If you’re like most homeowners, keeping your family and your home safe is one of your top priorities. Unfortunately, crime is a reality we all have to deal with. The chances your property will be targeted by criminals one day is possible. According to the FBI, a burglary occurs every 18.2 seconds somewhere in the United States. While this might sound intimidating, there’s good news! According to experts, adding security lighting fixtures to your home can help you protect your family and your home because it deters criminals.
Types of Security Lighting
Consider having the following lighting fixtures installed
- One-switch exterior lights. What do you do if you hear something outside, but you’re not sure exactly where it is? Usually, you have to walk around your home switching on your lights one by one. This gives whoever’s out there plenty of time to run away and hide. However, if you have one-switch exterior lights installed, then all you have to do is flip one single switch for all your lights to come on simultaneously! It’s a brilliant way to scare burglars away. Plus, if you have a home security system with video cameras, the lights will make it much easier for the cameras to capture the burglars’ faces, which in turn makes it easier for the police to do their job when you report an attempted break-in.
- Sensor-activated driveway lighting. Any burglar that can approach your home under the cover of darkness will do so. But if you install sensor-activated lighting along your driveway, nobody will be able to come near your home undetected. As soon as they set foot on (or drive their vehicle onto) your driveway, the lights will come on. This also has the added bonus of providing invited guests with sufficient lights when they visit your home in the evenings.
- Sensor-activated porch lighting. Of course, a burglar can always completely avoid your driveway and sneak up to your home through your yard or garden. Now, since the majority of burglars like to enter the home through a door, that’s where your next layer of lighting defense should be. If you install sensor-activated porch lighting on your front and back doors, as well as any side doors, it will scare off any criminal who tries to pick your lock and enter your home.
- Interior lighting with timers. Another major deterrent for burglars is the presence of residents in the home. After all, an empty home is a much softer target than one where the family is watching TV in the next room. To make it look as if you’re home even if you’re not, install a timer on your interior lights. That way, any burglar observing your house will think you’re home.
As you can tell, home security isn’t just about burglar alarms — it’s also about interior and exterior lights. So, if you want to provide your family and your home with an additional layer of safety, contact your electrician and ask for a quote for security lighting fixtures as soon as possible.