Outdoor lighting is an excellent way to highlight the features of your yard, but did you know that it can also offer a security “blanket” for your home? Bright lights will deter would-be thieves, as it makes it difficult to conduct their work without being spotted. Here are some tips on what to look for in security lighting and how you can keep your home and yard safe from intruders:
Location, Location, Location
Security lighting needs to be strategically placed in order to be effective. Placing a spotlight on your cherry blossom tree is a gorgeous aesthetic, but won’t do much to shake off potential thieves. You’ll want to place your lights in two major areas:
- Near entrances. All windows, doors, and anywhere else an intruder could enter your home should be covered with lights.
- In dark areas. Is the pathway leading to your side door shrouded in darkness? You may want to light up the area.
In addition, you’ll need to install the lighting high enough that it covers a fair-sized area.
Make it Automatic
Having automatic controls is a great way to increase your security levels. Consider utilizing either timed lights or motion sensor ones. For some timed lights, you can set them for slightly different times each night to ensure that anyone casing your home doesn’t recognize a pattern. Motion sensor lights are a great way to scare off interlopers who are nearing your property. As soon as they get close, they’ll be lit up like the fourth of July and, if they’re smart, hightail it out of there as fast as possible.
Finding a Balance
With all that in mind, it’s important not to light up your house like the Griswold’s in National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Just make sure that your inner Chevy Chase doesn’t get too excited at the prospect of setting up a lighting system. Too much light won’t only be annoying for your neighbours, but may actually spotlight your home to potential thieves. This is where a qualified electrician like the ones at 4 Star Electric can help advise.
Some homeowners choose to use security lighting on its own, while others use it in tandem with a home security alarm system. However you intend to use it, consider how a little bit of lighting can save your property from a lot of trouble. Call us today for advice and professional installation at 403-248-0037.