What Type Of Motion Detector Night Lights Are Right For You?
This is not exactly a major purchase, but it is something that can positively impact your life as you pursue an independent life. Having a proper night light could be lifesaving for a senior by preventing falls and injury when alone at night.
Take some time to walk around your home with a caregiver or loved one while you determine what you may need on the exterior of your home. We recommend investing in lights that can be permanently mounted with screws to avoid an instance when adhesive becomes weak or compromised. Then do the same thing inside your home. Take stock of each area that you need lighting and make sure that you select lights that adequate range, brightness, and can be installed where they are needed.
Indoors or Outdoors
This is the major question you have to ask yourself. Where are you putting your lights? If you want a motion sensor light for indoors, you do not need to worry about getting something weatherproof, and you do not need anything overly bright either. For an indoor hallway, 10-20 lumens would do the trick for you. If you need a hallway light, you also want to go for something small and easy to install. A battery powered light that sticks to the wall should do the trick.
If you are getting something for the outside of your home, you want to shoot for 30 lumens or more. Also, make sure that the exterior light is adjustable, so you can point it in the direction you need it.
Battery Powered or Hardwired
This is a debate for a lot of things, and it depends on your skill level and what will provide a safe, lasting solution.. You also want to think about how permanent the light is. If you believe that the light is perfect in its location and you will never want to remove it, then go ahead and hardwire it.
There are a lot of benefits to using battery powered lights with an adhesive backing in that there are no limitations as far as where they can be used, they last a long time with little maintenance, and they are easy for seniors of all skills and ability levels to install. They don’t require any hardware and you can move the light if you decide the location is not right or you want to have a nightlight somewhere else.
Once you hardwire the light there, you are stuck with it.
Motion Detecting Distance
Depending on your location you may want to get a light with a long detection range. This is useful for the outdoors or large open rooms like basements. If you plan on putting these lights in a hallway or bathroom, you do not need to worry about having much range.
The typical range of lights like these is 10-15 feet , which is appropriate for most indoor situations. Just pay attention to this factor andmake sure you are getting the right light for you.