I have a solar light with motion detection that works fine outside. I'd like to know if I can use it inside as well. I want to place it on the windowsill of my clerestory window so that it charges during the day from sunlight. And at night I want it to turn on when it detects motion.
But what's not working is that the photoresistor, or whatever, is not detecting that the room lights are on at night presumably due to its location high on the ceiling. And so motion at night when the lights are on triggers the light on.
Is there a way to either improve the light sensitivity? Or, can I put a timer on the light somehow, so that the motion detection is switched off until 11 pm when the kitchen lights are usually ( but not always ) off.
I'm not wanting this light to replace the room lights. I just want it to light up when people enter the room so that they don't need to switch the lights on just to do something briefly.
Edit: I think I know what the problem might be. The light detection appears to be on the solar panel side which is facing outside to the sun, and not to the room lights. So, at night time it doesn't sense the room lights are on.
Supplementary Question: Can I solve the problem by putting in a 5V photo switch like this one between one of the two wires to the LEDs?
The red and black wires look like power to the LEDs which is at the top of the picture, and the brown and blue wires are I presume from the photosensor.