So, you want to install security lights to your home? You can do it yourself. There is a familiar anecdote, “Home is where the heart is”. The heart of the home is the family, and you definitely want to keep them safe. Unfortunately, times are different than when we could keep doors unlocked or even open for an extended amount of time. So you need tried and true security measures blended with new technology. There are safe and economical methods for quick installation for any homeowner.
Motion-censored security lights are very popular to deter burglars and vandals from intrusion on your home. Statistics show that crime is reduced by fifty percent when homes have motion-censored lights installed. Upgrading your home’s security system adds value to your property. A big mistake homeowners make is over securing the area which lowers the appraisal value. One thing to consider is not to overdo it, but install systems that are compatible to the property. There are systems to turn lights on/off, close/open windows, and cameras for surveillance that operate remotely. If your home is not Fort Knox, you don’t need every bell and whistle to protect your family and property. Keep it within the budget and use the old standby methods of dead bolt locks, etc.
Step 1. Check with any home improvement retail store or search the internet for a DIY video on installing security lights. The directions are usually easy to follow and complimentary if you purchase materials from that store. DIY Networks also televise sessions on installation of security lights. Check your local library to see if they keep current videos, you can check out for free and keep it for an extended time.
Step 2. Decide where the best place to install your new security lights if you don’t already have existing security lights. In either case, the power in the circuit breaker box must be turned off. Choosing the right location to maximize coverage is beneficial. Don’t install in areas that will interfere with the function of a high concentration of heat or reflective surfaces. Air conditioners, large pools of water, heat vents, or swaying trees and shrubbery can interfere with the operation of the motion sensor. If you have chosen a new location for the security light, you must be sure to check the electrical line from the new fixture to the breaker box. This can be done before turning off the power simply by testing different breakers before disconnecting the power. The optimum position will be a place on a wall where there is already an existing connection to a switch.
Step 3. First, parts to the motion sensor cannot be serviceable. So if you are unsure of what to do, please consult an electrician to avoid possible shock. If you are installing in an existing location, unscrew, and remove the light fixture. It is best that you remove the bulbs so they will not break while removing the fixture. Using a circuit tester, check the wires to make sure you have disconnected the source of power to the location.
Step 4. Make sure to assemble the unit on a clean area free from clutter. There should be two mounting screws to mount the bracket. The wires should be fed through a thread hole in the base of the unit, then screw the base on the fixture and feed the wires through the rubber gasket, which prevents moisture from seeping into the fixture.
Step 5. Now, connect the wires from the fixture to the house line wires making sure to connect both white wires together and then both black wires. The fixture’s wires should be threaded through a foam gasket. Secure all the wires with wire nuts or connectors. Make certain that the fixture is connected to a standard 120V, 60 HZ wiring. Once the ground wire has been connected to the outlet box and you are sure all connections have been made, place all wires back in the box, and attach the fixture in place. It is suggested that you use a silicone material to caulk the head of the fixture to protect it from rain. Point the lamps in the direction you wish to cover, place the correct wattage bulbs in the fixture. Now you’re ready to position the sensor and re-connect the power.
Step 6. The manufacturer has provided instructions for adjusting the motion path sensitivity. Turn on the power. A LED bulb will indicate that the fixture has been installed correctly. You can adjust the timing pattern for the motion sensor to turn on the lights. You can also test the system by placing tape over the light sensor, walking back and forth far away from the sensor gradually moving closer until the light comes on. Adjust if necessary.
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Written By: Bob Jenkins
Budget My Build
P.O. Box 72987
Phoenix, AZ 85050
Office: (602) 579-9660
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