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    Lightbulb How do you do outdoor presence detection without nuisance tripping

    The council has installed new networked dimming LED street lighting (leafnet), which is great :-)

    The beam angle on them (by design) is so tight it only lights the pavements and road and not our private gardens.

    This leaves me needing to put "pathway" lighting in the garden as the entrance way is in shadow anyway.

    What I don't want to do however is leave lights on for extended periods.

    This leads me to have triggered lights, but I don't want to have nuisance triggering as you can see on some PIR sensors, I only want it to light when someone actually starts down my path.

    How have others in my situation done it? One idea I have had is a beam-break detector but don't want to have to keep cleaning it!
    Last edited by back_ache; 19th November 2013 at 03:23 PM. Reason: tidy up embarrassing typo's

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