R > I would like to install some outside spotlights with motion detectors to
R > both provide light for the family coming home at night and also as a
R > security issue.
You may wish to consider units with motion and dusk-to-dawn sensors.
With the latter the spotlights will be on only during the night hours.
No need to be concerned with manully switching them on and off.
In addition to the above you might want to consider a unit which runs
at 30% normally and ups to 100% when motion is detected. The duration
is user-controllable, or at least with the model we have.
As another respondent indicated, super-bright light is generally not
necessary. IIRC we're using 75W floods, so at 30% it's like a 25W
light -- more than enough light to see what is going on.
R > The house is vinyl sided, with a porch but no garage.
R > I would like to also have a switch to turn them off and on.
R > I have 2 outside outlet boxes mounted on the exterior walls.
I would guess using an outlet box extender and running conduit to the
floodlamp positions. Or run from the attic, mounting from the roof
overhang. (Remember not to put too high -- you'll have to replace the
R > I would like to mount one on the corner of the front porch facing the
R > driveway and one on the back corner of the house facing the street. It's a
R > corner property.
Remember to angle both the sensor and floodlamps down: you don't want
pedestrians and traffic false-triggering, nor do you want the light in
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