A Simple Guide To Adjusting A PIR Sensor Light
If you have recently purchased a PIR sensor light or you want to add one to your home, our simple guide will help you adjust your light to meet your personal needs.
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What are PIR Sensor Lights?
PIR sensor lights are designed to detect motion in the vicinity it is placed, illuminating the area when movement is detected.
This works by detecting the infrared technology that is emitted by humans and animals to activate the light for a predetermined amount of time. After a set period of inactivity, the light switches off to conserve energy.
This is perfect for quick and efficient lighting for inside or outside your home. Outside lighting can deter animals and potential trespassers from entering your property, and it can reduce safety hazards by enhancing visibility.
The Importance of Proper Adjustment
Due to the enhanced visibility, security cameras can pick up a clearer image during the night or in low-light conditions for better home security.
For this, the light needs to be properly adjusted to provide optimal illumination for focal points in or around your home.
Adjusting the sensitivity and range will prevent unnecessary activation, saving energy for your home. This will also reduce the wear of the light fixture, prolonging its lifespan.
You can adjust your lighting to suit the personal needs of your home and prevent unwanted disruptive illumination.
Tools You Will Need
Here is a list of tools you will need to adjust your PIR sensor light:
- Ladder/ step stool
- Adjustable wrench
- Tape measure or ruler
- Inclinometer or level
- Notebook and pen
A Step-by-Step Guide to Adjusting a PIR Sensor Light
- Safety First: Ensure that the power is turned off before getting started and your ladder is placed on a flat, dry surface. Aim the sensor away from the sun to prevent false triggers.
- Accessing the Sensor: Identify the location of the PIR sensor on the light fixture. It's typically a dome or cylindrical component. Use a screwdriver to remove any protective covers and document the original settings for later on.
- Adjusting Sensitivity: Locate the dial or switch that controls the sensor’s sensitivity to motion and heat. Gently turn the sensitivity dial or adjust the switch. Typically, turning it clockwise increases sensitivity, and counterclockwise decreases it.
- Adjusting Time Delay: Identify the control that adjusts the duration the light stays on after activation. Similar to the last step, turning the dial clockwise to increase and counterclockwise to decrease the duration.
- Testing: Test the sensor after each adjustment by moving in its detection range and noting the light's response. Ensure it activates and deactivates consistently with the adjusted settings.
- Finalising the Setup: Secure any loose components and double-check that the time delay meets your needs and works efficiently by mimicking activities that would trigger the sensor.
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