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motion sensor lights vs. always on at night lights - which is better

Original post made by Richard Clark, Duveneck/St. Francis, on Mar 28, 2011

Power consumption issues aside, I'm wondering which type are more likely to deter crime at night, lights that click on when you approach them - or ones that turn at dusk and stay on till dawn.

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 28, 2011 at 7:58 am

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I opt for the motion sensor, because it both saves energy and alerts you. Of course, you get some false alarms from cats, but...

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 28, 2011 at 1:28 pm

You can do both actually. Install LED light bulbs for the lights by your door and then have motion sensor lights for areas like your side yard.

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Posted by grateful for motion sensors
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Mar 29, 2011 at 10:10 am

Richard - Our neighbor has lights in the back of their house that are on all night, every night and are aimed at our bedroom window. We would be thrilled if they were motion sensors instead, we'd get lots more sleep!

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Posted by Norm
a resident of Midtown
on Mar 29, 2011 at 5:15 pm

Motion sensor are better because you can set them up to alert you if you desire.
Cautions re: set-up:
Beware of how lights are aimed - see above comment
Beware of how sensor is aimed/mounted - can cut some false
alarms and annoyances, like going on if your neighbor has a
dog in their yard or a car/pedestrian passing (front or side

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Posted by Crescent Park Dad
a resident of Crescent Park
on Mar 30, 2011 at 12:28 pm

@ grateful: Did you know it is against city code to have exterior lighting that is aimed at your neighbor's windows/house?

Have you asked your neighbor to re-align the lights?

If they are uncooperative, you can contact the city and they will send a code enforcement officer to their house. Then they'll have 60 days to correct or get fined on a daily basis.

Hopefully you are on friendly terms and can solve quickly and happily.

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Posted by Paly Parent
a resident of Evergreen Park
on Apr 5, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Crescent Park Dad: Could you provide a link to the relevant city code? Thanks

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Posted by Walter_E_Wallis
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 7, 2011 at 3:20 am

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i would hope that a friendly request to a neighbor would get the necessary adjustment of lights. If you have to get the ccity involved you had better move.

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