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Outdoor security lighting buyers guide

Posted by RJA Electrical Services on March 22, 2016 at 9:55 AM


Outdoor security lighting plays an important role in our lives in the UK, as for much of the year we have long hours of darkness and lighting is needed for our safety and assurance. There are many types of outdoor lights available which provide security, as well as enhancing your outside space.


There are many benefits to be had from outside lights. From a security viewpoint they enhance our feelings of safety; making us more aware on what’s going on around the house, lighting up the porch when we answer the door and illuminating areas that are in full view of the street and our neighbours.


Find out more about different types of outdoor security lights.

What is PIR?

A passive infrared sensor (PIR sensor) is an electronic sensor that measures infrared (IR) light coming from objects (such as a person) in its field of view. They are mostly used in PIR-based motion detectors.


Lights with a movement sensor or PIR are useful in many ways. When night falls and you remember there are clothes to bring in from the washing line, or you need to close a gate, etc. sensor lighting is activated when you make any movement close to the light. It will switch on automatically, which is invaluable if your hands are full or it’s too dark to see where you’re walking.


Motion activated lights


Motion-Activated Outdoor Security Lights

Unlike other security lights that are switched and left on all night, therefore consuming a lot of energy, security lights with motion detection only activate when you make any movement close to the light. Each light has a detection range and angle; if an object is detected by the PIR the light will turn on. Motion activated security lights are ideally placed at entry areas and in gardens, so that movement will illuminate your path and any hazards can be readily seen.

Many of our sensor lights offer the option of setting how long the light stays on once activated, as well as the ability to choose the level of darkness the sensor starts detecting motion.


Shop Motion-activated security lights


LED Flood Lights

If you're looking for an energy saving option then LED floodlights will be for you. There are mains and solar lights available which are A++ rated.



Halogen flood lights

Halogen flood lights are the most common type of outdoor lighting; brightly illuminating the outside of houses, commercial buildings and in car parks. Halogen bulbs emit a strong white light (as close as you can get to sunlight).



Solar flood lights

Solar flood lights are the most eco and environmentally friendly lighting; operating much the same way as any other outdoor security light, a solar light requires sunlight to charge the batteries in the day and then when it is dark the light turns on. A solar light will not contribute to your energy bills and does not require any mains wiring.


Shop Solar flood lights


Battery lights

If you have an outdoor area that does not get much light then we also have battery operated lights which may be more suitable as a year round solution.

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