Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Light Sensors

After our neighborhood experienced several car break-ins and vandalism last summer I started turning on all our exterior lights at night. (Along with the front pole light that automatically comes on at night via a sensor.) The problem has been remembering to turn them off in the mornings. (And sometimes turning them on at night for that matter.) With us leaving to go on vacation for a week earlier in the summer it became even more important to find a solution to turn them on and off automatically.

After I little searching I came across these screw in sensors and bought three of them about $10 each at Lowe's. I also had to get one shorter light bulb owing to the size of the fixtures outside the front door and garage. I set them for dusk to dawn mode and after using them for a few weeks I can say they work well. The light sensors don’t seem to be very sensitive, less so than our front pole light especially when it comes to shutting off in the morning but that’s more of a minor quibble than a real complaint.


  1. Those light sensors are a great alternative to installing a timer. We put our front porch light on a timer, but we've been meaning to get some light sensor bulbs for our garage light. To be honest, a year in and we're still trying to figure out what switch goes to what.

    1. We've got a light over our kitchen sink we never use because we can't remember which switch controls it and which does the garbage disposal and don't want to accidentally turn the latter on.
      And yea, now that it's getting dark so early now these sensors are great when we get home later than usual and the sun has gone down. I wish I had found them a long time ago.