8 ways to use lighting to improve home security

8 Ways to Use Lighting to Improve Home Security

December 21, 2022 by

Burglars are often attracted to a dark and dimly lit home. This is usually a sign that the home in question is vacant, everyone is asleep or no one is home. 

Lighting should be a top priority if you want to elevate security measures in and around your home. 

Good lighting tells potential criminals that your home is inhabited and is under surveillance by you, the homeowner.

Keep in mind that good lighting isn’t just about having the brightest lights on your street. It also means effective lighting solutions that illuminate both the inside and outside of your house. 

In this article, we will discuss further some of the best ways that you can use lighting to enhance your current home security. Keep reading to find out more, and to learn about what really deters theft and criminal activity. 

1. Keep dark areas well-lit

Without any lighting whatsoever, your home may appear dark and desolate to anyone looking at it from afar. 

This can make your home a target for thieves and criminals since much of their activity is best performed in dimly lit areas, where they are less likely to be caught.

When choosing lighting systems for your home, you want to make sure that any dark corners or areas are illuminated, giving potential thieves less opportunity to target your home. 

Place lighting strategically, and opt for flood lights to light up larger areas. Spotlights can also be placed around your home in specific areas that require direct lighting. 

2. Outdoor lighting

Regardless of where your home is located and what condition it is in, you will want to make sure you have some kind of outdoor lighting. 

Not only does it help create ambiance around your home, but it also signals to others outside that you are present in the house.

You will also be thankful for this type of lighting at night when you are searching for keys in your bag or bringing groceries in from the car. Arriving guests will be able to visibly identify your home and feel at ease walking up to your front door. 

3. Use LED light bulbs

In order to maintain cost efficiency and save money in the long run, remember to opt for LED light bulbs whenever possible. 

This is especially important if you are planning on having outdoor lighting running all night from dusk until dawn. 

4. Keep indoor lighting visible

While outdoor lighting is extremely important in deterring theft, indoor lighting is also crucial to maintaining an atmosphere of liveliness in the home. 

When outsiders or potential criminals can see the lights on inside the house, they will be less likely to approach the home or make it a target.

This signals that someone is home and that the house is being maintained and monitored by its owners. 

While you shouldn’t have to keep indoor lighting on 24/7, you can strategically set timers and create lighting schedules so that any potential thieves will be deterred by your apparent presence in the home.

5. Choose appropriate lighting

Make sure you choose lighting that is appropriate for your home layout and that it’s functional. This means strategically placing flood lights or spotlights based on what areas need to be covered. 

Spotlights are also a great option for a modern, clean look. Whatever you decide, make sure it goes well with your home and makes sense to you logistically. 

6. Motion sensor lights

Motion-sensor lights are a great security addition to any home. This is because they turn on when sensing motion and physical activity. 

They act as an extra security measure, as they can help alert homeowners to any activity going on around the home and on the property.

Homeowners usually install motion-sensor lighting around their front door and porch areas so that guests coming in/out are made visible and also welcomed by the addition of light. 

7. Use timed lighting

As previously mentioned, you can use timed lighting indoors whenever you plan on being away from your home for an extended period of time. However, you can also benefit from timed lighting outdoors from dusk until dawn.

This means that you can program your outdoor lighting to turn on once it gets dark and stay on all night. 

While it’s not something that you have to do, it can help give homeowners peace of mind and additional security. 

8. Don’t neglect your backyard

Last but not least, don’t forget to illuminate your backyard as well as the front of your house. This is something many homeowners overlook when it comes to lighting and security. 

Thieves can bypass the front of your home altogether if the rear space seems less well-lit or monitored. Remember to consider all angles and add lighting to your backyard as well.

Though lighting may seem like an afterthought when structuring your home’s security, it really does make a difference to your safety and peace of mind.

Don’t neglect lighting when it comes to improving your home security. Keep dark areas well-lit and focus on strategically disbursing light around the home.

For more information on home security systems and lighting to deter theft, please call Canadian Security Professionals at 1-877-494-9911 or contact us here

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