Home Security Lighting

Home security lighting is a useful deterrent to burglary: If you’re looking to make your home more secure both external and internal home security lighting can dramatically reduce your chances of being burgled. Here we outline the best home security tips for inside and outside

Home Security Lighting – Exterior

A useful addition to perimeter security can be exterior lighting, either manually or automatically operated. Lighting does have its limitations – burglaries often take place during daylight hours; if the light is activated, someone has to notice it – and take action. Lighting should be seen as an aid, but on its own, it is not sufficient to deter a burglar.

The most common form of lighting is passive infra-red which is activated when someone comes into its field of vision. The light can be set to stay on for a set time and then it will reset if the cause of its activation is no longer present. A passive infra-red unit can activate single or multiple lights.

Lights can be useful on the approach to a front or rear door or garage, not only lighting up if someone approaches your house, but also when you approach, so that you can see if anyone is lurking in the shadows. Do remember that lights can be activated by animals and neighbours. You don’t want the light to be activated every time your neighbours go into their garden or when someone walks past the front of your property. However, the field of activation can be adjusted. You must also make sure that your light does not intrude into your neighbour’s windows or those of passing vehicles – light pollution can often be at the center of many disputes.

An alternative is to fit low-pressure sodium lights which are operated by a photo-electric cell. This turns the lights on at dusk and off at dawn. It is a much less obtrusive light and although it is on all night, it can be cheaper to run than spotlights. These lights can be DIY fitted, but if you are not sure, it is essential that you contact a qualified electrical contractor.

A sensible arrangement of lights switched on inside the house whilst it is unoccupied can help to give the impression to a passer-by that the house is in fact occupied. A downstairs room with a drawn curtain is enough to suggest that the room has someone inside and that a burglary should not be attempted. A single light in the hall is not enough as a thief may guess that you are in fact away.

There are many automatic home security light devices available,  simple and extremely sophisticated.

These will turn lights on and off in random fashion and may even be set to control other electrical appliances such as the radio or television. Automatic switching will help to convince the casual thief that the house is occupied.

Most of the time security lighting will be all that is necessary to scare off a potential intruder. But do remember, lighting cannot work miracles. It is sensible to make sure that your physical defenses – the locks, the bars and window bolts – will resist attack. Let your neighbours know that you are out, and if you are a member of your neighbourhood watch scheme so much the better. You can also inform your local police station that you are away. If you are considering investing in a home security system, you can call to speak to one of our team and we will conduct a full site check before providing a quote.