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Motion Sensor Flashes like a Camera Flash??

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New Neighbor

Motion Sensor Flashes like a Camera Flash??

 I have a motion sensor in the corner of my bedroom. At night I am armed in Home mode, so the sensor does not activate the alarm. I woke up to go to the restroom and the motion sensor flashes like a camera flash going off. This has happened 3 or 4 times in the last two nights. Why is it flashing? How do I turn it off? Thanks

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New Neighbor III

Re: Motion Sensor Flashes like a Camera Flash??

The contact sensors and motion sensors all flash when triggered.  There is no way to turn it off.  I like that feature as confirmation.

 

You might want to try taking the cover off and putting some tape over the inside where the led flashes.  Just be sure not to interfere with the action of the sensor.  Disclosure - I have not tried this.

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Community Manager

Re: Motion Sensor Flashes like a Camera Flash??

Hey @paulozi! To add to what @Brad said, the Alarm Motion Detectors will indicate when a motion was detected via the LED indicator. To clarify further, this will only happen on the initial motion detected from a "cleared" state. For example if you remain in the room, and never allow the Motion detector to "clear" and it continuously senses your motion, you will not see a constant LED. You will only see the LED indicate the initial/ first motion detected after the area was "cleared".  Hope this helps! Smiley Happy 



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New Neighbor

Re: Motion Sensor Flashes like a Camera Flash??

Dear Marley, 

My issue is the same as @Paulozi.  My wife is quite unnerved by the flash everytime she gets out of bed at night.  You're saying that there is no way to disable the flash?  If I set the "motion Sensitivity"  to the lowest level will that at least lessen the amount of flashes.  My understanding is that the detector will reset for motion every 4 or 8 minutes.  Will adjusting the sensitivity increase that time?

 

In addition, there was a suggestion to mask the light that flashes with tape.  Is that truly possible and will it hamper the device?

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New Neighbor III

Re: Motion Sensor Flashes like a Camera Flash??


@Djsomerset wrote:

 In addition, there was a suggestion to mask the light that flashes with tape.  Is that truly possible and will it hamper the device?


Using tape will not hamper the device.  The place where the flash shows is not in the window of the sensor.  But it is easy to test afterwards to make sure.

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New Neighbor

Re: Motion Sensor Flashes like a Camera Flash??

Thanks Brad,

I think the place you mean is a clear plastic piece that's near the top of the device.  I'll use some black elecrical tape there.

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New Neighbor

Re: Motion Sensor Flashes like a Camera Flash??

Brad, 

I put the tape over that piece and it still detects motion.  We'll see if it blocks the flash tonight.  Thanks for your help

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New Neighbor III

Re: Motion Sensor Flashes like a Camera Flash??

The bright flash is actually above that window.  That window is there for the sensor.  But, remember a motion sensor is really a heat sensor.  So the trick is to cover the flash enough and not impact the heat detection.  I think trial and error is the answer.

 

You could also open the unit up and tape over the actual flashing led.