Outdoor Security Spot Lights

There isn't a lot of variety in outdoor security spot lights. That's not the point of these fixtures. Their point is to attach easily and securely to a wall and to provide clean, bright light on command. They can generally be found in black, white, or gray. They'll generally take halogen bulbs that are more than adequate for the task. You'll generally want these lights to come with a motion sensor so that they only come on when they're needed. Almost all of them will include a darkness detector so the lamps don't come on in the daytime.

Here are some other things to look for and thing about in your outdoor security spot lights.

Degree of Detection - You want to make sure that the motion sensor has an adequate degree of detection. For some uses 120 degrees of detection may be all you need. But if you're hoping to monitor motion along a wall, that would leave plenty of room for someone to sneak along the side. 180 or, better, 200 degrees of detection is what you're looking for there. You may even want a sensor with a full 360 degrees for a lamppost in the yard or at the corner of your house.

Range - You also want to make sure that the motion sensor can detect motion from far enough away. There are two parts to this measurement. The first part is how far it can detect along its edge. For example, a 180 degree detector in the middle of a 50 foot wall should be able to detect 25 feet in each direction. The second measurement is how far it can detect straight ahead. You want a detector that can reach the 25 feet to the edge of your yard if that's how far it is.

Adjustability - The lamp should allow you to easily adjust its range and degree of detection to less than the maximums. You don't want your lamps being triggered by the neighbor's dog or cars on the street, even if at full capacity, the sensor could detect those things.

Timer Control - You may want these lamps to come on at a certain time every night, regardless of whether there's motion. If so, look for lamps with a timer control.

Manual Override - You may also want to be able to turn these lights on and keep them on at your discretion. That way they can double as lights for the pool or a party.

Remote Control - Many of these lamps will come with a remote control so they don't have to be wired into a wall switch. This makes manual overrides and adjustments even easier.

Remote Control - Many of these lamps will come with a remote control so they don't have to be wired into a wall switch. This makes manual overrides and adjustments even easier.

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