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Outdoor Security Lights To Ward Off Intruders

Updated on December 19, 2010

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We are all concerned with what goes on outside of our homes during the night while we are not home or when we are asleep. While it is not always a sure-fire tactic, the good news is that there is are ways to ward off intruders and therefore keep your home more safe.

Simply installing security lighting will undoubtedly have a big impact on the chances of your home being invaded.  A would-be intruder will have a hard time choosing your home if it is well lit because the chances of them getting caught are much greater.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Cost Benefits of Installing Security Lights

Installing outdoor security lights for houses is much less expensive than mounting an outdoor security camera and running all of the necessary wires and cables for its operation. For an outdoor light, you may need to have an electrician run some electrical wire to it, but there are other options as we'll explore below.

There are no monthly fees involved with running lighting, if your light is not solar powered the only cost that you will regularly incur is the amount of electricity to power it. Compare that to the costs of having a monitored alarm system where you need to pay a company every month to continue your service. Plus, the light will usually only need to be lit at night and will thus only usually electricity at night. This would result in a substantial energy savings over time when compared to a camera, as the camera needs to be running all the time.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Different Types of Outdoor Security Lights

​There are many different kinds of lights to choose from, and it is best to do a little research on each type so you will find the one that best suits your needs.  Here are a few options that are worth knowing a little about:

LED Outdoor Security Lights - LED lights are a great choice because they can be extremely bright.  But, the best thing about them is that the lights last for a very long time, typically 25,000 hours and up before their light begins to dim.  So, if the light is on for an average of eight hours per night, it would be 3125 days before any difference in brightness would be noticed.  That's over 9 years!

Solar Powered Outdoor Security Lights - Solar outdoor security lights are another nice way to save some money and remain safe from intruders at the same time.  When it comes to ease of installation, these are the hands-down winner.  All you have to do is simply decide where you want to mount the light and follow the instructions that the manufacturer includes for recommended installation.  Most of the time, it's as easy as simply screwing it to the wall.

Solar lights have come a long ways since the days of dimly lit pathways that we remember from when outdoor solar lights were fresh on the market.  There are many models of lights that you would have a hard time recognizing as being solar.  Couple solar capabilities with LED bulbs, and you have an option that you will probably never have to think about again.

Motion Sensor Lighting - Lights that light up only when they detect motion will save you a lot of money as well.  Make sure you pay special attention to where you install these, though.  Sometimes, it is possible to put it too close to a bedroom window and you will quickly become annoyed with the light kicking on in the middle of the night - small animals can easily trigger a motion sensor and you will soon find yourself leaving it switched off more often than not.  So, pick an area that it won't bother you when it turns on.  Use dimmer more indirect lighting for areas outside of bedroom windows.

Conclusion​​​

When you are considering different ways to protect your home, don't forget about outdoor security lights.  If you use a little planning when installing your lights, it can look very attractive, too.  Security lighting doesn't always have to be a spot light pointing down on the entry way of your home.  They can be placed in the landscaping, along pathways, and inset into the soffet of your home as well.  The goal is to keep the dark spaces around you home lit so it is not an attractive target for would-be intruders.

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