A Properly Lit Home Is a Safe Home
When you get home after a long day at work, the last thing that you want to worry about is your own safety, and for this reason, you might already have taken measures to ensure that your windows, doors, and all other entrances are very secure, so that no intruders can come in to disturb the peace and safety of you and your family.
When considering how to keep your home safe and secure, you may not have thought about the safety features of outdoor lights. A well-lit home will discourage unwanted intruders but will appear warm and welcoming to your actually invited guests.
A common misconception is that security lights have to be bright and harsh in order to discourage intruders. In fact, the opposite is true; overly bright lighting not only makes your home look unappealing at night, but it can also create very dark shadows where intruders can hide. Proper security lighting techniques use less intense lights to illuminate your residence in an aesthetically pleasing manner without creating a blinding effect or causing large shadows.
Here are a few more factors to consider when installing new lighting around your home for security purposes:
Correct Placing: Even if you have invested in secure doors and a top-of-the-line alarm system, you don’t want an intruder to be able to come anywhere close enough to your home to tamper with your security system. It is a good idea to illuminate each entrance with lights, for aesthetic and practical reasons as well as for extra security. Seeing the entrances to your home well lit will help you to feel confident and safe whenever you are entering or leaving your home.
Energy Saving: A good way to illuminate your yard without running up your electricity bill is to install motion sensitive lighting, which will remain off by default but will turn on whenever any type of motion is detected. If you live in a neighborhood with a lot of wind or wandering animals, you may want to consider adjusting the motion sensor on your lights so that they do not come on constantly. Another idea to consider in order to save electricity is to buy sodium or mercury vapor lights. These are more expensive but are also a lot more energy efficient.
When installed properly, outdoor lights can enhance your home’s safety and security while also improving visual appeal to your property; a professional can help you come up with creative ideas to achieve your goals without having to compromise on looks.
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