A simple and relatively inexpensive way to protect your home from unwanted intruders is to install security lighting outside your home and to use timers to turn lights on and off inside your home. Thanks to Allen from YourLocalSecurity.com, an ADT authorized dealer, for this guest post with five easy tips to protect your home.
Lighting is a homeowner’s best friend when it comes to protecting home and property. Burglars love the darkness and feed on creeping around in the shadows. A poorly lit home reads like an invitation for them to commit a robbery. There is no such thing as having too much lighting inside and outside your home.
There are plenty of ways to get the most out of your interior and exterior lighting so you can turn your home into a secure environment for you and your family. Consider these lighting tips to discourage burglars from targeting your home:
1. Install motion sensors
Nothing startles a burglar and stops them dead in their tracks better than an exterior light suddenly flipping on as they are snooping around. When you install exterior lighting that operates on motion sensors, it gives the appearance that someone is home – even when no one is there.
Burglars canvas neighborhoods over a period of several days while they search for houses that are in the dark. Lights operating on motion sensors will encourage them to move on from your residence and choose an easier target elsewhere.
Exterior lights operating on motion sensors should be installed at the front and the back of your house. It is also a good idea to position lights at each corner of your house so that the motion sensors can catch anyone approaching from a side or an angle.
2. Use light timers
It isn’t enough to simply count on your exterior lights scaring potential intruders away if the inside of your house stays darkened over a period of several nights. Some burglars will eventually see through the ruse. Putting your interior lights on a timer solves this potential dilemma.
Timers operate on the same principle as motion sensors. They offer a burst of light inside your home at opportune times. It combines nicely with exterior lights to create the illusion that your house is occupied at times when you are away.
A timer makes it possible to turn on random lights at scheduled times during the night. The important thing is to use variation concerning when the lights switch on and off. Light timers should not offer predictability. Program the timers so they alternate between different rooms every few minutes each night.
3. Put lights out of reach
One of the main concerns of outdoor lighting is protecting it from tampering. Some burglars may get the bright idea to disable lights to make it easier to target your house. One simple preventive measure to this problem is to install lights in hard to reach places.
Install exterior lights on the corners of your house that can shine in more than one direction. With easy to reach lights, such as porch lights, it takes virtually no time at all for a burglar to simply unscrew bulbs, cut wires or otherwise tamper with them. Most burglars are not going to take the time to climb a ladder and disable lights. Their goal is to not draw attention to themselves.
For sensor lights set in the ground along walking paths or the driveway, install protective plastic casings over the visible portion. This will make them less prone to being damaged by an intruder.
4. Use multiple lights everywhere
There is no need to string lights all over your property like it is Christmas for the entire year. Still, the holidays do offer a good concept. Installing multiple lights works wonders in keeping your house and your entire yard well lit. Using more lights inside and outside sends the right message to burglars and lets them know your residence is off limits.
Many homeowners place lights in the ground around trees, along walking paths and on both sides of their driveway. Another good option is to install ground lighting around the house itself. The light beams will cast a glow on the sides of the house and compliment flood lights and other exterior lights.
5. Choose energy saving bulbs
Meeting your lighting needs for protecting your home does not come cheap. Your energy bill will naturally rise when you employ multiple lights to deter burglars from breaking into your residence. One of the best options for cutting costs is to purchase and use energy saving light bulbs for your indoor and outdoor lights.
You can find a variety of LED lights and other types of energy saving light bulbs that use more efficient technology than a typical incandescent or fluorescent lamp. Not only do these light bulbs cost less to operate, they also have a longer life. It means you save money in more ways than one because you will spend less time replacing burnt out light bulbs during the year.
About the Author: Allen writes for YourLocalSecurity.com, where you can find much more information on home security and great deals on a home security system.