I am going to give you some security lighting ideas.
Security lighting is one the best preventative measure that you can take for home security. This may include outdoor motion lights or lights that simply stay on all night, or any other lighting for burglary deterrence and nighttime security purposes. Peace of mind. Safety and security.
Why is security lighting so important? Because burglars/intruders, no matter their intention, do not like lights on at night. Pretty common sensible, right? It will expose them and will most certainly deter.
Security Lighting Ideas
First of all, I am a big fan of outdoor motion lights. As opposed to “always on” lights, a motion light will alert you (if you notice) that something’s moving outside…
My absolute favorite model (of which I have installed quite a few) is this one:
Note: This outdoor motion light senses 180° out to 60-feet!
…and has an additional sensor 360° down & all around (total coverage).
I wrote about the reasons why I firmly believe these are the best in the following article:
Mount Security Lighting High Enough
Security lighting should be mounted high and out of reach from vandalism. Sometimes a would-be burglar will preemptively sneak by your home while you’re away (at work?) and unscrew the bulbs just enough so they won’t come on at night. So if possible, mount them high enough so they can’t be reached without a ladder. Another reason is so the sensors can’t be pushed upward, so that they can’t sense anything but the sky…
Vandal Resistant Security Lighting
A rock or other object thrown at the light may break the bulb. Or again, someone could unscrew the bulb. They make specific “vandal resistant” light fixtures to mitigate those issues. Here’s an example of what I’m talking about:
>> Vandal Resistant Security Light
(view on amzn)
The More Lights the Better…
Common sense. Cover all avenues with light. Multiple lights of medium intensity will usually be better than fewer lights with high intensity. Why? Because more lights will bathe more areas. Strategic positioning. The technique will also provide more redundancy if one of the bulbs burn out for example.
Protect The Wiring
It is important to protect the wiring to your lighting in order to prevent tampering or disabling. Use conduit and/or bury wiring underground where possible. If wire is exposed, it can be snipped / cut.
Multiple Electrical Circuits
For multiple lighting, it is best to use multiple electrical circuits when installing security lighting in several areas. If one circuit trips out, you still have other live circuits to provide lighting.
Locked Outdoor Electrical Box
Check to be sure that the electric meter box is locked as well as the outdoor ‘mains’ circuit breaker box.
This was meant to give you some ideas. Here are a few more articles on the subject that you might be interested in:
Security lighting is a primary first defense against intruders. It should be one of your initial actions when it comes to your home security.