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Hey guys, and welcome to today’s edition of your Edmonton electrician. This is where we bring customer service back to the trees. So here [inaudible] this edition of your Edmonton electrician. We’re going to talk about motion sensor lights. We’re going to talk about a whole different, a whole different strategy, different things about motion sensor lights from the sensitivity to their aspect on crime to brightness levels.

Why do you get false detections on your motion sensor lights? Do you have a new electrical meter that might have, uh, something to do with it? So we’ll get into that more to um, other neighbor’s windows. What to remember when dealing with motion sensor lights, that type of ball that you’re going to use with your motion sensor lights, how to take care of them, what photo cells really do with them, uh, how they can save energy. All sorts of different stuff.

There’s different types of motion sensing lights too. There’s the microwave motion sensing that there’s a weight motion sensor lights. There is non-contact motion sensors. You can get real into it. Ultrasonic vibration sensors, area reflective, uh, motion sensing lights. There’s so many applications that you can use, coming from security cameras to children to pets.
There’s different kinds of motion sensors, switches, different site types of, whether you want ceiling mount, whether you want wall Mount, if you’re doing a commercial application. Maybe you’re building a commercial rental unit. In that case, your commercial electrical contractor is going to be installing, most likely a ceiling mounted motion sensor switches, especially for your bathrooms. That way someone opens the door, light turns on the lights, not always on. It turns off after that way it can save you money. So that’s where it all comes down to.

And that’s why you’re watching this is because you want to know. I don’t want to waste my money on something silly for motion sensors. How do I get the right one? Well, you’ve come to the right place. So at Hauer power electrical, we believe in customer service. And doing these videos is just one more way that we like to get out and reach our customers and show them what we can do for them.

Because that’s our mission is to provide power through exceptional customer service. So let’s dive right in. Motion. Sensors are typically going to have a two, maybe three different settings on them always. They’re almost always going to have a sensitivity setting. This is what you get when you get a passive infrared, a sensor, passive infrared detector. They, they’re called PI RS, or there’s also active, but that’s a little different.

We’re not going to get into that anyways. You’re going to have that sensitivity level. You’re going to want to either turn that all the way up or all the way down depending on where you are, what you’re doing and what your goal is to have. If you have, maybe it’s a motion sensor and a backdoor and you just want it to come on whenever you let your dogs out or something like that, you might want to turn it down to low, even if that’s at the front door.

And maybe there was a, a busy street with lots of cars that drive by. Again, you’re gonna want to turn that sensitivity on your motion sensor light to low. Uh, if it’s a commercial application, then it’s gonna depend a little bit again, what you’re looking for. If you have some stairwell lighting and that’s what you’re going to have an emotion sensor for, then you might want it on high sensitivity.

That way, whenever someone comes close to the stairway, whether they’re 10 feet away at the bottom, it’s a see-through stairway. Whatever you have, that way it turns on and you can get up the stairs safely. Another aspect is crime. If you have your motion sensor for crime, and again, sensitivity, you’re gonna want the highest sensitivity you can.

So it’s just going to turn on right away. If you’re going to have, if for crying, you’re not going to want it really dim. You’re going to want to go as bright as you possibly can. Uh, the brightness matters when it comes to a motion sensor enlightening, especially when a, his purpose is for crime. So turn off that brightness, turn up that sensitivity. Uh, and if you have a timer, maybe leave that time around for a little bit longer. Um, there’s two sides to every story.

Some people say that, uh, when you’re having a motion sensor light for crime that you shouldn’t want to have it on a timer, you should want it to flash more frequently. Um, there’s an argument for either story there. The end of the day, more light typically is associated with less crime. So maybe you want it all on just all the time. There’s no dark corners for someone to come and, and do whatever criminal activity they want to do.

Motion sensors have their place in all commercial electrical installations as well as every residential home here in Edmonton. Uh, Edmonton, Alberta, vast majority of our residential applications for motion sensor lights are calls saying we need a new motion sensor light because ours just keeps turning on and turning off and it’s broken. And now that might be true. And maybe your, your eye, our detector, maybe your emotion sensing Inver red radiation detector.

Maybe it’s broken, maybe it’s dirty, maybe it hasn’t been cleaned. You should be cleaning them. Who really does, that’s up to you guys. But, uh, they say men, most manufacturers say to clean them every couple of months with some sort of non abrasive cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Now if you’re going to get out to do that and you’re going to test all your GSC eyes every month as you should, there’s a whole lot of different check sheets.

Talk to us about our residential maintenance packages as well as our commercial maintenance packages. But, uh, we’re getting away from our point. When you have false detections on your motion sensor, a lot of the time it’s actually from your electrical meter. So EPCOR, Fortis, whatever utility provider you have, they’ve put in a lot of these meters and it’s no fault of theirs, but a lot of these meters send out a wireless signal.

This way they don’t have to come into your home, into your area to pick up your meter reading. This wireless signal gets sent out and now we don’t know if they drive around. Personally, I could care less how they get it, but these wireless signals can send off false detections. So if you do find you’re having a motion sensor light turning on and off very frequently, give EPCOR a call, tell them what the situation is and ask them if they can turn their signal strength down and you’ll be surprised.

They’ll turn the signal strength down. You give them a couple of weeks and you’ll notice that, Hey, I can go to sleep now without having to turn off that switch. Maybe you’re in your neighbors are concerned too. Maybe they say, Hey, that’s too bright. Turn it off. Well now you’ve just completely defeated the whole effect of having a motion sensor light.

You can always turn your balls or return your fixture away from your neighbor’s windows so that it’s not affecting your neighbors so much as your Edmonton electrician. We, we always take into account factors such as that. Because if you try to refer your neighbor to the West for more work and if we’ve been shining the light in their windows the whole time, well the chances are pretty good.

They’re not really gonna want that attention to detail on their project. But again, I digress. You’re going to get into different types of bulbs. When you look at these motion sensor lights, the new age ones, they’re typically all going to be done with LEDs, but you still can get them with incandescent bulbs, with halogen bulbs, with even fluorescent bulbs. You can get the whole line of bulbs for your different types of motion sensing light fixtures.

However, we always go with led is the brightest. It’s a 10th of the power. It gives out, uh, a, what is it, 110% more light, super bright way less power consumption. And not only that, the big thing with led is that it’s not going to have as much heat as an incandescent bulb or a halogen bulb or even a fluorescent bulb. Led bulbs give off less heat than the florescence halogens and incandescent bulbs, which is a big selling factor when you have exterior lighting because a lot of the lighting’s going to be subject to the elements.

It’s just the same as in your bathroom. If you throw water on an incandescent bulb, when it’s hot and it’s running of all it’s going to shatter, the lifespan is drastically reduced when there’s that much more temperature heat lost on a bulb, especially when it’s outside and it’s subject to humidity and moisture and rain and snow and all the other beautiful elements that mother nature has to offer.

So when you’re picking a motion sensing light, maybe pick led. Another advantage of the led motion sensing lights is LEDs are light emitting diodes and they’re concealed within a plastic shell. That plastic shell is typically pretty robust. You can throw rocks at it, typically just it, it’s much more robust than a glass incandescent bulb or a glass Howard involved or glass mercury containing fluorescent bulb.

So we always encourage those LEDs, uh, for motion sensing lights. Another thing to remember too, with your motion sensing light, whether it’s emotion sensing light switch on your wall or a motion sensing ceiling mounted fixture or emotion sensing light fixture, uh, on the exterior of the property, these, these motion sensors, the PIR Osos passive infrared radiation was detectors. They need to be cleaned periodically. So maybe every month, maybe every couple months, depending where you are, how dirty ape, how dusty, maybe you have a wind tunnel.

It doesn’t matter how clean it have a look at it. And another thing to clean on those fixtures, uh, most often they’ll have a built in photo cell. And what a photo cell does, is it similar to any other light switch in the sense that it will break a circuit or connect a circuit. Photo cells operate different than the other forms of light switches because a, the light switch on your wall, you turn it on, light comes on, makes the contact upon turning on the switch.

The motion sensing switch, same thing. Once it sees the motion, it makes the contact, closes the circuit and energizes the light. For a photo cell it’s a little different. It’s little inbred. When it sees light, uh, then it’s actually going to open the circuit, uh, because of its daylight out or, you know, sense having a light on.

And most motion sensing, light switches, fixtures, et cetera. If they’re rated for exterior use, they’re going to have a photo cell built right in. If they don’t have it built in, you may need to add it on. Make sure there’s a provision for that. So biggest advantage of emotion sensing light is it saves energy. The second biggest advantage is it’s not ugly.

So during the day you don’t want to have a light on cause it’s just going to look silly, but you can have it, um, why not? But it’s gonna save you a whole lot more energy if eight hours of the day, um, depending on where you are and what time of the year it is, maybe 12 hours of the day, if that’s not on during the day time, it’s gonna save you. It’s going to be half the power belt, no matter what the power draw is on those units.

So again, we’re not going to get into the microwave motion sensing lights or the, uh, weight motion sensors, non-contact motion sensors, ultrasonic motion sensors is a whole bunch of different types. We’re not going to get into those today. Um, a good thing to remember with a lot of those is they’re just more expensive. For example, microwave motion sensors, they’re expensive. And they can have electrical interference. However, they might have fewer false activation’s, false detection’s.
And that’s really what we wanted to, you know it to people today. So when you have a new meter from EPCOR or forests, it’s of no fault of theirs. They, they install the units, they work great and they can have their wireless signals. But those wireless signals, uh, can affect your motion sensing fixtures. And all you have to do is call us at (780) 935-0622. We’re called EPCOR directly and have them turn down the signal strength of their wireless fixture.

That way you won’t have these false detections. You won’t have to worry so much as your Edmonton electrician. We want to hear about all sorts of different tips, tricks and little factoids like desk is the more stuff we know about that stuff. We love to put it out to you guys in the form of these videos.

So if you want to hear about anything else, questions, comments, concerns, or any topic that you have some questions on or you just want to know more info on something and you can’t seem to find the research, let us research it for you. We know what to look for. Get at us at (780) 935-0622 and if email works better for you, then email us at info@hauerpower.ca. You can also find that on our webpage at hauerpower.ca and just go right to contact us, get a quote, whatever you want. It’s all going to go to that one email address. And then we sit through that fun stuff later. Have a great day Edmonton, and we look forward to giving you power. Take care guys.

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