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Outdoor cameras and lights are important parts of home automated security systems, but they do not need to be on 24 hours a day. Manually turning each component on every day can be an inconvenience, but luckily there are ways around this problem.
By setting these devices on automated timers or motion detectors, your cameras and lights will turn on when they are needed without you having to do it yourself. Choose the timer option and your outdoor security components will turn on at the same time each day no matter what.
If you go with motion detectors, your lights and cameras will turn on whenever movement is detected within the perimeter of your wireless security system.
Since equipment based on motion sensors will only turn on when there is movement in a protected zone, you may not notice malfunctions or problems with equipment right away. That is why it is important to test these devices once a week to make sure that they are in working order and will turn on when they are supposed to. The last thing you want is for them to fail when you need them the most.
Whether you use timers or motion sensors, both your home security and convenience are maximized while your house's vulnerability fades away.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|