Outdoor sensors are great as they offer an added layer of security to residential and
commercial buildings, save on energy costs and are highly convenient.
How to choose outdoor security sensors:
Type of Outdoor Security Motion Sensor:
There are two main types of outdoor motion sensors, passive infrared (PIR) and microwave.
PIR motion detectors measure heat levels, and can detect a change in heat when an object
emitting heat, for example a person, walks past their sensor field. It is important to ensure
when installing outdoor sensor lights with a PIR sensor, that they're not installed near any
heat sources, such as heaters or lamps. Microwave outdoor sensors emit waves, which are
then reflected back to the receiver and can detect if any signal has been disrupted. Outdoor
security sensor lights with a microwave sensor are often extremely sensitive.
Type of Outdoor Light Timer Switch:
Both digital timer switch and electric timer switch can perform the same functions. Electric
timer switches are often longer lasting, and can handle higher electrical loads than digital
timer switches, however, digital timer switches are often more streamline in form, and
therefore blend into the interior design of residential properties better than electric timer
Wattage of Light With Outdoor Motion Sensor:
The wattage of outdoor security motion sensor lights is important as you want to provide the
correct amount of brightness and light for the task it’s installed for. Higher wattage outdoor
wall mount sensor lights are better for security reasons, as the brighter light can help you
see the area clearer. These outdoor security motion sensor lights are better suited for
driveways, or for highlighting larger spaces in your back or front yard.
Lower wattage outdoor sensor lights are better for smaller areas, or for creating a more
welcoming feel to a space, such as outdoor gardens and outdoor dining areas.
IP Rating of Outdoor Security Sensors:
The IP rating of outdoor security motion sensors refers to how suitable they are to be
installed outdoors. An outdoor sensor rated IP44 is water resistant, and is suitable to be
installed in areas with minimal water sprays, such as in a bathroom or alfresco. Outdoor
sensors with an IP65 or above rating are weatherproof, and can be installed outdoors in the
harsh weather. High IP rated outdoor sensors are great to keep on hand for potential
upcoming jobs as they are able to be installed indoors or outdoors. Many of our outdoor wall
mounted sensors are weatherproof, minimising security risks in residential and commercial
It is great to pair our outdoor motion sensors with 5000-6000k outdoor LED lights, as they
provide the highest contrast for our eyes, making it easier and quicker for us to see objects
lighted by these outdoor sensor lights.