RAB motion sensor lights are the only security lighting solution that I use (for motion detection). They’re perfect for both home residential and commercial business use. What makes it unique is the RAB motion sensor itself and its many attributes (listed below). Excellent at deterring trespassing, or simply lighting the way as you enter the premises.
RAB makes a variety of outdoor exterior motion sensors. I definitely have a favorite sensor which I will detail in a minute…having installed lots of them.
RAB makes reliable superior quality motion lights (and other lighting too).
RAB MOTION SENSOR LIGHTS – Why I Install Them:
Here’s WHY as an installer I have no doubt whatsoever – THE best outdoor motion lights: RAB Super Stealth 360, made in the USA. RAB makes the highest quality consumer-available motion sensor on the market, in my opinion.
Why do I say that? I have installed lots of them! Moreover I have been completely satisfied with their outstanding performance over the years.
Continue reading for the technical reasons why I believe they’re the best motion sensor.
– the criteria, features & FAQ
– installation tips
(ANOTHER RAB UPDATE 2021) The RAB motion lights that I have installed have been in service for MANY years without any problems whatsoever! In fact, I have installed several more here on the property this year.
The reason I’m updating this post again, is to show you how I handled a particular issue with wind-blown tree branches sometimes setting it off, triggering motion. And I solved it without having to reduce the sensitivity of the sensor! (How-to section added below).
I’ve also updated the LED Flood Lights information (below) confirming they’ve been operational for several years outdoors (in all sorts of weather) with no issues at all. I’ve been using LED floods, and Halogen floods.
What makes the RAB Super Stealth 360 the best outdoor motion sensor lights?
I installed several more of the RAB Super Stealth 360’s to beef up my home security. They compliment the motion sensor lights that I installed a number of years ago. I was pleasantly surprised to discover even more improvements to this stellar product!
They’re still the best outdoor motion sensor lights, and here’s why:
RAB Motion Lights
Motion Light Features | Frequently Asked Questions
– Motion Detection Distance
– Motion Sensing Angle (detection pattern width)
– False Triggering Stability
– Power Handling (watts)
– Surge Protection
While the majority of ordinary outdoor motion lights may sense and trigger out to 30 or 40 feet, the RAB Super Stealth sensor will detect motion out to 60 feet when installed correctly.
It has two sensors. One detects 180 degrees out to 60 feet, while the other (mounted underneath) detects down (under the unit) and 360 degrees around to 15 feet. There’s no escaping it’s sensors!
In most installations which focus on security, yes, it’s worth it. The additional features, functionality, and reliable reputation of a quality brand is worth the peace of mind.
RAB Motion Sensor Lights On Each Corner Of The House
I mounted this motion sensor light on one end of the deck. The other ‘RAB’ is mounted on the other side. I have a total of four covering the entire perimeter of the house for better security.
Burglars ARE deterred when a motion light is triggered.
Long distance matters and RAB Super Stealth senses the longest.
The RAB Stealth will detect out to 60 feet!
ABOUT the RAB Motion Sensor “Super Stealth”
Long Range Motion Sensor Detection
The primary motion light sensor (there are 2 built in) has very long distance sensitivity compared with other cheaper brands.
60 feet detection in a 180 degree pattern on primary sensor.
(proper mounting required)
This criteria is very important to me because I want the earliest notification and deterrence possible. High quality motion detectors pay off in this area – the maximum distance possible.
360 Degree Motion Sensor
The RAB Super Stealth 360 has two sensor detectors!
One reaches out for distance as mentioned above.
A secondary sensor ‘looks’ BEHIND, including UNDERNEATH and itself has a reach of about 10 – 15 feet. Combined with the 60 foot reach of the front 180 degree swath makes it a true 360 degree motion light!
Outdoor motion sensor lights are also rated by their detection pattern. That includes sensor coverage width – their sensing angle measured in degrees. For ultimate security protection a 360 degree full circle coverage is absolutely the best. This will leave no dead zones whatsoever.
There is NO sneaking up on this motion light without it turning on!
How-to Stop Windblown Trees & Branches From Triggering Motion Detector
(This is a new update)
I had recently installed another unit. Later I discovered that when it was windy, some trees were setting it off when they blew around. Same thing could happen with bushes, branches, etc. However, here’s another nice thing about the RAB motion sensor design… This can be mitigated. And you might be able to do it without having to turn down the motion sensitivity, depending on your unique installation. A picture is worth a thousand words:
It comes with a set of tabs that can be trimmed (bent back-and-forth and snapped to what you need). They can be positioned anywhere on the face of the sensor. They snap on. In my case, about 40 feet away, there’s a stand of pine trees that were setting off the detector when it was very windy. Being on the side, I was able to position a strip of the blocking tabs to eliminate sensing on that edge. This way I could keep the sensitivity set to maximum.
RAB Motion Sensor Temperature Compensation
The outdoor temperature affects motion sensing ability. The RAB Super Stealth automatically adjusts for outdoor temperature to optimize motion detection regardless of the degree of hot or cold.
Surge Protection for the Sensor
Built in surge protection up to 6,000 volts will protect your investment. This could be caused by voltage spikes from thunderstorms, lightning, power tools, etc..
RF Immunity Sensor Protection
This motion sensor is protected from Radio Frequency interference potentially caused by wireless and other devices.
Three Red LEDs are always scanning across the face of the motion sesnor. This feature itself is a great deterrent!
RAB Motion Sensor Lights >> Advanced Logic
They have figured out a way to minimize false triggers. While no motion light is completely immune, this is where many others fail. You can be confident that when this light turns on, there’s a reason…
Hight Wattage Capacity
An outdoor motion light is also rated by how many watts (adding up the total watts of the bulbs). The typical maximum for outdoor motion lights is usually 300 watts (e.g. two 150-watt bulbs).
The RAB Stealth can switch up to 1,000 watts by adding additional external fixtures.
Ease of Installation
It’s not that difficult to install an outdoor motion light for an electrician or those who know what they’re doing. With that said, some light fixtures are easier to install than others.
Note: The RAB Stealth comes with a convenience hanger for the light fixture while connecting the wiring. This greatly simplifies the installation:
My First RAB Motion Sensor Light
For the sake of my own nostalgia, here’s my first RAB motion light from ~ 10 years ago. I upgraded my existing motion light at the time with just a RAB motion sensor (which you can purchase separately, rather than the entire assembly with the lights).
You can get just the sensor:
There are additional features too, but those listed above are important to me and part of the reason I choose their motion lights.
A very important part of general preparedness is one’s home security. Outdoor motion lights are one of the best deterrents you can have for a first level security defense at night.
Note: I have a background in electronics (among other things) and installed these motion lights myself. I can tell you that RAB has made it very accommodating for the installer (or electrician). There are several thoughtful and helpful inclusions to make the installation go smoothly. 1st class all the way.
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.
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