Outdoor Lighting for Home Security

by Gail Stone 11/24/2019

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No matter how safe your neighborhood is, it doesn’t hurt to take precautions against break-ins or thefts. Installing home security lighting is a highly effective way to deter intruders. This type of lighting also provides plenty of light for walkways and paths, making it safer for you and your family to walk around outside at night. Keep the following tips in mind for effective and efficient home security lighting for your house. 

Consider Motion Detector Lights

Some security lights, such as flood lights, are too bright to have on all night. Adding motion sensors to these lights or having motion detector lights installed won’t illuminate your home exterior the whole night. However, these lights can startle intruders by coming on when motion is detected. You can usually adjust the sensitivity of these lights, so that animals wandering around your yard at night won’t keep setting them off. For ideal security, consider placing these lights on each side of your home. 

Install Timers for Outdoor Lights

If you have outdoor lights that you plan on leaving on all the time, such as landscape lights or accent lights by your front door, consider installing timers for them. Having them set to a timer means you don’t have to worry about remembering to turn them on. They also won't accidentally be left on all day and use up energy. You can set these timers so that they turn your outdoor lights on at dusk and turn them off at dawn. While you’re installing outdoor timers, keep in mind that timers for indoor lights provide a good way to deter intruders when you’re away on vacation. These timers help give the appearance that someone is home at your house.

Use Energy-Efficient Bulbs

When you have outdoor lighting that stays on all night, you can save on energy usage by switching to LED or CFL bulbs. Incandescent bulbs use up more energy, and they don’t last as long overall. Replacing these with LED or CFL bulbs helps reduce your energy usage and the amount you spend on outdoor lighting, since they don’t have to replaced as much. 

Light Up Hiding Spots

When you’re determining where outdoor security lights should go, look for any potential hiding spots that an intruder might use. For example, you can install landscape lights or uplights that shine on bushes where someone could lurk. You can also use outdoor lights to illuminate dark corners or areas of your property to discourage intruders from approaching your home. Keep in mind that any lights you install should be fully enclosed, so that intruders can’t easily remove the bulbs. 

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Gail Stone

Dedication, knowledge and her 'beyond the call of duty' approach enables Gail to sell successfully both to the first time buyer and the experienced seller. Her honesty and perseverance have served her clients extremely well. I am proud to say I have been with the firm since 1985 and have been a Stamford resident for 34 years. My former careers have been a high school math teacher and a computer programmer. I love helping people with their housing needs and feel I am able to help them maximize their purchases and sales.