Home Security Lights Dusk to Dawn

A Quick Guide


December 14, 2020

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If you’re looking for ways to augment your home’s protection, security lights are a great option. There are several points to consider when using lighting during nighttime hours to keep your home well protected. These include:

  • Proper placement of lighting fixtures

  • Knowing which lights work best at deterring thieves

  • Switching the timing of lights to keep people guessing

Read on to find out some tips when installing home security lighting to help to keep your home protected to the fullest.

Place lights in key areas

When placing lighting on your property, it’s important to keep fixtures at least seven feet from ground level. Failing to follow this simple step may lead to a burglar simply removing bulbs to keep the area dark. Making it difficult to unscrew the bulbs will make the property less inviting to would-be robbers.

Instead of relying on one light, use several different sources. This will illuminate a larger area of your land, making it more difficult for a thief to blend in with the surroundings. You want to make the area well-lit enough to capture the features of someone who trespasses, increasing the likelihood that they will be seen by someone in the vicinity or on footage captured by a surveillance camera.

Make sure to position lights so they shine a light on the entryways to the home, as well as any other structures (such as garages or sheds). A light illuminating the driveway or sidewalk leading up to the home will also help to keep people from getting too close to the home and avoid being noticed.

Inside of the home, it’s generally a good idea to use any type of lighting that will make a thief believe you’re home. You can also obscure windows with curtains or drapes to help make the interior less visible to those on the outside of the home when lighting is in use.

Use the right type of lighting

When using outdoor lighting, select sources that illuminate large areas. Floodlights provide plenty of lighting, making it harder for a thief to hide without being detected. In addition, motion detection lights brighten areas quickly. If someone makes a sudden movement, these lights will trigger, illuminating the area where a perpetrator is located. This will cause the person to leave the area rather than putting themselves at risk of exposure.

Lighting inside of a home should be bright enough to be seen from the exterior. Dim lighting is more difficult to notice, heightening a home’s risk for theft. Make sure to check on bulbs often and replace those that are no longer working so lighting is always available.

Use timing devices so your lights are on when you need them

Lights on timers are great at ensuring a home and its surrounding property always have ample illumination, even when darkness sets in. It is best to switch the light’s timing frequently, so a pattern is not recognized. The lights placed on timers should also be swapped with an undetectable timing pattern. This will make people in the area wonder if someone is at home, helping to keep robberies at bay.

If you are interested in finding out more about security features, call Brinks Home™.

Lauren Slade is a Dallas-based writer and editor.

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