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How to Protect Your Home with Security and Landscape Lighting

Outdoor lighting can add beauty and dimension to a home, but it is also an integral part of an effective home security system. At Expert Electric, we know that the best security lighting allows for physical detection and facial recognition, minimizes hiding spots, and increases your sense of safety. That is why our team of licensed electricians want to help you protect your home with security and landscape lighting.

The Different Types of Outdoor Lights

When trying to decide which type of security light will work best for your home, it is important to look at options that are approved for wet and damp locations. The best types of security lights feature waterproof designs that are capable of withstanding the elements, such as humidity, rain, and snow. Some of the different types of security lights that are available for you to choose from include:

  • Floodlights – these security lights distribute a wide cone of light and are ideal for illuminating large spaces. This versatile fixture comes with one, two, or three adjustable heads for precise illumination.
  • Landscape path lighting – ideal for safely illuminating frequently used paths and walkways, as well as for illuminating trees and other architectural elements around your home.
  • Roadway luminaries – these lights are suitable for the general illumination and identification of your home.
  • Surface-mounted luminaries – ideal for general, accent, and decorative lighting on your home exterior.
  • Post luminaries – these lights provide ambiance lighting and are suitable for lighting driveways in order to welcome your guests.

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Where Should You Place Security Lights?

When designing a security lighting system, it is important to identify any potential safety and security risks by surveying your home’s perimeter and considering the impact of additional lighting in the surrounding areas. You should also take into account any local codes, such as light pollution. In order to determine your home’s lighting needs, you should:

Assess your home and neighbourhood

As your neighbourhood develops and grows over time, you should evaluate your home to determine if any additional safety and security measures are needed. You should consider the following factors when assessing your home and neighbourhood:

  • Know your value – pinpoint desirable or high-value items on the property, such as garden ornaments, statues, and vehicles.
  • Survey the land – examine the landscape and perimeter of your home at different times of the day in order to identify potential safety and security hazards. Look for dark areas or deep shadows around the home, garage, and yard that could serve as potential hiding spots.

Active vs. Passive Elements

Once you have thoroughly canvassed your home and identified areas that present safety and security problems, you will need to determine your lighting approach – active or passive.

  • Active elements – motion-activated light fixtures are active security elements because movement activates them.
  • Passive elements – light fixtures on timers are passive security elements because they are activated at the same time each day.

If you would like to learn more about how to protect your home with security and landscape lighting, or if you are interested in one of our commercial or residential services, please contact Expert Electric at 604-681-8338.