Adding Protection to your Home: Motion-sensor Lighting


Every home has dark spots around the outside of their home. The areas that need special attention are the entry points, mainly the entrance doors. You may choose an outdoor light that requires that you manually turn it on and off. These type however don't provide lighting on your trip into the home without first turning them on.

There is an option to install lighting that is controlled by photocells, that turn the light on when it gets dark, or timers, that turn the light on at a set time every night. But to help safeguard your home against unwanted visitors or to have light only when you walk up to your door or a predetermined area of the outside of your home, a motion-sensor light might be the better choice.

Motion-sensor lights are triggered by motion, not how light or dark it is outside. They are triggered by a sensing device that detects motion and that activates the lights to turn on. These are great theft detours since thieves don't like to be in the spotlight, rather they tend to want to sneak in inconspicuously. As someone approaches the home, the sensor picks up their movement and on goes the light, startling any intruder, which should cause them to think someone is home and rethink breaking in.

Positioning the motion-sensor light is critical for the effectiveness of its security function. (This is where hiring a licensed electrician with years of professional experience comes in handy) If the light is attached to the home low enough for a burglar to unscrew the bulbs or disable it, it will not be an effective deterrent. Be sure that is installed high enough that a ladder must be used. The motion-sensor light should also have two bulbs to ensure the light works if one bulb burns out.

Outdoor lighting is a great way to help you find your keys without fumbling for them in the dark. But what about the dark home you'll have to enter once inside? Don't fear! There is also a solution for that. It's called indoor security lighting kits.

They work by being placed next to windows, doors, or walk areas that someone will likely be traveling. The window option can be set up startling the intruder or more likely just helping you find your keys and enter a well lit house.

Since outdoor motion-sensor lights are located outdoors and subject to the weather's elements, they should be listed for damp locations and installed together with weatherproof boxes so they are unaffected by rain, sleet, snow, or other adverse conditions. (An experience electrician will make sure your fixture is install properly.)

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