A well-lit home is a safe home.
Letʼs discuss strategies and tips to get you started, whether youʼre a new homeowner or someone who just wants to start improving their own home security by using outdoor lighting.
Use light to make intruders visible
The goal of outdoor security lights is to present more risk to an intruder. It does this by making it so they canʼt work in the dark and will thus be more likely to be spotted.
A high risk of detection may be all it takes to motivate them to choose a target elsewhere. It doesnʼt have to be complicated and advanced systems that achieve this. Simple steps that anyone can take can be just as effective!
4 strategies for outdoor security lights (and tips too!)
GENERAL TIP: Outdoor motion-sensitive lights come in two main types. The type most people get is the simple off/on variety. But the other type, “high/low” (also known as “motion-sensitive with ambient light sensor”) can be particularly effective. These lights come on from dawn to dusk (triggered by the ambient light sensor) but at low brightness (to conserve electricity) and then jump to full brightness when the motion sensor triggers.
Make sure all entrances are lit. If all you have is a porch light on a switch, use it.
TIP: Replace your typical switched porch & other entrance lights with infrared motion-detecting lights.
Do this yourself for just the cost of the new light (which isnʼt much) or, if youʼre not too confident in your skills, any electrician can do it for you (and it will be a simple job to make it easy on your wallet).
Use motion-sensitive lights generously to take away hiding locations and the ability to work undetected.
TIP: Check the aim and settings for each light. When checking the aim, donʼt just look at the bulbs, but also check the aim of the motion sensor.
At one house, I recently saw a bulb pointing up into the sky on one set of lights and on another set, the light was set to come on for only 5 seconds when triggered. It was also mounted on a corner of the house with the motion sensor covering the corner area. Someone could quickly move around the corner to a side window and then work undetected! Those installations wonʼt be very effective.
Continuing the previous point, make sure all first floor windows and any locations are lit where someone might try climbing to reach upper floors.
Donʼt forget about your driveway, garage (both inside and out) or carport.
A tip for you to do tonight
I hope these give you some ideas.
Take a walk around your place at night (even if you already have outdoor security lights installed) and look for areas that might be vulnerable.