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Old 08-07-2011, 10:04 AM   #1
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Sensor motion solar floodlights

Hi folks,

I wanted to install some floodlights in some external points of my home, for instance to get them to switch on once you enter the driveway etc.
Basically, a sort of prevention against intruders.

Now, since I am particularly sensitive to energy consumption, I have seen around the solar floodlights and I wanted to ask this forum a general opinion on those, are they working good for the scope or should I avoid them?

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Old 08-07-2011, 06:06 PM   #2
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It also depends on how much light you want,
Most of the ones I have seen dont put out much light,
But if you think that any light is better then none,
Then try it.
It will be interesting to see how well it does or doesn't work.


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Old 08-09-2011, 09:58 AM   #3
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Sensor motion solar floodlights

ANY solar lights I've seen are really dim all the time, and not that reliable. If you get rainy days, they will not charge, and will not work then at night.
If its REALLY for intruders, then I would just use regular motion sensing floodlights, with a couple of LED floodlight bulbs for extra savings.

A typical motion sensor light will come on for about 1-5 min once it senses motion, then shut off. This isn't long at all. If you use (2) 60w bulbs, thats 120w for 5 min lets say. Not much at all per use.

If you use LED floodlight bulbs (2) 13w (60w equivalent) bulbs, 26 watts for 5 min. Much less then what is takes for watching tv for your 2 hour favorite movie.

If it were me, I would use regular motion sensor lighting. 120 watts of light will scare any intruder (if any) away instantly, because criminals HATE light.

If you live in a high crime the math.

$5 extra a month on the bill for security lighting (worth it to me even for the extra security feeling)
$1,000 or alot more for possibly items stolen/broken.
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