So, you have finally decided to try on solar motion lights! We congratulate you on your decision because, as it turns out, they are an ideal way to illuminate your front or back yard and to have a great security tool that will alarm you when someone approaches your property, all at once. Now, if you would like to do the work on your own and set up the lights without the help of professionals, we present you with short but detailed instructions on how to install motion sensor lights that work solely on the power of the sun.
Step 1 – Prepare necessary tools
Before you start, you should prepare everything you will need for this endeavour. You will probably have to use a 4-in-1 screwdriver, maybe a drill, and leather, if you wish to mount the light on a wall of the house, above the driveway or pathway.
Step 2 – Choose the spot
You need to decide where you want to place your solar motion light. The experts suggest mounting it six to ten feet above the ground, in a zone that’s mostly used by visitors so that the sensor can catch the movements – the driveway, front door path, and back yard main path. That way, the light will always turn on when you are coming home at night or when you are stepping into your yard, but also, they will warn you if someone else does the same. You can also use these lights to illuminate the darkest places of your property, your patio, pool area, fence gates, etc.
Step 3 – Mount the light
Solar-powered motion security lights can come in two ways – with a solar panel as a separate part, and with a solar panel integrated on top of the light. If we are talking about the first option, then you need to mount both parts, usually closely one to another, because they are connected with a wire. Another option is much easier since you will just have one task – to mount the light in a proper place. In both cases, you need to make sure solar panels will have good exposure to the sun during the whole day, so it can charge the battery as soon as possible, and make sure your lights are ready for the night time. When it comes to specifics of the mounting process, each manufacturer will provide you with a manual that will explain all you need to do.
Step 4 – Aim the sensor and the light
During the mounting process, don’t forget about the motion sensor that comes with a light. You need to aim it correctly, so it remains pointed to the pathway, driveway, or any other area you want to be covered with its range. Both lights and sensors can have an adjustable head, so you can adapt their angle to your needs. So adjust the light as well, you probably want it to illuminate certain sports.
Step 5 – Set the controls
And finally, if you have a bit more advanced motion sensor lights, this is the part where you should adjust all the settings you can. That includes the detector’s distance range, the time period your lights will be on when motion is detected, and the brightness of the lights. Some of them come with several modes and possibilities, like when they turn into dim lights if the person stays on the illuminated spot for more than 30 seconds. And that’s it. You can now enjoy your brand new motion lighting!