Asked on Oct 3, 2017

What LED bulb can be used in a motion detector flood light?



I need a new motion detector flood light fixture. From what I hear from most light bulb manufacturers and fixture manufacturers, the LED bulbs don't work with motion detectors. The stores no longer sell the incandescent par 38 bulbs. The complete LED fixtures that you can purchase have to have someone to change the fixture when the lights burn out. Also, every fixture I google does not have really good reviews. Even though some have a 5 or 10 year warranty, I can't afford to pay someone to install a fixture that that doesn't work properly over and over.
Help, I need a motion light.

2 answers
  • Ken
    on Oct 3, 2017

    What you hear does not agree with what I am reading. I selected outdoor flood light fixtures from four different manufacturers on These were all inexpensive fixtures under $50. Every one was compatible with outdoor rated LED bulbs. As for the reviews, read individual reviews and see if there is a pattern. Sometimes folks expect a $30 fixture to perform and have the durability of a $200 fixture. It shouldn't. I've had one of those $12.95 mostly plastic fixtures on the front of my garage for over 6 years. It's on the second set of CFLs and when those go it will get LED bulbs. Works great, but I don't have kids bouncing basketballs on it either.
  • Ken
    on Oct 3, 2017

    One more thought Brenda. Replacing a light fixture is just a little more difficult than replacing a light bulb. I get it that electricity can be intimidating and you want someone else to take the risk. So, why not have the installer select the fixture that they recommend? You won't have to worry about low ratings on Google and you can make an arrangement with the installer for what happens if the fixture doesn't last the expected time.
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