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Outdoor Lighting and Security for your Home

Jan 07, 2014 | by Wendy Weinert

A home, for most people, is a place in which they can feel comfortable and relaxed. In order to accomplish this, they must also feel safe and secure inside, as well as when they're outside in their yard and driveway. As a result, people often seek out ways to ensure their safety by adding security features. The expense and complexity of these efforts can increase significantly depending on how people choose to go about it. Not all security measures, however, need to be expensive to implement. Lighting is one of the simplest and most effective ways that people can increase the safety of their homes. Additionally, the use of lights is relatively inexpensive and protects people not only from crime, but also from injury.

When a criminal contemplates breaking into a home, he or she may likely do so if the chances of getting caught are minimal. For this reason, a dark home presents an ideal opportunity that is attractive to thieves and increases one's risk of becoming a victim of a crime, such as robbery, vandalism, violence, or home invasion. Darkness provides a veil of protection in which a criminal can hide in wait and ambush a homeowner upon arriving home, or in which a window can be broken or a lock picked without risk of exposure. Lights lift this veil of darkness by illuminating and thus eliminating the dark shadows around the home, therefore making thieves more visible to neighbors and anyone who may be passing the home by foot or car.

When placing lights outside, it is important to place them strategically, so that they will be most effective. In all cases, lights should be placed near entrance ways, such as doors and at the rear of the home. Place lights anywhere there may be dark shadows around the house. Because light bulbs are easily broken, they should be placed high enough that they are beyond the reach of burglars. This not only makes it more difficult to break the bulbs, but it also prevents them from simply removing the lights as well. If energy usage is a concern, or if one does not want to leave a light on constantly, motion-sensing lights are an option. These types of lights will startle criminals by turning on only when movement is detected. Lighting the interior of the home also helps when it comes to securing one's property. A house that is dark inside is seen as an indication that there is no one home; however, a single light left on in one room can also alert a burglar to an empty home. When away from the house at night, place indoor lights on a timer. Set the timers so that they go on and off at various times in different rooms throughout the house, simulating activity within.

In terms of safety, proper lighting is needed not only to prevent crime but to also prevent injuries. Whether indoors or outdoors, lights can help people to avoid things that may cause them to trip, slip, or fall. Outdoor porch lights can help keep people safe from harm; for example, lights near a porch step can prevent a person from falling. A well-lit garage ensures that people are able to see clearly enough to walk safely from their vehicle to the house without injuring themselves on items that are stored within the garage. Inside of the house, homes with stairs should have lights that illuminate the steps to prevent falls in the dark. Lights not only help prevent people from slipping, falling, or tripping, but they also help reduce the chance of bumping into breakable or sharp objects or stepping on items that can injure the foot. Night lights in hallways and near bathrooms are useful, as they provide enough light so that people do not hurt themselves and/or disturb others.

Security and safety are important when it comes to the home. The use of lights is a common way to improve the safety of the home and is often recommended by law enforcement and security specialists. By installing lights both inside and outside of the home, people are greatly reducing the risk of becoming a victim of home robberies or other more violent crimes. In addition to reducing the risk of burglaries and invasion, lights also create an environment that allows people to see clearly and avoid accidents that can cause them minor to major injury.

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