Security lighting is a great way to deter crime and increase the comfort, beauty and enjoyment of your home. Now, more than ever, homeowners report safety concerns as vandals, robbers, and worse are a constant threat. We have experienced a sharp increase in the number of requests for security lighting, particularly motion lighting. Generally, these requests come after a homeowner experiences a break-in either at their home or a neighbor’s home. We have discussed home security and prevention with several local law enforcement officials and their number one suggestion continues to be improved lighting.
Local building codes require homes to have lighting by each entrance or exit. Generally, these are sconce or hanging type lights and are great for illuminating the front of the home and deterring criminals. Of course, the lights have to be turned on in order to make a difference! Many homeowners rarely use their front doors and it is difficult to remember to turn those lights on and off every day. The solution is a timer or photocell lights. Timers can be installed at the switch location to turn the lights on and off for you, every day. The best time for lighting to be on is during the early evening hours when the lights will get the most use. Motion sensor sconce lights can be purchased at local hardware stores and are a great solution because they can be programmed to come on during the evening hours and then act like a motion lights the rest of the night. This helps you conserve energy while still providing light if there is an intruder, a household or neighborhood emergency, or a late night guest.