Why compromise the security of your home when you can install security lighting to deter intruders and make your property less of a target for thieves?
Recently, we happened to visit a home in Geelong whose owner requested us to replace the fused bulbs of their security lights. “Smart move”, we told him.
Leaving your home dark even for a short time, could be an open invitation to burglars.
Installing security lights and outdoor lights in general, is one of the many ways you can keep your home safe.
So let’s take a look at some of the ways you can get the most out of your home’s security lighting and save it from falling prey to intruders.
1. Plan the ideal location to install security lights
Location is critical when it comes to installing security lights. Consider installing several low brightness security lights instead of a single bright light, as you want to cover all sides around your home so no one dares step near your property.
Leaving our blind spots, can make it easy for intruders to hide and break in at the first chance they get.
2. Determine the best height to install security lights
The higher the light is placed the more area it will cover. Also, consider the fact that intruders might actually tamper with your lights, so they can get in without being seen. Placing the light within easy reach, may tempt them to cut off the power supply or damage the lights altogether.
On the flip side, when you install the security lights too high, you would require them to be bright enough so the light doesn’t dims out even before it reaches the ground. Your electrician can help you guide on the best position of the light based on its brightness and the structure you need to mount it on.
3. Selecting the best security lights to install
White coloured outdoor lights look pretty, but they are not the best when it comes to deter burglars off your property.
As licensed electricians we recommend our customers to use white or clear bulbs as they tend to produce a much cleaner and brighter light, without casting shadows or distorting facts such as the colour of clothes the intruder was wearing.
4. Keep your lights well maintained
If there are any burned out bulbs, make sure to get them replaced at your earliest. Someone who is already keeping an eye on your property, might find this as the perfect opportunity to slip in while your lights are not working.
Also consider that outdoor lights do tend to collect dust. So to keep their brightness to the maximum, you might want to clean them from time to time.
Regular maintenance will keep them serving their purpose.
5. Don’t rely solely on security lights
While security lights are a good way to ensure your home has no blind spots for intruders to slip in, you might want to upgrade your defenses by installing security lights that have motion sensors or heat sensors to alert you as soon as someone steps near your property. Also consider installing a security camera or an alarm system to catch any mischief doers red handed.
Security lights are one of the most affordable ways to keep burglars at bay. But simply having a light may not be enough. You need to consider many factors including its location, positioning, brightness, colour and maintenance to keep them working as they should and serve the purpose they are installed for.
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