Adjusting security lights - why so difficult?

Started by September 2, 2017
Every couple of years I end up replacing a deteriorating garden/yard proximity
security light and face frustration in setting it up. The lights are obviously
mounted ladder (or at least step-ladder) high. And the small pot for setting
sensitivity is awkwardly located behind the body if the lamp. I've tried several
suppliers but the'standard' type always shares the same basic flawed design.

Does anyone know of a reasonably priced UK product that has an intelligent design
please? Perhaps a downward facing pot with a deepscrew slot that could therefore be
reached from ground level with a pole-plus-screwdriver.

Terry, East Grinstead, UK 
On Sat, 2 Sep 2017 06:00:25 -0700 (PDT), terrypingm@gmail.com wrote:

>Every couple of years I end up replacing a deteriorating garden/yard proximity
security light and face frustration in setting it up. The lights are obviously mounted ladder (or at least step-ladder) high. And the small pot for setting sensitivity is awkwardly located behind the body if the lamp. I've tried several suppliers but the'standard' type always shares the same basic flawed design.
> >Does anyone know of a reasonably priced UK product that has an intelligent design
please? Perhaps a downward facing pot with a deepscrew slot that could therefore be reached from ground level with a pole-plus-screwdriver.
> >Terry, East Grinstead, UK
You can't set the adjustment before you mount?
I could, but it needs setting in realistic circumstances, at the appropriate level
of darkness and when I approach at a certain distance and position
I could, but it needs to be set in realistic conditions, i.e. at appropriate level
of darkness and when I am at a certain distance and angle from it.
On Sat, 2 Sep 2017 07:36:10 -0700 (PDT), terrypingm@gmail.com wrote:

>I could, but it needs to be set in realistic conditions, i.e. at appropriate level
of darkness and when I am at a certain distance and angle from it. These probably aren't LED lights you replace every few years.(?) So I'd assume it is the motion sensor that dies? Why not a low voltage system with the sensor mounted low and the light mounted high? I've a number of 12V lights around my property, that run from a single 12V supply. It was just a lot easier to get light just where I wanted it without making a big production with the insulation requirements and safety of mains voltages. The motion sensors typically die from exposure to UV sunlight - eats the plastic in the lens. The ones out of the sun last a lot longer. The lights last and last; 10+ years now.