Moths. not burglars, activate lights

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Moths. not burglars, activate lights

Post by praxis » Sun Apr 24, 2016 8:37 am

After a spate of break-ins nearby, mostly to cars in driveways looking for firearms/cash, we installed motion activated floodlights. They have range and duration settings and 2 bright halogen bulbs. We don't want the lights on all night, but as soon as a cat trips the sensor, moths show up and the light cycles on/off all night. I bolted out of bed at first, confident that I could discourage intruder with karate (I've never taken karate) but now, a week later, I'm just sleep-deprived. It never occured to me, but this must happen all the time. Suggestions?

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Post by quantAndHold » Sun Apr 24, 2016 8:41 am

We have several of those. They can be interesting to adjust, especially if you have several of them working together. If the cat is tripping the sensor, it's either set too sensitive, or the sensor is aimed too low. We also found there were differences in how well the sensors worked. If you can't get it adjusted, you might try a different brand.

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Post by chx » Sun Apr 24, 2016 8:44 am

I think you should leave it at the current setting. Cats are notorious burglars. :D

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Post by Higman » Sun Apr 24, 2016 9:09 am

I had a motion detector installed to control an existing outside light. The detector is about 10 feet from the light. This type of setup may solve your problem.

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Post by praxis » Tue Apr 26, 2016 6:16 am

Thanks for the great suggestions. I set the range (sensitivity) lower and it seems not to be set off by moths now. We'll see as the bug season gets in full swing. Moving the sensor apart from the light is perfect, although I'll have to buy a new setup. Worth it.

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Post by desiderium » Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:32 am

You appear to have a rich local ecosystem. Enjoy!

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Post by praxis » Tue Apr 26, 2016 10:20 am

desiderium wrote:You appear to have a rich local ecosystem. Enjoy!


Well, that's a nice way to describe the Louisiana swamp. Being a Yankee immigrant for the past 35 years, I wouldn't trade this weather for anywhere, at least from Oct. to June. We have no shortage of critters down here. Thanks.

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Post by BuckyBadger » Tue Apr 26, 2016 10:26 am

We just keep the floods on all night. They're situated so as to not shine in anyone's bedroom windows (us or neighbors) so we have them turn on at dusk and turn off at dawn.

It makes us feel better, at least!

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Post by bru » Tue Apr 26, 2016 3:00 pm

At least you care enough to figure out a way to not have them going off and on all night. So many people are either too stupid or too inconsiderate to care. I moved to the suburbs to escape the city and enjoy some tranquility but instead my house is lit up like a christmas tree from all my neighbors' lights.

BuckyBadger wrote:We just keep the floods on all night. They're situated so as to not shine in anyone's bedroom windows (us or neighbors) so we have them turn on at dusk and turn off at dawn.

It makes us feel better, at least!

Glad I don't live near you. So what if they aren't shining in someone's bedroom? You are still unnecessarily adding to the light pollution issue.

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Post by praxis » Tue Apr 26, 2016 3:53 pm

I chose motion-activated lights because both of my neighbors have lights that light up the inside of our house all night and I think it's inconsiderate. I thought spooking a burglar occasionally wasn't as bad as shining my floodlights around the neighborhood all night long.

However, I don't feel strong enough about it yet to mention their light invasion. People certainly have worse conflicts with neighbors than safety lights spilling over next door. My experience is that good fences make good neighbors. We are friendlier with the couple on the north side and the south side neighbors are newer but I haven't asked either neighbor to aim the lights elsewhere.

We do not have drapes, and I would not like to hear that from them in response to a complaint from me.

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Post by cheese_breath » Tue Apr 26, 2016 4:01 pm

chx wrote:I think you should leave it at the current setting. Cats are notorious burglars. :D

Car burglars? I always thought cat burglars were burglars who stole cats. :confused
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Post by Nicolas » Tue Apr 26, 2016 6:08 pm

praxis wrote:I chose motion-activated lights because both of my neighbors have lights that light up the inside of our house all night and I think it's inconsiderate. I thought spooking a burglar occasionally wasn't as bad as shining my floodlights around the neighborhood all night long.

However, I don't feel strong enough about it yet to mention their light invasion. People certainly have worse conflicts with neighbors than safety lights spilling over next door. My experience is that good fences make good neighbors. We are friendlier with the couple on the north side and the south side neighbors are newer but I haven't asked either neighbor to aim the lights elsewhere.

We do not have drapes, and I would not like to hear that from them in response to a complaint from me.


This is good policy. It would take a lot for me to ever complain about anything to my neighbors. I made that mistake at a previous house I owned and had to live with the animosity for 12 years until we moved out -- never again.
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Post by mhalley » Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:22 pm

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Post by gwe67 » Tue Apr 26, 2016 7:59 pm

LED lights will cost a lot less to run. The life of halogen lights will be diminished by cycling on and off.
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Post by itstoomuch » Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:45 pm

You have some smart Moths.
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Post by Toons » Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:50 pm

I covered the LED lights inside the Rv with yellow cellophane to deter bugs,,works like a charm...whats to lose :happy
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Post by quantAndHold » Tue Apr 26, 2016 8:52 pm

praxis wrote:I chose motion-activated lights because both of my neighbors have lights that light up the inside of our house all night and I think it's inconsiderate. I thought spooking a burglar occasionally wasn't as bad as shining my floodlights around the neighborhood all night long.

However, I don't feel strong enough about it yet to mention their light invasion. People certainly have worse conflicts with neighbors than safety lights spilling over next door. My experience is that good fences make good neighbors. We are friendlier with the couple on the north side and the south side neighbors are newer but I haven't asked either neighbor to aim the lights elsewhere.

We do not have drapes, and I would not like to hear that from them in response to a complaint from me.


I do have to admit, one time when my neighbor was on vacation, I went over to her house and unscrewed one of her light bulbs. It was set wrong and it was turning on and off about every 20 seconds all night. That was about 10 years ago. She still hasn't noticed.

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Post by niven » Tue Apr 26, 2016 9:29 pm

Maybe it's Mothman! Beware!

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Post by 22twain » Wed Apr 27, 2016 9:21 am

This thread made me think of an old Far Side cartoon, at the top center of this page.

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