No one likes a dark house. Well, no one except for maybe burglars and criminals. Brighten those dark areas and reduce the potential for any criminal activity with one simple improvement to your house - security lighting. This can include security floodlights or wall light fixtures with motion detectors that turn on when they detect movement, and battery operated lights that install in minutes in your garden or along a pathway when electrical wiring is not available.
However, the best home security lighting is not just about having really bright lights. Rather it is about having uniformity in your illumination and reducing the number of dark areas in your yard and around your home. Below are some tips to show how you can use lighting to increase the security both outside and inside your home.
Home Security Lighting Tips
- Install dual flood lights with motion sensors on all sides of your home. They automatically come on when they detect any nearby movement.
- Use in-wall timers on all of your outside lighting and set them from dusk to dawn. You could also use photocell controls on your exterior lights that will automatically turn the lights on at dusk when it gets dark and turn them off at dawn when the sunlight returns.
- If you have landscape lighting, keep them on for the entire night from dusk to dawn.
- To minimize the cost of electricity and the time required to replace any burned-out light bulbs, use compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or LED light bulbs in any outside security light that is left on the entire night.
- Use garden lights with motion detectors and place them at strategic points around the perimeter of your home.
- Don't forget the back of your home, especially if you have woods in your backyard. Provide illumination to those areas where intruders can hide from view.
- Is there any obvious place that a person can hide outside your home? Light it up! Use a battery operated LED security light if there is no electrical wiring in the area.
- Most of us have some sort of decorative light fixture around our front entryway and garage. Be sure that these and other outdoor lights on or around your home, that can be easily reached from the ground, are fully enclosed so that the light bulbs cannot be easily removed by someone.
- Timers, timers, timers. When you are away on vacation use timers on your indoor lights in several rooms. Make certain that different lights turn on and off at different times to make it look like someone is home.