The Best Outdoor Motion Detector Light
How to choose the best outdoor motion detector light
There are several criteria to picking the best outdoor motion detector light to fulfill your needs, be it for security or for convenience.
1. Detection Distance
2. Motion Sensing Angle
3. Power Handling
HOW FAR AWAY, or what distance will the motion detector sense movement before the light turns on…
The sensing distance is very important for outdoor security when it is dark outside. If the purpose for the motion light is for security, you definitely want the maximum distance possible. Being able to sense motion at long distances is where high quality motion detectors shine. This is where you get your money’s worth. If distance is not a big concern, then most any typical motion light will be okay.
Note: The RAB Stealth will generally sense out to 60 feet with proper mounting.
HOW WIDE is the motion detection area of the sensor and what it will “see”…
Outdoor motion detector lights are also rated by their detection pattern, including coverage width, or their sensing angle measured in degrees. For the best security protection, a 360 degree full circle coverage is absolutely the best. This will leave no dead zones whatsoever. A 180 degree half circle coverage may be good enough if the motion detector light is mounted against, or on an outdoor wall.
Note: The RAB Stealth includes a 360 degree sensor in addition to its main detector.
HOW MUCH POWER or maximum wattage of the motion detector light…
An outdoor motion detector light is also rated by how many watts that the total number of bulbs can add up to. The typical maximum for outdoor motion detector lights is usually 300 watts.
Note: The RAB Stealth can handle up to 1,000 watts by adding additional external fixtures.
Note: Today’s LED flood lights only require a fraction of the power requirements!
Note: The Best LED Flood Light For Outdoor Motion Light
Ease of Installation
While it is not terribly difficult to install an outdoor motion light for an electrician or those who know what they’re doing, some light fixtures are easier than others.
Note: The RAB Stealth comes with a convenience hanger for the light fixture while connecting the wiring. This greatly simplifies the installation 😉
RAB Super Stealth Outdoor Motion Light
Having owned quite a lot of outdoor motion lights, over time I have found my absolute favorite, the RAB Super Stealth 360 (any model).
Several years ago, I upgraded an existing outdoor motion light (which was another brand) by simply replacing the motion sensor assembly with a RAB Sensor, which gave me all the features I was looking for (pictured below).
It will detect motion out to an incredible distance of 60 feet when mounted properly.
It has a 180 degree coverage detection pattern and also a 360 degree full circle coverage detection pattern facing down underneath it.
It will handle and switch 1,000 watts of power and comes in various light configurations to handle various lamps.
There are many more high quality features integrated into the RAB Super Stealth including temperature compensation, high voltage spike protection, scanning LED’s, and RF immunity.
Here is another related article that I wrote after having installed an additional RAB outdoor motion light on my house, mounted to the deck:
The Best Outdoor Motion Light For Home Security
Remember, “you get what you pay for”, and this one is worth the money. In fact, it’s so good, that I have been inspired to post this review and recommendation to you for your protection and security.