Outdoor Motion Sensing Lights on a Timer Switch


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Old 09-10-21, 09:04 PM
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Outdoor Motion Sensing Lights on a Timer Switch

Hi,

I just installed two motion sensing lights on the outside of my home and they are working, sensing motion, etc. Both lights are individually connected to toggle switches just inside my front door. The two lights are from two different manufacturers.

QuestionÖcan I replace those toggle switches with timer switches?

Asking this because, once Iím home for the evening and especially during the overnight hours, I donít necessarily want the sensors to light up every time a car goes by, which they do right now. I really want the lights to work if I happen to go out for the evening so when I do arrive back home, the lights turn on, rather than leaving the lights the whole time that Iím not home. Seems like a waste of energy.

Do I need to delve into the world of home automation to accomplish this?

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AndreaB
 
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Old 09-11-21, 06:16 AM
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Originally Posted by Andrea B
I don’t necessarily want the sensors to light up every time a car goes by, which they do right now.
Are the motion sensors adjustable? In some models, the motion sensor is on a 'stalk' that you can point so it doesn't see traffic.
If it's a fixed sensor, I've seen some homeowners simply put white-out over 1/2 the sensor to stop false turn ons. IIWY, I'd try draping a post-it-note over the sensor, and try it with more and more area covered to see what works.
 
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Old 09-11-21, 07:06 AM
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Aim them lower so they don't see the street.
 
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Old 09-11-21, 11:00 AM
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Good ideas above. You'd rather not disable them or you'll lose the security they supply.
 
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Old 09-12-21, 07:46 AM
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Thank you for your responsesÖ

The light over the front door is a decorative motion sensing light and there isnít an ability to ďaimĒ the sensor. Thatís the light fixture thatís tripping when cars go by. The front of my house faces a one-way street and Iím hoping that itís not annoying the neighbors across from me, tripping on with every car driving by.

I have read about applying tape to the sensor area. The light fixture is white and I have white electricianís tape, so Iíll try that approach and tape the sensor from the side where the cars are coming fromÖ.
 
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Old 09-13-21, 10:07 AM
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I agree with the prior suggestions.

The problem with putting motion sensors on a switch or timer is some (most/all?) switch into a test mode if turned off than back on within a minute. When in this test mode, they ignore their photosensor, and turn on for about 5 seconds - the concept is that you can walk and move around and adjust the motion sensor without waiting a few minutes for the lights to click off. The downside is if you're constantly turning the lights on and off, you're more likely to end up in that test mode.

But otherwise, there's no huge issue with installing a timer instead if that's the direction you want to go.
 
 

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