When most people think of home security, they think about alarms, door locks, and surveillance. However, did you know that a well-lit exterior is your home’s first line of defense when it comes to break-in prevention?
In a study conducted by US criminology experts, over 400 incarcerated burglars were asked about what typically deterred them from breaking into a home. The most commonly mentioned factor was a lack of hiding places on a well-lit property.
Drive around most any neighbourhood in Canada and you’ll notice that homes are equipped with only two or three front exterior lights: one over the front door and one or two over the garage. These are usually just the lights that came with the house.
When you stand outside of your home at night, do you find a lack of hiding places on a well-lit property? If the answer is “no”, you may want to reevaluate your home’s exterior lighting scheme.
How to Illuminate Your Home’s Exterior
Your home should have a well-thought out exterior lighting scheme that provides accent lighting for your landscaping and security. When planning your home’s exterior lighting, consider these purposes independently. More often than not, the lighting used to highlight your landscaping will not be sufficient for security purposes, while security lighting generally does very little to showcase your prized rose bushes.
Your home’s exterior security lighting should be mounted in areas that will deter potential intruders. This means placing lights beside all entry points and in other areas where someone might try to hide.
A good way to create a secure lighting plan without significantly increasing your home energy costs is through the use of High/Lo Motion Activated Lighting. This type of lighting combines the continuous security of dusk-till-dawn lights with motion activated functionality.
The dusk-till-dawn lighting operates at a much lower intensity than typical lights of this variety. Then, if something triggers the motion sensor, the lights will become more intense. This type of lighting utilizes much less energy due to the fact that it spends the majority of the time in low intensity mode.
Landscape lighting keeps pathways and gardens illuminated. It improves your home’s curb appeal and can also help prevent trips and falls by lighting a clear path along commonly used walkways.
There is an extensive selection of landscape lighting options available to Canadian home owners, from low intensity to solar, spot lights, flood lights, directional accent lights and everything in between.
If you’re ready to start rethinking your home’s external lighting, your next step should be to contact a local lighting contractor. An experienced outdoor lighting contractor will be able to talk to you about devising a lighting scheme that will work best with your home’s specific security needs, while maintaining or improving its curb appeal.