Security Lighting

Ever since we painted the exterior of the house in the fall of 2015 one set of security flood lights has been misaligned.

The light in question is at the bottom of the eave on the right.
The light in question is at the bottom of the eave on the right.

Charlie “adjusted” them so he could get the paintbrush up into the corner.

The motion detector is supposed to be in front of the lights. It had been turned around and upside-down.
The motion detector is supposed to be in front of the lights. It had been turned around and upside-down.

The lights were in front of the motion sensor and the motion sensor was upside-down.

From underneath the sensor controls including the test-mode switch are on the bottom.
From underneath the sensor controls including the test-mode switch are on the bottom.

We couldn’t figure out how to actually set it up (even though we had the instruction manual) without looking at similar lights at the back of the house.

In test-mode the lights stay on for 5 seconds in daylight or in the dark.
In test-mode the lights stay on for 5 seconds in daylight or in the dark.

After patiently following the directions the sensor ended up being forward and detects a car, person, or animal that moves in the driveway.

The driveway is almost as bright as day when the lights are on.
The driveway is almost as bright as day when the lights are on.

The lights brighten up the west side of the property from dusk until dawn.

Do you use security measures to keep yourself safe?

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Author: Jo

Welcome to The Glade, where the second generation of renovations has just begun and the mania about our home, music and other passions fill our days and nights. We’re Charlie and Jo in the music world; Mary Jo and Charles to family; and JoJo and Charlie to each other. We are renovating a midcentury house in a Victorian historic district where we want to live there the rest of our lives. It's a 1946 house located in Maryland. We were married in this house. Thus far (pre-blog) we refinished cabinets, added a window seat (still working on the cushion), rearranged a wall in the guest house due to sink/vanity replacement, planted a vegetable garden, and other quick and not-so-quick fixes. So this latest zeal for construction is the result of my having lived here since 1997 and feeling a need to ready the house for the next chapter and beyond.

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