Outdoor Security Lighting

porch light
A bright porch light is an excellent security lighting option.

What's more important than your home's structure? The people and special belongings in it. With that in mind, one of the most important things that you can do to protect your loved ones and belongings is to install the right kind of outdoor security lighting for your home. Hiring a skilled electrician to help you plan your security lighting is the first step to making the best lighting plan and to being sure that the lights and timers you choose will be properly installed. Properly planned security lighting has been proven to deter burglars. Read on for useful information to help you plan your security lighting to help ensure that you keep those bad guys away! Consider hiring an electrician to plan out your outdoor security lighting needs.

A big misconception about outdoor security lighting is that the brighter the light, the better the chance is of deterring a burglar. Unfortunately, many people are unaware that bright lights outside on a driveway or front yard can create shadows around your house where burglars can potentially hide. So, you want to know what the next-best alternative is? The answer is simply to use a lower level of light - or even decorative or landscape lighting. There are many ways that you can have fun with this as there are so many different styles of lighting fixtures for your yard and porch to choose from. Not only will the lights serve as security lighting, but they will also give a nice, new, updated look to your home. So go ahead and have some fun with your outdoor security lighting!

The most important places to have lights are at all possible entrances on the first floor, including windows, doors, porches or deck door-walls and garage entrances. It's also a good idea to have a light shining on all keyholes around the outside of the house. When it comes to selecting the types of bulb, try incandescent lights, as they are easy to maintain. Keep in mind that they are least energy-efficient type of bulb. Another option is sodium or mercury vapor lights. These lights are more powerful and more energy-efficient, but they are also more expensive.

Adding a heat- or motion-sensing feature to your security lights is an excellent, energy-saving feature that will cause any uninvited guests to quickly run away when a light is suddenly shone on them! Lights with motion sensors turn on when they detect any movement, so if you live in an area with a lot of wind or animals, you may want to consider a sensitivity adjuster for your light so that the light does not go on and off all the time. Heat-sensing lights work in a similar way and turn on when the sensor detects body temperature heat.

Don't forget about some of the other benefits to outdoor security lighting: They make it easier for guests to find your home at night and they make it easier for you to pull in and out of your driveway at night.

Make sure you find a professional electrician to help you with the installation of your outdoor security lights.

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