Driving up to your home, walking from the driveway to your front door and unlocking the door in the dark could create an unsafe situation for you and your family. According to Chris E. McGoey of Crime Doctors, exterior lighting is critical for your safety. Motion lighting turns on with movement, allowing you to see around you and avoid someone lurking in the shadows of your home. Adjust your Hampton Bay motion lights to the proper sensitivity and time settings to give you a sense of security at home, and enough time to avoid a bad situation.
Motion Controls on the Sensor
Find the motion sensor controls located at the top of the Hampton Bay light on each side of the motion detector.
Turn the sensitivity knob, "SENS," clockwise with a slotted screwdriver to set the range of motion the light detects. Setting the sensor at the least amount of sensitivity, the light can only detect motion up to eight feet away. Sitting the sensor at the maximum sensitivity level, the light can detect motion up to 40 feet away.
Adjust the "Light" control clockwise to control the time of day the light comes on. If you only want the light to come on at night, turn the knob with a slotted screwdriver all the way to the right.
Set the "Timer" on the light for the amount of time you want the light to remain on once it detects motion. Turning the knob all the way to the left allows the light to remain on for only 4 seconds once it detects movement. Rotating the knob to the extreme right allows the light to remain on for 12 minutes.
Override the motion sensor and leave the fixture on by turning your light switch off and on two times within 3 seconds. Once you override your motion sensor, you can turn your light switch off and on two times within 3 seconds to reset the light to automatic operation.
Motion Controls on the Mounting Base
Find the time switch located on the bottom of the Hampton Bay motion sensor light mounting base. If your light is equipped with DualBrite dimming control, the dimming control switch is located next to the time switch. DualBrite allows your light to remain on at 50 percent power without the detection of motion for a predetermined amount of time. Once the sensor detects motion the light burns at 100 percent. For example, a 100 watt bulb burns at 50 watts until it detects motion.
Remove the Hampton Bay light from the wall to locate the sensitivity switch. Unscrew the two nuts holding the light to the wall and carefully pull it from the wall to not disturb the wiring. The sensitivity switch is located on the inside of the mounting base.
Rotate the sensitivity switch clockwise with your thumb and forefinger to set the sensitivity level on the motion detector. Setting the switch at a higher level of sensitivity allows the light to detect minor movement. If you have trees or shrubs in the motion detectors range of detection, consider adjusting to a less sensitive setting. The wind blowing through the leaves could cause your light to come on unnecessarily. Replace the motion light on the wall.
Set the amount of time you want your Hampton Bay motion light to remain on once it detects motion. Settings include one, five and 10 minutes. If your light is equipped with DualBrite dimming control, you can leave this feature off or set it to burn at 50 percent for three hours, six hours or from dusk to dawn.
Override the motion sensor and leave the fixture on by turning your light switch off for one second and turning it back on. Reset the motion sensor to automatic operation by repeating the steps to override the motion sensor.
Cecilia Harsch has been writing professionally since 2009. She writes mainly home improvement, health and travel articles for various online publications. She has several years of experience in the home-improvement industry, focusing on gardening, and a background in group exercise instruction. Harsch received her Certified Nurses Assistant license in 2004. She attended Tarrant County College and studied English composition.