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WIBU to disable my neighbour's security light?

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Horsemad Sat 02-Jan-16 02:03:53

Bloody thing keeps coming on for no reason, other than it's windy. It's like sleeping next to a frickin' lighthouse. angry

Epilepsyhelp Sat 02-Jan-16 02:06:04

Black out curtains/blinds? I'm sure you're being <lighthearted> but disabling light = criminal damage.. grin

BaronessBomburst Sat 02-Jan-16 02:08:32

Did you ask them to adjust the settings/ sensitivity?

Horsemad Sat 02-Jan-16 02:08:42

Sort of lighthearted... Compounded by the fact it is my in-laws house! hmm

Horsemad Sat 02-Jan-16 02:10:03

Will ask DH to sort it tomorrow, this never used to happen and the light hasn't been changed to my knowledge, so maybe they've altered the setting.

kali110 Sat 02-Jan-16 02:19:29

Cats setting it off? Ours can set ours off

Horsemad Sat 02-Jan-16 02:21:37

Not cats, it's been going off all evening because it's windy here.

BaronessBomburst Sat 02-Jan-16 02:30:18

Oh well! You never said it was MIL's security light!
the OP is drip feeding

Horsemad Sat 02-Jan-16 02:40:30

grin it's the light, made me forgetful...!

Last year it was their dog outside all night barking that kept me awake. That doesn't happen now as I think other neighbours complained about the dog, so they take it inside at night.

The lighting issue only affects us though, as it shines right into our bedroom.

Mmmmcake123 Sat 02-Jan-16 02:46:56

Have they got something in the garden that is setting it off. Even in windy weather trees don't normally activate a light unless it is directly opposite.

Horsemad Sat 02-Jan-16 02:48:37

Could possibly be a branch off a shrub, it's flippin' annoying now.

DyslexicScientist Sat 02-Jan-16 08:16:00


I hate them with a passion. Three people across the road from me have them.

One guy has his not angled down at all, comes on during the day in winter, cars driving down the road set it off and it stays on for 5 mins.

I plan to go over and tweak down the sensitivity, light sensor and time out next time its foggy. He's refused to change it and says it's needed for security. Even though its awful for security as its on all the fucking time. He has video cameras so I'm waiting for a thick fog.

MumOnTheRunCatchingUp Sat 02-Jan-16 08:58:05

How did you 'disable' it?

Horsemad Sat 02-Jan-16 09:38:16

I didn't disable it. I put an eye mask on and eventually fell asleep. Feel knackered this morning, just got woken by a huge delivery van in the road.

Gonna be a long day!

VodkaJelly Sat 02-Jan-16 10:07:17

Know the feeling well OP, but its not as bad for me. Neighbour across the road had a security light type thing, its like a wall light by his back door and goes off on a sensor. Its not too bright but it does light up my bedroom, not too bright but you can tell when its on. I have lined curtains and blinds in my bedroom but you can still see it.

It only comes on for about 3 - 4 seconds but on windy days it can switch on about 6 times a minute, which is 360 times an hour, not that I have lay in bed and timed it or anything. It does drive me batty when I cant sleep. Anything sets it off, wind, cars, people farting in bed... anything. I dont see the point in it because he never comes out and checks when the light goes off.

I am waiting for the fog then I am going to spray paint the lens black.

I havent spoken to him as its not really an issue, just slightly annoying.

Horsemad Sat 02-Jan-16 10:10:33

Praying for fog now! grin

DyslexicScientist Sat 02-Jan-16 10:11:34

Haha gald its not just me waiting for fog.

What time is everyone else planning? I was thinking about 3 am

Horsemad Sat 02-Jan-16 10:47:15

Make sure you wear a balaclava!

Boogers Sat 02-Jan-16 10:51:18

Can you ask them to alter the sensors as something is clearly setting it off for no reason, possibly a tree branch or a bush waving in the wind? Cats also used to set mine off when I had one. Failing that, can you ask them to use a lower watt bulb in it?

GloGirl Sat 02-Jan-16 10:54:16

Maybe spiders are setting it off? Give it a good brush.

Kacie123 Sat 02-Jan-16 10:57:30

...You live next door to the in-laws?

Yanbu - psychological warfare is the only way! grin

Abraid2 Sat 02-Jan-16 11:00:13

I hate those bloody lights. They are always too bright, meaning that most of a garden is in black shadow, making it easier for undesirables to hide. They block out starlight and can be very distracting to drivers. I keep braking when I am reversing into my drive because our neighbour across the road's light looks as bright as oncoming car headlights.

Horsemad Sat 02-Jan-16 11:07:31

Across the road Kacie. There have been some very strong boundaries put in place! grin

Xmas was the first time I'd seen them to chat to since Sept; popping across is strongly discouraged (by me!).

mumsnit Sat 02-Jan-16 11:15:40

Security lights are a massive pain. Our neighbour behind has one that stays on for hours and shines directly into our bedroom windows. We have blackout curtains AND blinds.

Hope you can talk to them and get it sorted....

Otherwise you can report them to the council for light pollution grin

MushroomMama Sat 02-Jan-16 11:19:36

Our neighbour has one on the front of their house! Lights up our entire bedroom!

I wouldn't mind but we live in a very well lit cul de sac!

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