Motion detector security lights are a great way to keep your property safe, but sometimes they can be a bit too sensitive. For example, you might find that your lights stay on all the time, even when there is no motion detected. 

This can be a problem, as it makes them less effective in the fall and winter months when people are less likely to be out and about. In this blog post, we will look at why these lights might stay on all the time and how you can stop it from happening! 

Why do security lights stay on? 

Many people forget that their motion detector security lights need regular maintenance, just like any other part of their home. Over time, the sensitivity settings can become inaccurate, or the light may become stuck in the “on” position. 

Fortunately, there are a few easy things you can do to fix these problems. First, check the sensitivity setting. If it’s too high, your light may be coming on for small triggers, such as a leaf blowing in the wind. 

Second, check the duration setting. In most cases, your light should only stay on for 20-30 seconds after being triggered. 

Finally, make sure the light is not stuck in auto-on mode. Many lights have this setting, which causes them to stay on all the time. If you’ve accidentally triggered this mode, you can usually fix it by simply pressing a button or flipping a switch. 

Can you fix motion detector security lights yourself? 

A motion light that stays on all the time can be a nuisance. Not only does it waste electricity, but it can also disturb your sleep if it’s located near your bedroom window. But are there ways to try fixing it yourself before calling an expert? 

Test sensitivity 

One of the most important settings on your motion sensor light is sensitivity. This determines how sensitive the sensor is to movement, and thus how often the light will turn on. If the sensitivity is too high, the light will come on unnecessarily, wasting power and annoying your neighbours. On the other hand, if the sensitivity is too low, the light may not come on when you need it. 

The best way to adjust the sensitivity is to test it with different objects. Place or throw objects at various distances from the sensor to see which ones trigger the light. Once you have a good idea of the range of the sensor, you can adjust the sensitivity until you get it just right. 

Reset the motion detector 

Another option is to simply unplug the motion detector from the power source and leave it off for 10 seconds. When you plug it back on, this will reset the lights and turn off any auto-on function. 

What if this doesn’t work? 

During the autumn and winter, security lights are really important and lights that are on all the time or not sensitive enough aren’t doing their job. 

If you have tried a couple of simple reset options and the lights still don’t work, get in touch with us and we can come out to see what the problem is.