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Discussion in 'Security Alarms' started by Eric Reis, Dec 12, 2004.

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  1. Eric Reis

    Eric Reis Guest

    Hi All,

    I'm looking for an quality outdoor motion detector that is really sensitive.
    There are no issues with pets or blowing leaves/debris. The ability to
    switch 500 watts or more would be nice.

    The area needing coverage is a 180 degree area out to a distance of 50 feet.
    It would be nice to use a single detector but I could rewire for two if
    they each covered 90 degrees.

    Recommendations really appreciated.
     
  2. Eric Reis

    Eric Reis Guest


    My immediate need to replace a "motion activated security light" I bought at
    a home improvement warehouse. I simply want to turn on some quartz
    security lights and then have a suitable delay before turn off.
     
  3. Eric Reis

    Eric Reis Guest


    Funny you mention that. The original detector performance was poor so I
    replaced the detector with a Lowes PIR. Performance is still poor. Most
    of the time my car will trigger it at 20 feet (max sensitivity) but it's by
    no means a sure thing. Even though this detector is outdoors, it is never
    exposed to direct sunlight.

    It seems a pattern lately - new water valves that leak, new mini-blinds
    missing parts, new paint cans with failing riveted hinges, new PIR's that
    would have a tough time detecting a nuclear explosion from 5 feet.

    I'm tired of junk. I just want something that works.....consistantly.
     
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    | Crash Gordon® wrote:
    |
    | > Best bet is to buy a replacement for that purpose. I'm pretty sure Home
    | > Depot sells just the pir part for the 120vac motion lights.
    | >
    | >
    |
    |
    | Funny you mention that. The original detector performance was poor so I
    | replaced the detector with a Lowes PIR. Performance is still poor. Most
    | of the time my car will trigger it at 20 feet (max sensitivity) but it's
    by
    | no means a sure thing. Even though this detector is outdoors, it is never
    | exposed to direct sunlight.
    |
    | It seems a pattern lately - new water valves that leak, new mini-blinds
    | missing parts, new paint cans with failing riveted hinges, new PIR's that
    | would have a tough time detecting a nuclear explosion from 5 feet.
    |
    | I'm tired of junk. I just want something that works.....consistantly.
    |
    |
    |
    |
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    | "I wear no Burka." - Mother Nature
    |
    | Most excellent sig shamelessly stolen from "Moderate Mammal"
    |
     
  5. jackcsg

    jackcsg Guest

    Eric, believe me I feel your pain. Unfortunately your choices are limited,
    but not difficult. I would recommend, for you, going to a Grainger, or a
    commercial lighting supplier and looking around for something that may
    better suite your needs. The only other option is getting involved in
    input/output control for your lights through a control panel. Problem is,
    few control panels on the market can deal with high voltage relays,
    especially on a do it yourself level. I've installed countless of outdoor
    motion detectors, and tied them into the control panel we use for just the
    application your looking for. Problem is, you'll seldom find an alarm
    company capable, or an electrician able to marry the two together.

    Jack
     
  6. petem

    petem Guest

    People dont want to pay the real price of things so they buy at wall-mart
    and such place,
    then they wonder why the quality of everything is going down the drain..
     
  7. mikey

    mikey Guest

    Have you looked at x10 ?

    bwahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhaha
    sorry Eric, just having a little fun at your expense

    I have one of these
    http://www.x10pro.com/pro/catalog/phs01.page7.html
    and find the photcell for dusk/dawn too sensitive but the IR sensing works
    okay here. You can also use it to control other lights depending on what
    kind of lighting you're using
    http://www.x10pro.com/pro/catalog/plw01.plw02.page8.html
    I wasn't kidding up there with my raucaus laughter. If your lucky, your
    other lighting will be on the same phase and your lines won't be too noisey
    otherwise you'll curse the day I was born.
     
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