8 HOME SECURITY LIGHTING TIPS TO KEEP YOU SAFE
Lighting is perhaps the one biggest deterrent to potential criminal activity. The introduction of electric lighting in the late 19th century saw a dramatic decrease in crime. Even today, there is a direct relationship with the availability of lighting and crimes against property.
Installing security lights in your property can go a long way in protecting it from opportunistic burglars and vandals. While not always a priority, maintaining these lights should be part of your regular property and building maintenance.
Security lights can be powered through the mains or by batteries and installed virtually anywhere. They run the gamut from ordinary user-operated lights to complex light systems run by a timer or motion detector.
However, there is more to installing security lights than having the fanciest system or the brightest illumination. The goal of any security light system is to eliminate any dark areas as potential hiding spots without wasting resources or causing unnecessary light pollution. Here are a few tips that will help you use your security lighting to the fullest.
1.) Use energy-saving technologies
Newer LED technology can provide illumination comparable to older halogen and xenon lamps while consuming only a fraction of the energy. They also run much cooler and need to be replaced less often. As they consume less energy and are less likely to burn out, they are also better candidates for battery-operated exterior lights compared to older technologies.
2.) Use motion sensors wisely
Rather than leaving your exterior lights on all the time, you can use motion-sensor systems that switch lights on when movement is detected. These lights aren’t just great for saving electricity. When paired with a floodlight, motion-activated lights can introduce an element of surprise that can scare an unsuspecting intruder away. In exterior applications, they are also useful in preventing unnecessary light pollution that can disturb the occupants of neighbouring properties.
However, motion sensors have to be installed wisely to prevent unintended triggering by household members or pets. Inspect your property for potential hiding places and consider installing motion sensors in the places intruders are most likely to take cover in.
3.) Inspect your exterior security lights regularly
Because they’re exposed to the elements, exterior lights are subjected to stresses that make them last shorter than comparable interior lights. Intruders may use a busted light as an opportunity, so make to take a few minutes each month as part of regular building maintenance to make sure all your exterior lights are functional.
4.) Make sure your exterior light bulbs are protected
Burglars may attempt to remove or destroy exterior lights to facilitate entry to your property. Make sure that lights around your property’s entrances are protected and resistant to shattering. Use protective grills and panels or keep lights away from arm’s reach to prevent intruders from tampering with them.
5.) Use timers when you can
Interior lights that are visible from the outside should be controlled by timers to ensure that you don’t forget to manually turn them on or off. Visible lights will make potential burglars think twice before they try to enter your property. Timed lights are especially crucial if you’re planning to leave home for extended periods.
6.) Be aware of security holes in new “smart lightbulbs”
So-called “smart lightbulbs” that can be controlled via smartphone are now quite common and are popular for security lighting. It’s been recently discovered that these bulbs can be exploited by hackers. Hackers can not only control their functions but also steal your private data using the bulbs as a path as well. Be sure to consult with an expert before using smart bulbs for security lighting.
7.) Use floodlights to cover wide sections of your property
Floodlights are excellent for illuminating large areas. They can be expensive to operate continuously so they are often connected to motion sensors when used as part of a security lighting system. If your property is connected to a forest or empty lot, it’s important to have a motion-activated or timed floodlight facing that area as well.
8.) Lots of little lights around the property can be effective
You don’t necessarily have to use the biggest and brightest lights possible. Lots of smaller, less obtrusive lights can be just as effective, provided that they can cover the dark spots around the property. Make sure that they are on from dusk till dawn. You can use a timer so that they’re always on when needed.
Fortunately, you don’t need much have lighting that’s sufficient for deterring random criminal activity. If you’re interested in improving your property’s security, be sure to call an expert to install your exterior lighting and other security systems.