Properly placed exterior lighting around your home can help deter crime and enhance the beauty and value of your home. The experts at Watts & Holmes can help identify the ideal spots for lighting around your home and take care of all the necessary installation safely and professionally.
Flood Lights and Spot Lights: Some Things to Consider About Security Lighting
- The main objective of security lighting is to suddenly flood a dark area with light that will cause an intruder to retreat and leave your home or business alone. We evaluate the darkest, most “intruder-prone” areas to determine where security lighting should be strategically placed, particularly around entrance and exit locations such as doors, windows, gates and sliding glass doors.
- Intruders prefer dark hiding spots where they will not be noticed if you come out to check for them. These are typically located around shrubs and bushes around the sides and back of a home. Strategically-located, motion-sensing spot lights and flood lights can make these areas useless to criminals.
- A common and successful method for security lighting is to install 2-head flood lights with a sensitivity-configurable motion detector and photo cell. The photo cell saves energy by ensuring that the light only comes on when it is dark, and the motion sensor only trips when it senses movement in the area.
- Motion sensors can be tricky because they cannot always tell the difference between a passing neighborhood cat, the wind blowing through a shrub, or an actual intruder. Fortunately, newer models of motion-sensing flood lights and spot lights are being developed with sensitivity settings that can get closer to making the light turn on only when a person passes by the sensor.
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