Adding a movement sensor to awning light (security) (1 Viewer)

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Ridgeway

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Just wondered if it would A) make sense and B) be possible to add a movement sensor to an awning light ? My thinking is that if you could use the lighting with a 3 position switch, off, on and sensor then in the later you could leave it on during the night and the light would come on if anyone walked under your awning ie a security deterrent (we put out bikes there each night) I added the long LED strips that really light up the awning area really well so i think if these came on it would deter someone from spending any time in that area...

What do you reckon ?
 
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You'll soon make friends with the people in the next van if that's coming on during the night

Yep if i stop some toe wrag from knicking stuff.

As the LEDs are under the awning the light spill isn't too bad although they are chuffing bright:D2

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Biggest problem with a security light is animals will set it off as well ok in your driveway or garden but on a campsite or aire is probably asking for trouble.

An external sensor rigged to an internal light might save a few problems with neighbours but every animal that goes past will probably set it off
 
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Biggest problem with a security light is animals will set it off as well ok in your driveway or garden but on a campsite or aire is probably asking for trouble.

An external sensor rigged to an internal light might save a few problems with neighbours but every animal that goes past will probably set it off

It's certainly a potential issue however i was hoping that with correct sensor positioning, correct sensitivity adjustment and then perhaps masking off some part of the sensor that this could be overcome ie really have the sensor focused on the risk area and not just any where outside, to be tested though.
 

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It's certainly a potential issue however i was hoping that with correct sensor positioning, correct sensitivity adjustment and then perhaps masking off some part of the sensor that this could be overcome ie really have the sensor focused on the risk area and not just any where outside, to be tested though.
Maybe changing light colour from white light to red using a cover to change colour output would work

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I had one fitted to my RV, just a single wall light and battery operated, so no wiring.. it was very useful when returning at night

Plenty of choice of 12v PIR motion detector sensors on eBay .. just an example

stray animals setting it off.. ?
they generally have sensitivity adjustment, besides, not many stray animals on sites and if wilding it won't matter if it goes off.
 
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It's certainly a potential issue however i was hoping that with correct sensor positioning, correct sensitivity adjustment and then perhaps masking off some part of the sensor that this could be overcome ie really have the sensor focused on the risk area and not just any where outside, to be tested though.
I had one of these on a caravan 20+ years ago with a 3 position switch inside the van. It caused no problem on site & switched on when anyone was within a couple of metres of it. The problem was forgetting to switch it off when travelling at night - it would flash pedestrians on the pavement as I passed them. If you Google sensor awning lights there are plenty of options.

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