Whether you are looking for a way to keep your property well-lit or want to be alerted to movement in your home or office, motion sensors can provide an added level of safety and security to any space.
Motion sensors are activated by movement within a preset space. These ranges can include a few feet or up to 70 feet, like the EATON motion sensor we’ve included on our list. There are two types of motion sensors, including those that produce a light when movement is detected and those that set off a ringtone or chime. Both serve critical purposes and we’ve included both options on our list.
Motion detectors that use a light when activated are ideal for providing added security and safety to the outside of a home. They tend to have longer ranges, with the two light options on our list varying between 30 and 70 feet. Light up motion detectors provide safety for homeowners who want to be able to see their driveway, steps, and front porch when arriving home at night. They also provide a security feature. Motion sensors will turn on lights when an intruder is lurking around your home, with the light not only scaring off the unwanted guest but also alerting you that someone is near your home, giving you the opportunity to call the police if necessary.
Indoor motion sensors that use chimes can also alert home or business owners when an intruder has entered the home, but that’s not all they’re good for. If you have a small business, audio motion sensors can provide an alert when a person enters the building. Audio motion sensors are also a helpful aid in keeping elderly relatives and children safe. The loud chime can alert users that their loved one is up in the middle of the night when you otherwise aren’t watching them. The chimes can also tell users if a child is near a door they shouldn’t be accessing, or in a room that could be dangerous, like a home gym with heavy weights.
Motion sensors are one of the first steps in a home security system and a must-have for homeowners who want to keep their property and their loved ones safe.
1. Sengled LED Lights with Motion Sensor
No extra wiring required to install the Sengled LED Lights with Motion Sensor, which turns ordinary lights into motion sensor devices. The Sengled are activated when motion is detected within a 30-foot range, turning on bright LED lights that will stay active for 90 seconds. These motion detected light bulbs can help you with all of your lighting needs.
Pros: Waterproof and are offered in 2 packs and 4 packs.
Cons: The bulbs can only turn on when motion is detected, meaning you’ll still need traditional outdoor lights if you want to be able to keep a light on continuously.
Sengled LED Lights with Motion Sensor
2. Fosmon WaveLink Wireless Home Security
Choose from one of 52 chimes that will alert you when someone approaches your front door, a baby crawls into a room, and more with the Fosmon WaveLink Wireless Home Security. The Fosmon provides an audio alert with 52 ringtones to choose from and four-level volume control, perfect for front doors, home, offices or any area where you want to be alerted of people moving (think elderly relatives or young children wandering into rooms or near stairs that may be dangerous).
Pros: The Fosmon also has an LED light that will blink when someone enters the 16.5-foot zone, which enables the sensor to also be used by those with hearing impairments.
Fosmon WaveLink Wireless Home Security
3. EATON Lighting180 Degree Replacement Motion Security Floodlight Sensor
Project light as far as 70 feet with the EATON Lighting180 Degree Replacement Motion Security Floodlight Sensor, which provides a large coverage area. Unlike the Sengled, the EATON uses integral photocell which disables the light from turning on during the day and wasting power.
Pros: Users can set preselected time delays, which can leave the light on for 4 or 12 minutes.
Cons: The EATON is the most complicated unit to install, requiring you to insert the light in a knockout hole and connect to pre-existing wiring.