If you’re serious about the security of your home, you probably have
at least one motion sensor light installed. These lights are an important
part of keeping away unwanted intruders and trespassers, provided they’re
working right. However, many homeowners who have had one of these lights
for several years are well aware of just how incredibly unreliable they
can be. After even just a few short years, you could notice your motion
sensor light turning on and off inappropriately.
Are you sick of dealing with your obnoxious motion sensor light but don’t
want to give up the security it provides? Here are a few troubleshooting
tips that will hopefully help you identify the problem and get it working
While you may have initially set your light exactly how you’d like
when you first installed it, winds or even other small impacts could have
knocked the sensor out of alignment, causing it to trigger too soon or
at completely the wrong time. If your light is turning on inconsistently,
the first thing you should do is fix the alignment sensor and make sure
it’s pointed where you want it to be.
Lamp not turning on properly? You might have dead lightbulbs. This is a
fairly easy fix; simply grab a couple of new, energy efficient outdoor-rated
lightbulbs, hop up on a ladder, and swap them out. Then stick your sensor
into “test” mode, climb down, and wave your arms around in
front of your sensor. Provided your sensor isn’t the issue, your
light should turn right on, negating the issue.
If your lamp isn’t turning on properly, you may need to adjust the
sensitivity settings on your motion sensor. Stick the lamp into test mode
by climbing up on a ladder, then climb down and walk through the area
you want to have illuminated. If it lights up too easily, turn down the
sensitivity. If it fails to turn on, try turning it up. You may also want
to try climbing down and not standing in the sensor area to see if your
lights turn on. If they do, then you might want to consider turning the
sensitivity down, as your motion sensor could be picking up something
as small as a light breeze traveling through grass.
If none of these repairs have worked, you should contact a Marietta electrician
for help replacing the fixture with a new, state-of-the-art, energy efficient model.
Call Lightning Bug Electric today at (404) 471-3847 to request an estimate or
schedule your replacement service!