Security lighting can keep your home safe AND provide peace of mind. Here’s what you need to know about installing it.
Security lighting is a simple, inexpensive way to upgrade your home. Not only is this a good investment (it will increase the resale value of your home), it can keep your household safe now. Security lighting will give you peace of mind and act as a watchdog for suspicious activity near or around your property. Although a well-placed security light may not be as cute as a real watchdog, it does the job well — and doesn’t require any bacon treats. Unlike an alarm system, security lighting typically does not alert you to a predator’s presence. Instead, security lighting stops suspicious activity before it even starts, acting as a deterrent or barrier for prowlers. It’s a great innovation in home security!
But what kind of security lighting is best? What brands should you trust? How much and where should you install security lights? We’ve got answers for you: Here’s everything you need to know.
What Is Security Lighting?
There are two main types of security lighting. You may choose one or both of them in combination. Having both installed could be very helpful for those with larger properties, or many areas to safeguard. Here is the difference between the two.
Continuous security lighting is “on” all the time. This can be as simple as a post lamp or two along a walkway, or a floodlight at the top of your driveway. Continuous lighting can be controlled with toggle switches inside or outside of the house, and can be turned on or off whenever you want. You may find this option especially helpful if you are traveling, or will be away from your home for a set period of time.
However, you may not want continuous security lighting on your property if the light location is nearby a bedroom or living space. The stream of light may disturb your sleeping pattern. If used constantly, it can also raise your energy bill.
Motion Sensor Lighting
These lights are permanent fixtures, but turn on only when triggered by movement. Depending on the model and type, motion sensor lighting can be set to pick up movement at a specific distance. Homeowners often find it helpful to set the length of time that the light will be on once it is triggered. For example, you may choose to leave the light on for 10 minutes to deter suspicious activity. Some folks prefer a quick “on and off” setting, that merely startles an intruder, then turns off.
A potential downside of motion sensor lighting is that it does not differentiate between types of motion. This means that blowing leaves and forest friends such as deer or rabbits could trigger the sensor, which could become irritating. (If you are a gardener, however, this could be your saving grace!)
Where Should I Install Security Lighting?
What’s the best place for home security lighting? Generally speaking, the front of your property is already well-lit and highly-trafficked. The sides and back of your home are more vulnerable to prowlers, so this is where you should focus your efforts in security lighting. Near and around bushes is a particularly helpful spot. A floodlight will provide the most full lighting, and can illuminate an entire yard area with ease.
What Is The Best Security Lighting Brand?
The secret about security lighting brands is that the type of light does not matter so much as the technology behind it. Here at Blanton’s, we love Nest products. Nest makes a variety of home surveillance and security products, such as cameras and smart home alarm systems. Using these in combination with your security lighting will ensure a safe and efficient home.
Are you considering installing security lighting at home? As you research products and varieties, remember that your family’s safety and your peace of mind are paramount to living well. Security lighting is a very low-impact, low-cost way to invest in a calm, safe environment — something we all deserve.