Posts Tagged ‘Outdoor Lights’

Home Security Lights

April 30, 2010

Unfortunately, in this day and age, you can never be too careful when it comes to home security and the safety of your family. The world isn’t what it used to be, and with these changes we have to make changes and adjustments ourselves. Many families have opted to install a home alarm system
in order to feel more secure. Choosing a home security system can be overwhelming. You have to pick the company, the features, the coverage, and the equipment. It can be a lot of information, but it is important to read up on the options out there, so you can make an informed decision about what your best option is. One of the more popular pieces of home security equipment is home security lights. This article will give you the facts about security lights so you can decide if this type of equipment might be right for you.

What? Home security lights are outdoor lights that are used at night to illuminate your home. There are many different kinds of security lights. Different kinds offer different types of bulbs. Some are equipped with halogen bulbs, while others use LED light. Some are wired into your home, and others also offer solar powered functioning. They can also vary in terms of brightness and size. Security lights almost seem like they are too simple of a security concept. It’s just a light, after all. But if you think like an intruder, the last thing you want when you are going somewhere you shouldn’t be going is a giant, bright light shining down on you and identifying you to the entire neighborhood.

Where? Security lights are generally used outdoors. They can be placed anywhere the resident chooses. Some of the most popular locations are front and back doors, and garages. It depends on your need. If you have a tool shed or a guest house in your backyard, this might be the perfect place for a security light.

When? Most security lights are equipped with motion detectors that cause the light to go on when any movement is detected. This is ideal if the security lights that you have chosen are particularly bright. You want to be safe, but you also don’t want to have an eye sore in your neighborhood. Motion detectors can also help with the electricity bill since you won’t have to pay to have the porch light on 10 hours a day. Although motion sensors are quite popular, there are people who opt to have their security lights on all the time. This is also an option, if you so choose.

Who? Security lights don’t discriminate, so whether you’re a neighbor out for a late night stroll, a teenager coming home from a night out with friends, or an intruder with bad intentions, if you trip up the motion detectors the security lights are going to come on.

Home security lights can be a great supplement to a home security system, but if you really want to feel secure, security lights should be just one feature in your system.

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Outdoor Lights That Beautify Your Home

April 21, 2010

The term outdoor lights means different things to different people.  If you float the term at a builders convention, most will tell you that they hang a light by the front door, one by the back door, and one under the carport  if one is built on the home.  They will also tell you the reason for the lights on the outside of a home is because they are required by code.  Otherwise, they would likely not put even the porch lights on a newly constructed home.  The more high-end builders will, of course, have a different answer and will address the different aspects of lighting a property for security, safety and the enhancement of the beauty of the property.

While code requires outdoor lights for reason of safety, the other aspects are no less important if your intent is to have a more attractive and enjoyable quality of life for you and your family.  When designing or searching for a new home, people spend countless hours researching and viewing many different spaces, paint colors, types of hardware and the multitude of available appliances.  So why not put the same effort into a well conceived outdoor lighting plan.

When lighting your property for safety, be sure to light the paths and walkways that people utilize when wandering about your property at night.  This will prevent accidents and also help keep you out of court.  You sure don’t want to have to defend a lawsuit when someone trips because they couldn’t see that extra step on the walk leading to your front door.

Outdoor lights also provide for the security of your property by making it less attractive to a passing intruder.  Many police departments believe that a residential property that is equipped with low levels of lighting provided all night around the outside of your home will make a burglar bypass your house and continue to one that is easier for him to hide and go unnoticed.

Finally, a well designed and implemented outdoor lighting plan will beautify your home and make you the envy of your neighborhood.  Lighting your home’s architectural features, that specimen tree and other landscape or prominent features on your property will help make your outdoor lights more than just some builder’s after thoughts.