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Why Won’t My Motion Sensor Light Turn Off?


Motion sensor lights offer convenience, safety, and efficiency. However, there might be a time when you notice your motion sensor light isn’t turning off. You can try a few tips and tricks before calling professionals or purchasing a new light.

If available, it’s a good idea to have your owner’s manual nearby to help with your motion sensor light’s functions and troubleshooting tips.

Reasons Your Motion Sensor Light Isn’t Turning Off

If your motion sensor light gets stuck on, there are three troubleshooting steps you can do to reset it. These procedures can be done by general homeowners and might also be covered in your owner’s manual.

  • Timer setting: You might have set a specific timer function that determines how long the motion light will stay turned on once activated. Double-check to make sure this isn’t set to a long duration.
  • Motion sensitivity: This setting dictates how much motion will activate the sensor’s light. If the sensitivity is too high, the motion sensor will activate if some leaves fall nearby. Based on where you live and your environment, you’ll need to determine the best setting that balances your safety and motion sensor light usage. You can shorten the light’s duration if you need to keep the sensitivity high.
  • Full reset: If all else fails, you can always turn the light off and leave it in the off position for at least five minutes. After turning it back on, all settings should be restored to their original default setting. From there, you can customize them to your personal preferences. The on/off switch might have been changed or put into an “auto” or permanent “on” position.

When To Call a Professional

If you’ve referred to your owner’s manual and attempted to troubleshoot your motion sensor light with no success, it’s time to call a professional technician. There might be a more serious issue that needs to be repaired.

In the worst-case scenario, you might need a new motion sensor light. It’s best to solve this issue sooner rather than later; that way, you’ll have a properly working motion sensor light for your safety.

Here are some issues you’ll need professional service for:

  • Electrical damage
  • Improper installation
  • Environmental damage
  • Animal damage
  • Extreme heat or cold damage
  • Extreme weather damage

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