Outdoor lights

How do STEINEL Sensor-Switched Outdoor Lights work?

Light on ... automatically

STEINEL Sensor Lights offer the simplest way to put your home and yard in the right light in keeping with the times. State-of-the-art sensor technology switches

automatically switches on the light at dusk as soon as it detects movement of a heat source. If no more movement is registered, it switches

the lighting off again after the set time. Best of all, installation is as easy as with a conventional light.

STEINEL Sensor Lights are available in a wide range of shapes and designs: As wall lights, ceiling lights or free-standing lights. From classic to modern, in stainless steel or aluminium or as purely functional lights.

  • Safety, convenience and energy savings thanks to automatic light switching.
  • 36 months manufacturer's warranty.
  • 5-year glass after-sales warranty.

All Steinel lights are suitable for energy-saving lamps.

Light ON. Light OFF.


Automatic lights are realized with the help of motion sensors. Two different technologies are used:
Indoors, RF sensors are the optimal solution; outdoors, Passive Infrared (PIR) sensors are used exclusively.

Thermal radiation as a remote switch

The heart of a PIR sensor system is a so-called pyrosensor. This electronic component responds to changes in the incident infrared heat radiation with a change in voltage.

Since every person emits infrared radiation due to their body heat, they inevitably change the thermal image captured by the sensor when they enter the system's field of view thermal image captured by the sensor. The resulting voltage jump is processed by the electronics to switch light.

In order to be able to react to movements within the detection range, the sensor systems are equipped with a segment lens. It divides the field of view of the pyrodetector into active and passive (not visible to the sensor) zones. If a heat source crosses a zone boundary, the received the IR radiation received by the sensor changes and it emits a signal.

Multisensor technology

STEINEL has developed multisensor technology to meet particularly stringent requirements in terms of the size of the detection zone. Here, two or even three pyro system, two or even three pyro sensors are arranged at a special angle to each other so that their detection ranges add up.

Segment lenses

STEINEL multi-lens technology

Multi-lens technology (MLT) enables seamless monitoring of a hemispherical detection zone. This makes it the ideal lens system for motion detectors with dual or triple sensors.

Fresnel lenses

Fresnel lenses offer the simplest way to segment the detection area of an infrared detector. A group of individual lenses is arranged in a circular segment. With a maximum detection angle of 180°, an area of up to 225m2 can be reliably monitored.

A second optical window for the area below the main detection zone makes it almost impossible for the sensors to creep underneath.


STEINEL sensors generally have a max. range of 12m, which can be shortened if the direction of travel is radial (towards the sensor).

Mini sensor:

Elegant, powerful and intelligent

In developing the mini-sensor, STEINEL has taken a whole new approach to implementing PIR sensor systems. A conical segment mirror directs the surrounding IR radiation onto an ultra-modern, extremely powerful IR sensor chip. Thanks to this design system can not only be kept extremely small, but it also enables reliable detection of movements in the entire 360° radius. radius.

The new operating concept

To enable fast, intuitive adaptation of the sensor electronics to individual user requirements, the sensor module can be removed from the luminaire in its entirety.

the sensor module can be removed in its entirety from the luminaire, adjusted at rest, reinserted and securely locked in place. Once the settings have been made, the luminaire

the luminaire switches itself on as soon as the sensor is removed. This is convenient at dusk or at night. All important information is printed on the sensor module itself, so no operating instructions are needed.

Adjustment options

Swivel range

STEINEL sensors with a detection angle of less than 180° can be precisely adapted to local conditions by means of rotating or swivelling lenses.

Cover plates

Cut-to-size cover plates are supplied with all sensors to individually limit detection areas (e.g. neighbouring property/street).

Twilight setting

The brightness threshold can be continuously adjusted from 2 lux (night) to 2000 lux (day) using an adjustment knob. This avoids unnecessary switching on during the day.

Time setting

Individually adjustable from 5 seconds to 15 minutes. After movement has been detected, the light remains switched on for the selected time.

Basic light

Allows a variably adjustable basic brightness of 0 - 50% of the sensor light. When motion is detected, the sensor light switches to full power. Serves orientation from a distance and deters uninvited guests.

Soft light start and soft end

Dims the light source in the sensor light elegantly up to 100% power. This is pleasant for the eyes and protects the illuminant!

Continuous light

Many STEINEL SensorLights can be switched to 4 hours of continuous light by pressing a switch twice. The light then switches the light automatically switches back to sensor mode.