To add extra security to their home without incurring a lot of additional cost, some homeowners turn to a battery operated motion detector. These motion detectors are easy for the homeowner to install and do not require much maintenance to keep them in working order. There are many different types of battery operated motion detector systems available on the retail market for homeowners to choose from, each coming in a different style, color, or motion detection alerting signal.
General Information About Motion Detectors
Some of the most popular types of battery operated motion detection systems are the ones that incorporate flood lights into their detection systems. These motion detection systems flood an area around the home with light as soon as an item of a certain size creates motion near the home. Anyone that is attempting to approach the home in a stealthy manner will be bathed in a flood of bright light, a very effective deterrent for individuals that do not want to be seen.
The direction of the lighting and the length of time that the area is bathed in light can be adjusted by the homeowner in a matter of minutes. Many of these battery operated motion detector systems come with a lighting head that swivels to be positioned to the exact area where the light is needed. The motion detector timer can be set to go dark after 30 seconds all the way up to 120 seconds, depending on the preference of the homeowner and the area where the lighting is needed.
Many of these lighting systems are designed to only go off when an item above a certain size produces movement within the field of the motion detector. This prevents the motion detector from going off every time a small animal or bird creates movement near the home, but the motion detector will still be sensitive enough that a small child would trip the sensor and cause the light to turn on.
Different styles of battery operated motion detector systems are set to different sensitivities, so it is important to read the information about the features of the motion detection system prior to purchasing a system to ensure that it will be as sensitive as you wish it to be.
Installing A Battery Operated Motion Detector
The installation instructions for each battery operated motion detector will vary based on which manufacturer has created the system, but there are certain installation elements that are the same for nearly every system.
The motion detector will need to be mounted to the side of the home to focus on the area where the lighting will be needed to expose intruders approaching the home. For many homeowners, this means placing the motion detector near the doors and ground floor windows of the home.
The hardware that is needed to secure the motion detector to the side of the home will generally come with the system to ensure that the proper hardware is being used and the hardware can be installed using common household tools, such as a drill, a hammer, or a screwdriver. Any additional supplies that will be needed will be listed on the packaging of the motion detector system so that the homeowner can purchase any additional supplies needed before leaving the store.