an incandescent light bulb; you'd have to replace the fixture. This should be noted in the description. Please note; however some LED motion sensor lights can last as long as eight years.

    You can still find; however, incandescent, and halogen bulb light fixtures which should be noted as such in the description.


  • Brightness: Brightness is measured in lumens. For example, a 60-watt bulb emits approximately 800 lumens, whereas a 100-watt bulb emits 1600 lumens. The more lumens, the brighter the light. The lumens should be listed in the description.


  • Duration: Duration refers to how long the light stays on before automatically turning off. Some lights have established times, such as 15, 20, or 30 seconds. Other models can be adjusted to stay based on your desires.


  • Power Source: The brightest exterior motion sensor lights are directly wired through your home's electrical system, Battery and solar-powered motion sensor porch lights are easier to install and can last for hundreds of hours.







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