Search thousands of topics on CostHelper.com

BROWSE ALL TOPICS >> appliances babies & children  cars  consumer electronics health & personal care home & garden personal finance  pets  schools small business weddings
CostHelper > Home and Garden  > Safety & Services > Motion Sensor Lights

Motion Sensor Lights Cost


How Much Do Motion Sensor Lights Cost?

 
low costLow: Starts $15-$70average costMedium: $60-$450 Installed
post E-mail post Post   Comments (2)

Motion sensor lights are activated by motion and can cast either a focused beam or a bright floodlight. Motion sensor lights are typically installed as security lighting in outdoor areas, at entryways or in garages, laundry rooms, storage sheds or other areas where you don't want to have to fumble for a light switch.

Typical costs:

  • Prices run about $15-$70 starting with a basic two-blub floodlight and going up to a more stylish porch light fixture, but can be $75-$200 or more a fancier outdoor fixture. Options can include solar power, dusk-to-dawn operation, a floodlight arc up to 240 degrees, remote control, or a remote sensor (detached from the light source).
  • Depending on the complexity of the fixture, installation can take anywhere from 20-30 minutes to a couple of hours per light if new electrical wiring is required. Most motion sensor lights are designed to be a fairly basic do-it-yourself installation project, but you can hire a handyman for anywhere from about $30-$250 in labor costs depending on the time involved, the hourly rate and the minimum per-visit charge.
  • Motion sensor lights may be included as part of a professionally installed home security system.
Related articles: Home Security, Adding an Electrical Outlet

What should be included:
  • A motion detection sensor is a fairly simple device that scans the infrared spectrum of light and picks up heat waves from moving objects. Once they detect something moving in the area, most motions sensor lights let you adjust how long they stay on (1 minute, 5 minutes, etc.). A good outdoor motion sensor detector has a field of vision of at least 180 degrees and for at least 75 feet. Reader's Digest provides an overview.
  • Installation can be relatively simple, requiring just a screwdriver, hammer and circuit tester. DIYNetwork.com explaisn how to install a simple motion-sensing light switch[1] and Lowes gives more detailed installation instructions[2] for a basic two-bulb motion-detection floodlight.
  • Installation can also be more complicated, requiring new wiring and possibly a permit and inspection by the local building department. Family Handyman Magazine describes the steps for adding new wiring for a motion sensor light.
Shopping for motion sensor lights:
  • Install motion sensor lights about 6-10 feet above the ground, aimed so that any movement naturally occurs in the middle of the sensor's active scanning area. The Reader's Digest overview includes diagrams showing the best positions for installing outdoor motion sensor lights.
post E-mail post Post   Comments (2)
CostHelper News


Top 7 Ways to Trim Pet Expenses
Pets, for many, are part of the family; another member that needs love, feeding and treatment, just like anyone else in the household. || Posted September 18 2013


Forgotten Expenses In a Home Addition Budget
Items like construction costs, permit fees or debris removal aren't the only expenses to consider when calculating the total costs of a home remodeling project. || Posted August 5 2013

‣ All CostHelper Blog Posts


What People Are Paying - Recent Comments
Motion Sensor Lights
Amount: $690.00
Posted by: JasonD in Menifee, CA.Posted: November 14th, 2016 09:11AM
I already purchased 6 RAB motion security lights and the Par 38 LED bulbs. My out of pocket already was $630 for the 6 lights and $120 for the Par 38 LED lights...$850. So all in all, the labor/materials/lights/bulbs is $1,540.
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam
handyman
Amount: $150.00
Posted by: westcost mssl in corona, CA.Posted: October 3rd, 2013 07:10PM
The home own call me one day and he had some trouble at night see when he get out of the driveway to the walkway to the house. So I told him to install some some motion sensing security lights from the day to now he has not have any trouble anymore
Was this post helpful to you?   yes     no Report prohibited or spam


 

Comment On Your Experience With Motion Sensor Lights
 
Subject:  *
Amount Spent:  *
Comments: 
Purchased:  Year: 
City:  * State:  *
 
Information about you:
Email:  * Email addresses are not displayed.
Name:  This is the name we'll display with your post.
me on this computer
*=required field.
 



External Resources:
  1.  www.diynetwork.com/how-to/how-to-install-a-motion-sensor-light-switch/index.html
  2.  www.lowes.com/cd_Install+a+Motion+Detector_771158681_
More Home and Garden Topics
Check Out All Costs for Home and Garden How Much Does Garden Service Cost? How Much Does a Kitchen Remodeling Cost? How Much Does a Propane Tank Cost?

Search Thousands of Topics on CostHelper.com

 
Today's Featured Cost Articles

About CostHelper
CostHelper is based in Silicon Valley and provides consumers with unbiased price information about thousands of goods and services. Our writers are experienced journalists who adhere to our strict editorial ethics policy.

CostHelper Community
Outrageous Expense
Paid: 79000.00
1 hour and 20 minute flight from a hospital who is in my plan to a hospital that is in my plan and both have medflight helicopters... [more]
-Youare KiddingMe
Air Ambulance Cost
Family friend's wedding
Paid: 710.00
1 bridal bouquet/1 toss bouquet, 2 MOH bouquets, 1 jr bride bouquet, 5 bride maids bouquets, 2 wrist corsages, 2 flower girl baskets, 1 ring bearer pillow and supplies for 19 centerpieces (11 tall pilsner vases with approximately 20 flowers... [more]
-Mrs. Murray
Wedding Flowers Cost
Ignition coil
Paid: 46.00
Bought at O'Riley auto parts. Watched YouTube video.Removed 2 screws it sits on top of engine. Replaced coil and bad spark plug... [more]
-James Smith01
Ignition Coil Replacement Cost
Concussion
Paid: 7459.00
Hit my head hard and had speech deficit and blurry/double vision. Urgent care advised I go to Emergency because they had MRI. I was able to understand what I was told, but really having difficulty finding words and talking... [more]
-KS
Emergency Room Visit Cost
Cat declawing just front know anywhere that isn't outrageously priced??
Paid: 0.00
Need to have my 2 yr old cat declawed. Unfortunately where I live they are now making it mandatory. My vet I currently use wants over $450. I really can't afford that. I'm currently dealing with medical issues myself and getting chemo etc... [more]
-Livey
Cat Declawing Cost
Pricing--alterations/custom
Paid: 0.00
I have to chuckle over the comments about pricing. Custom dresses should not cost less than ready to wear (unless you are buying the label/shop name). The things I try to remind brides of are: 1. I make your pattern for you alone... [more]
-smsivulabydesign
Wedding Dress Alterations Cost