Ideas for Better Landscape Lighting and Security
For many homeowners, outdoor lighting is a must have as they benefit a home in many ways such as providing sufficient lighting for parties and get-togethers. They also allow homeowners to safely move around their gardens or garages at night time. Perhaps the most important service that outdoor lighting does for your home is to provide much-needed security at night as it wards off burglars and thieves looking to steal valuable jewelry, appliances, and other household fixtures. It even works well at keeping your teenaged children from wandering away from home on school nights. If you are looking to buy a home or upgrade your existing home with landscape lighting, here are some ideas that may help.
Adding Lighting Fixtures in Key Areas of Your Home
Lighting fixtures such as spotlights, post lights, and stand-up lights work very well at enhancing certain areas of your landscaping. They also work well to illuminate key areas of your home where intruders are most likely to use. Putting multiple fixtures on all door entrances and windows will prove effective at keeping intruders at bay. You may also want to add some fixtures on the exterior of your home’s second and third floor, namely, window panes and balconies if there any.
Adding Security Accessories to your Landscape Lighting
To enhance the security provided by landscape lighting outside your home, you may want to invest on a security system that monitors all outdoor movement efficiently. With most home security systems, they can incorporate your landscape lighting into their functions. Some systems feature automatic illumination of landscape lighting with every outside movement. The sensors of most home security systems are very sensitive to the slightest movement. Incorporating your security system will allow you to catch any intruder before they entering your home, giving you enough time to inform the authorities.
Using LED lights on your Lighting Fixtures
For security reasons, it is always recommended that you leave your outdoor lighting system open at night to ensure the best home security. The disadvantage of leaving your lighting system open at night is it tends to cost a lot on energy. LED lights, while more expensive than traditional incandescent or fluorescent lights, use less energy and last substantially longer than conventional light bulbs which is very ideal for keeping your landscape lighting working overtime at night.
Adding More Light Fixtures on Walkways and Driveways
There are many times at night when you must go outside either to retrieve something in your car or to enjoy some quiet time in your garden or patio. You may even have children that like to play outside. To ensure total safety while walking, it is recommended that you increase the illumination of certain walkways and pathways outside your home so that your family members do not trip or fall on a hard surface. In addition to safety, having well-lit walkways does a lot to enhance your home’s beauty.