If there's one thing Mr Beams lights are known for, it's their motion activation - a key and essential feature. Motion activation means automatic hands-free lighting around the home for when your hands are full, like when you're carrying groceries, laundry or sleeping kids up to bed. But there's one more feature that's just as important as the motion sensor...
The primary reason for the light sensor is to stop unwanted or unnecessary activations in daylight so the light is only activating when you actually need it in darkness. This, combined with the motion activation and auto shut off, helps prolong the battery life in Mr Beams' battery-powered lights.
We get that changing batteries can be a pain (and expensive!), so each light is designed to last about one year on each set of batteries with average use of 8 activations a night. The light sensor + the motion sensor = efficient home lighting.
Though the light sensor is a key feature in our lights to preventing unwanted activations, we have a couple tips for special circumstances when you might want the light to activate even with nearby light:
1. Each light in our ceiling light family has a removable light sensor so the light will activate with motion - regardless of ambient light (excluding the MB970 Slim Safety Light). We've found from our customers that many common areas they use the ceiling lights, including showers, hallways and pantries, have just enough nearby ambient light that prevent the light from activating even though they still need light in that area. The best part? The removable light sensor can be reattached to the light, so fi you find that you'd rather the light only activate in darkness, it's a simple switch back. For instructions on removing and replacing the light sensor, please see the individual user manuals.
2. Our new Wired Pro Motion Security Lights have an adjustable light sensitivity setting, which lets you determine the amount of ambient light or darkness required at dusk to let the light activate. The minimum setting requires absolute darkness for the light to activate; whereas, the maximum setting allows for activation at early dusk. (Note: the adjustable light sensitivity setting does not allow for activation in full daylight.)