A Quick Guide on How to Reset Motion Detector Lights

BY KRISTA BRUTON

August 24,2020

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For some people, one of the biggest and most important draws of a  security system are its the motion detector lights. These are designed to turn on and light up when detecting that someone or something is moving around in the area. But it’s important that they’re adjusted the right way. If they aren’t sensitive enough, they may not come on when needed — and if they’re too sensitive, they could come on too frequently. For example, a homeowner doesn’t really want to have their motion detector light come on every time a rabbit hops through their yard or a bird flies by their window. 

But they definitely want it to come on when someone walks up on the porch — or if there’s a bear trying to get into their trash cans — and that means giving the detector enough sensitivity to catch those things. As with most technology,  motion detector lights may need to be reset, occasionally, too. There can be a number of reasons for a motion detecting light to stay on, not turn on at all, or trigger needlessly, and when or if it does the goal is to get it working quickly again so it can continue to  help the homeowner be protected. Fortunately, it’s generally not hard to reset motion sensor lights. 

Motion Detector Light Bulb: Why Won’t The Light Turn Off? 

The opposite problem of your motion detector lights not turning on is when they won’t turn off. This never-ending glow can happen for many reasons. However, you’ll want to quickly troubleshoot and fix whatever the reason may be so your light bulbs don’t burn out.  

Don’t Let Your Lights Be So Sensitive 

Typically, motion detector light bulbs have their own unique sensitivity that you can adjust depending on their range setting. If your motion detector light bulb’s sensitivity setting is too high, then even the smallest movement will turn the light on. This means movement like a butterfly flying away or a leaf falling to the ground can create light. Lower the sensitivity to track the bigger, and often more important, movements. Another tip is to avoid placing your motion detector too close to a busy street as this may cause it to trigger unnecessarily.  

Speak to a security expert to better understand and adjust your light to the appropriate settings for your needs.  

Check Your Settings 

Similar to sensitivity settings, you can control how long your motion detector light bulb glows. Some motion detectors let their light glow for up to 30 minutes. This will surely give you the impression that your lights never turn off. You can stop your motion detector’s light bulb from glowing too long by adjusting the duration settings. Many sources suggest leaving your duration setting at one to two minutes. 

If after  trouble shooting  you find that your motion detector light bulb is still not turning off, consult a security expert.  

Additional Reasons to Reset Motion Detector Lights 

After a power surge or other event that affects the electrical in a home, a motion detector light may need to be reset. This can be very important, since a homeowner who doesn’t reset their lights may be unprotected. But it’s not difficult to reset a light. You should check your detector’s light periodically to ensure it is working correctly. 

Why Would a Motion Detector Light Need Reset? 

With any security system, there can be occasional glitches. These can include: 

  • faulty sensors 

  • bad bulbs 

  • electrical surges 

  • power outages  

Troubleshooting Doesn’t Have to be Difficult 

The best way to reset a motion sensor light is to turn it off and back on again for a period of 30 seconds or longer. A homeowner can also turn the power to it off at the breaker, in order to ensure it has time to reset itself. If that doesn’t work, the sensor itself or the bulb may be to blame. Replacing the bulb is easy — and replacing a sensor isn’t something that’s normally done. Covering the sensor to test the light is an option, but if the homeowner doesn’t have success with that, they may choose to replace the light. 

Interested in monitored home security? Get a  free quote from Brinks Home Security. 

Krista Bruton is a DFW-based writer who covers smart home security and consumer protection.

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A Quick Guide on How to Reset Motion Detector Lights

BY KRISTA BRUTON

August 24,2020

For some people, one of the biggest and most important draws of a  security system are its the motion detector lights. These are designed to turn on and light up when detecting that someone or something is moving around in the area. But it’s important that they’re adjusted the right way. If they aren’t sensitive enough, they may not come on when needed — and if they’re too sensitive, they could come on too frequently. For example, a homeowner doesn’t really want to have their motion detector light come on every time a rabbit hops through their yard or a bird flies by their window. 

But they definitely want it to come on when someone walks up on the porch — or if there’s a bear trying to get into their trash cans — and that means giving the detector enough sensitivity to catch those things. As with most technology,  motion detector lights may need to be reset, occasionally, too. There can be a number of reasons for a motion detecting light to stay on, not turn on at all, or trigger needlessly, and when or if it does the goal is to get it working quickly again so it can continue to  help the homeowner be protected. Fortunately, it’s generally not hard to reset motion sensor lights. 

Motion Detector Light Bulb: Why Won’t The Light Turn Off? 

The opposite problem of your motion detector lights not turning on is when they won’t turn off. This never-ending glow can happen for many reasons. However, you’ll want to quickly troubleshoot and fix whatever the reason may be so your light bulbs don’t burn out.  

Don’t Let Your Lights Be So Sensitive 

Typically, motion detector light bulbs have their own unique sensitivity that you can adjust depending on their range setting. If your motion detector light bulb’s sensitivity setting is too high, then even the smallest movement will turn the light on. This means movement like a butterfly flying away or a leaf falling to the ground can create light. Lower the sensitivity to track the bigger, and often more important, movements. Another tip is to avoid placing your motion detector too close to a busy street as this may cause it to trigger unnecessarily.  

Speak to a security expert to better understand and adjust your light to the appropriate settings for your needs.  

Check Your Settings 

Similar to sensitivity settings, you can control how long your motion detector light bulb glows. Some motion detectors let their light glow for up to 30 minutes. This will surely give you the impression that your lights never turn off. You can stop your motion detector’s light bulb from glowing too long by adjusting the duration settings. Many sources suggest leaving your duration setting at one to two minutes. 

If after  trouble shooting  you find that your motion detector light bulb is still not turning off, consult a security expert.  

Additional Reasons to Reset Motion Detector Lights 

After a power surge or other event that affects the electrical in a home, a motion detector light may need to be reset. This can be very important, since a homeowner who doesn’t reset their lights may be unprotected. But it’s not difficult to reset a light. You should check your detector’s light periodically to ensure it is working correctly. 

Why Would a Motion Detector Light Need Reset? 

With any security system, there can be occasional glitches. These can include: 

  • faulty sensors 

  • bad bulbs 

  • electrical surges 

  • power outages  

Troubleshooting Doesn’t Have to be Difficult 

The best way to reset a motion sensor light is to turn it off and back on again for a period of 30 seconds or longer. A homeowner can also turn the power to it off at the breaker, in order to ensure it has time to reset itself. If that doesn’t work, the sensor itself or the bulb may be to blame. Replacing the bulb is easy — and replacing a sensor isn’t something that’s normally done. Covering the sensor to test the light is an option, but if the homeowner doesn’t have success with that, they may choose to replace the light. 

Interested in monitored home security? Get a  free quote from Brinks Home Security. 

Krista Bruton is a DFW-based writer who covers smart home security and consumer protection.

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