Motion sensor lighting is basically a motion detector that contains either an optical, microwave or acoustic sensor that in many cases triggers a lighting device. These devices are what are called active sensors there are also passive sensors that only sense the signal from a moving object.
The other thing that can vary depending on the sensor model you buy is at what distance is the motion detected by the sensor. Many of these type, especially those used outdoors have a light that is triggered when movement is detected.
So the questions you need to ask is my lighting going to be for outside, inside or both. And now for our 10 best motion sensor light reviews of 2017.
Table of Contents
- 10. First Alert PIR725 Motion Sensing Light Socket
- 9. Amir® USB Rechargeable Motion Sensor LED Night Light
- 8. LIGHT IT by Fulcrum 20031-101 6-LED Wireless Motion Sensor Weatherproof Porch Light
- 7. Swiftly Done Bright Solar Power Outdoor Motion Activated LED Light
- 6. Mr. Beams MB723 Battery-Powered Motion-Sensing LED Stick-Anywhere Nightlight
- 5. Heath/Zenith HZ-4133-OR Shaker Cove Mission-Style 150-Degree Motion-Sensing Decorative Security Light
- 4. Litom 20 LED Bright Solar Lights Outdoor Garden Motion Activated Solar Power Lights
- 3. 400 Lumens Outdoor Solar Lights Motion Sensor Security
- 2. Hallomall 16LED Version Solar Outdoor Lights
- 1. URPOWER 8 LED Outdoor Solar Powered Light
- My Favorite Motion Sensor Light
10. First Alert PIR725 Motion Sensing Light Socket
The First Alert hands-free light automatically turns on and off when entering or leaving a room. It also installs in existing light sockets and can sense movement in all directions in daylight or at night. It operates in all directions and has a radius of 12ft that it will detect movement.
It is also compatible with either incandescent or fluorescent light bulbs. This sensor is completely hands-free and automatically turns the light on when entering a room and off when exiting a room. To install the sensor simply install in an existing light socket (For Indoor use only) and then screw the bulb into the fixture.
The First Alert will sense any movement in all directions in a 360-degree radius. It also works with incandescent bulbs up to 100 watts and compact fluorescent bulbs up yo 50 watts. It is for indoor use only and has a range of up to 12 feet.
- Easy to install,
- Can be used with any type of bulb
- Detection range is only 12 feet
- The unit can only be used indoors.
9. Amir® USB Rechargeable Motion Sensor LED Night Light
The built-in USB rechargeable lithium batteries of this unit can literally free you from ever having to replace batteries for the unit. This unit is also compatible with a power bank, a PC USB port, and a phone charger.
The Unit comes with an intelligent sensor. This activates the unit only when it is dark and motion is detected. Detection range is 10 feet and after 25 seconds of inactivity it automatically turns off. The unit incorporates an extremely bright LED unit which not only puts out sufficient light but is also guaranteed to work extra long.
The fully charged unit is maintained for more than 90 days and has three modes of operation Auto, On, and Off. Installation is easy there are three methods, a stand use to stick on a surface using 3M double sided pad, or hang the unit on a hook. The unit has wide application indoors. Use it in the bedroom, hallway kitchen or balcony it is also stylish in appearance.
- Easy to install
- Batteries are rechargeable which saves you money
- Detection range of the sensor is only 10 feet
- Unit can only be used indoors.
8. LIGHT IT by Fulcrum 20031-101 6-LED Wireless Motion Sensor Weatherproof Porch Light
This motion sensor LED light is not only automatic but can be used indoors and outdoors
The Sensor is equipped with a 6 LED panel that generates a bright blue-white light that can be rotated as desired. The units photocell technology prevents daylight activation and at a 100-degree detection angle the range of motion detection is up to 25 feet.
The light is powered by 4 C batteries that have to be purchased separately. The unit is silver in color and 5-1/2 by 5-1/2 by 5-1/2 inches . The unit requires basic assembly to operate.
- Has a detection range of up to 25 feet can be used both indoors and outdoors.
- Daylight activation is prevented by the units photocell technology.
- Unit is powered by standard C cell batteries which have to be checked regularly for function
- Some assembly required before the unit can be operational.
7. Swiftly Done Bright Solar Power Outdoor Motion Activated LED Light
This solar powered motion detector is extremely easy to install. There are no screws or wires involved you just peel off the cover from the adhesive backing and place the detector on any surface you care to. They can also be used both indoors and outdoors.
There is no wiring and no batteries to mess with as the unit is completely solar powered. The unit is constructed of durable weather and heat resistant plastic construction. It has an auto on at night an auto off function at sunrise.
A bright light activates when it senses motion and the detector has a bright but inconspicuous color. It is 4-1/2 by 3.4 by1.6 inches in size.
- Extremely easy to install
- The unit is solar powered
- Can be used both indoors and out.
- Unit are it can only be installed with the adhesive tape that comes with the unit.
- Since the unit is solar powered it may not work very well in areas that experience cloudy days or many of rainy days.
6. Mr. Beams MB723 Battery-Powered Motion-Sensing LED Stick-Anywhere Nightlight
This detector is a 3 pack set of motion sensing LED night lights that are used for both indoor and outdoor use. The lights are extremely bright and are equipped with sensors that only activate when it is dark and motion is detected.
The sensor for the auto on setting will detect motion up to 15 feet away and the light automatically goes off after 30 seconds with no motion. The super bright LED bulbs will last up to 50,000 hours and they always stay off during daylight hours.
The detectors are simple to install, require no wiring but require 4 AA batteries to operate. Because there are a number of Mr. Beams counterfeits in the marketplace the warranty for the Mr. Beams motion sensors will only be honored if you purchase this product directly from either Amazon, Mr. Beams, Brookstone, Disk-O-Tape, or 1000Bulbs.
- Can be used both indoors and out
- Their led bulbs will last a minimum of 50,000 hours
- The detectors are simple to install.
- Product are they require 4 AA batteries to operate
- Warranty is only good if you purchase the product at certain stores. This is because of a large number of counterfeit units in the market.
5. Heath/Zenith HZ-4133-OR Shaker Cove Mission-Style 150-Degree Motion-Sensing Decorative Security Light
This motion sensor is made of oil rubbed bronze after a shaker cove mission lantern. It is activated by motion and can detect motion from up to 30 feet away. Its glass panels are made of beautiful seed glass.
One of the things this gives your home right away is added value as the detector is exquisitely manufactured out of oil rubbed bronze metal with seeded glass panels. It is motion activated night lighting which can detect movement as far away as 30 feet.
The detector is completely weather resistant and uses one 60 watt medium base incandescent bulb. The detector also comes with a two-year warranty. The dimensions of the piece are 4.4 inches by 6.6 inches by 11.1 inches.
- It is beautifully constructed out of bronze with seed glass light panels
- Can detect motion from up to 30 feet away
- Uses regular light bulbs
- Can only be used on the front door of a residence.
4. Litom 20 LED Bright Solar Lights Outdoor Garden Motion Activated Solar Power Lights
This outdoor motion sensor is composed of an updated solar panel that makes effective use of solar rays to generate electricity for this sensor.
It comes standard with three intelligent modes: A strong light mode, A dim light sensor mode, and a strong light sensor mode. It is composed of 20 big LED lights which are much brighter than other similar motion sensors.
It comes with a greater sensor ball head which allows the light when it is triggered to reach a distance of 26 feet. The solar lights are weatherproofed. They are tightly sealed in an inner loop which allows the solar light to be water tight and weather-proofed.
- Uses an updated solar panel system
- Has 20 large LED lights that can be seen 26 feet when activated.
- The cons of this sensor are that because it is solar powered it might not be the best choice if you live in an area of extensive cloud cover or rain
- It is an exclusive sensor for outdoor use.
3. 400 Lumens Outdoor Solar Lights Motion Sensor Security
This 32 LED 400 lumens motion Sensor is far brighter than most other solar sensor lights in the market.
It comes with a larger 2.2 W.5.5 V Solar panel giving it faster battery charging in environments with less sun.
It also comes with 2200 MAH Lithium batteries that support longer lighting times at night. To help with installation the unit comes with a waterproof tightly sealed loop and one screwdriver for installation of the seal.
- It has not only 32 LEDs, but that those LEDs give off over 400 lumens of bright light.
- The unit also comes with a waterproof seal loop to protect the unit from the weather.
- The cons of the unit are the lighting is battery powered which you have to keep track of and it is an outdoor unit only.
2. Hallomall 16LED Version Solar Outdoor Lights
The newest version of the outdoor solar motion sensor which is more convenient than similar lighting. It comes with larger solar panels making the lighting more powerful with a quicker charging speed and higher conversion rate.
It also comes with a larger battery capacity 2200 MAH rechargeable battery – 18650 lithium which gives longer using time than similar lighting that uses Ni-MH Battery. The unit has two intelligent modes, a strong light sensor mode, and a dim light mode steady on to confirm safety.
It also comes with an Auto on for dark environments and an auto off in the day and a dim light mode ; dim light when motion is detected and strong light when motion is triggered within three meters.
- Comes with large solar panels
- a larger battery capacity than other units
- Uses a rechargeable Ni-Mh Battery.
- The triggering mechanism is limited to 3 meters
- The solar panels may be insufficient if you live in an area with exceptionally cloudy weather conditions.
1. URPOWER 8 LED Outdoor Solar Powered Light
This pack of 4 motion sensors is perfect for outdoor use. The units easily install in seconds and no wiring is necessary. It comes with an automated switch that when activated activates the lights on bright mode when the unit senses motion. The lighting can last up to 12 hours on a full charge.
The LED sensors have a range of up to 10 feet with a 120-degree sensing angle. The IP64 is waterproof heatproof and suitable for most kind of weather conditions. The unit is also great for outdoor lighting and security usage and when motion is detected the unit will provide the maximum brightness to protect your property.
The lifespan of the unit is 5 years and the LED life span is rated at 50,000 hours. To fully charge the unit the suggested charge time is 6-8 hours.
- It is extremely easy to install
- Requires no wiring and that the lighting when triggered
- Can last up to 8 hours.
- Since the unit is solar powered it might not be the best to use in climates where cloudy conditions or rain are common.
My Favorite Motion Sensor Light
As you can see from all of the motion sensor lights reviewed from above, they all have their own pros and cons and it’s up to you to make the decision of what is most important for your current situation.
For my decision, I wanted to chose a light that was both easy to install and that could last for up to 8 hours. The only light that met this criteria was the URPOWER 8 Outdoor Solar Power Light and I would recommend that anyone buys it if they are looking for a durable and quality motion sensor light.
Best of luck to you in buying your light!