If you’ve purchased a home automated system that includes automatic and motion sensor lights, congratulations: you’ve taken an important step toward securing your home. Burglars shy away from well-lit properties and often cancel their attack plans entirely if a motion sensor light takes them by surprise. Here how to make the most out of your outdoor security lighting.
Cover every entryway.
Make sure there is a light over every entryway. This means your front, back and side doors, as well as any windows that are low or large enough for a burglar to enter through.
Don’t leave dark spots.
Don’t leave any dark spots around your property. Burglars only need a few small, dark spots to dart around your property unseen. If you’re worried about spending money on too many lights, remember you don’t need to use extremely bright lights. You only need decent lighting to spot and deter burglars. You can use dimmer lights or just a few bright lights, and put them up high so they illuminate a larger area.
Illuminate your garden.
You may not think about illuminating the back of your garden, since it doesn’t touch your home, garage, or any other structure that can contain valuables. But a dark garden still gives a burglar a place to perch and keep an eye on your home, waiting for you to leave or go to bed.
Illuminate narrow side paths
Don’t underestimate what a burglar is willing to do to get inside your home. Even if you would never try to squeeze your body through that narrow path between the side of your home and the thorny bushes, a burglar will. Burglars don’t mind getting a few scratches in their pursuit of your valuables.
Put your lights at the right height.
It’s important to put your lights at just the right height. Place them high enough so they shine over more area, but don’t put them so high that their light won’t reach the ground. You also don’t want them low enough for burglars to tamper with.
Secure your power.
Make sure wiring for the lights, as well as power boxes, are hidden or locked up. If a burglar tampers with your power box or cuts your wiring, your security lights will become useless. Ideally, even parts of your security system (like the power box) will have their own security, like motion sensor alarms.
Regularly check bulbs.
You should regularly check your light bulbs to make sure none are broken, beginning to flicker, or dirty. Since your security bulbs sit outside, they’ll collect a lot of dust and debris, so it’s important to clean them regularly.
Beware of glare.
You really do not need devastatingly bright lights on your property. In fact, having extremely bright lights could be problematic. If you go out into your yard to check on a sound, a burglar could stand behind a bright light and you’d be blinded by the glare.
Don’t use colored lights.
Colored lights may create a nice ambiance, but they don’t accurately portray objects or people. If there is a witness when your home is burglarized, you want them to be able to correctly tell you what color the burglar was wearing, what ethnicity they may have been and any other identifying details. The witness may not be able to do this if your yard has colored lights that make details look different.
Opt for motion sensor.
While you may be tempted to keep your property lights on all night, it may be smarter to activate motion sensor lights. Remember that the human eye adjusts to whatever light it’s exposed to. Motion sensor lights could be a good tool to use against burglars. If their eyes have adjusted to the dark, but then a light flashes on them, they may become disoriented long enough for you to catch them and call the police.
Once you’ve spent the time and money on security lighting, you should make sure you’re getting the most out of them. Ensuring optimal placement and features could just be the thing that helps deter a burglar away.