As the UK has long and dark winters, and darkness falls early for much of the year, outdoor security lights are a valuable addition to any property. Different kinds of outdoor lights provide burglary prevention as well as allowing residents to access the property more safely, whatever the time of night. Here are a few pointers on the decision processes you need to take in order to install security lights on a property.
1. Be Clear on the Benefits of Security Lights
If you need to sell the concept of security lights to a relative, or to a homeowner, you can persuade them with the idea that security lights valuably enhance the security of a home. They not only increase your feeling of safety but they make the property actually safer. Burglars are less likely to target a well-lit property. You also benefit from being able to see who is at the door and can more easily see to go up a path safely or navigate through a garden.
2. Investigate Motion-Sensitive Lights
In general, the best type of security light is one that is activated automatically when needed. Which is to say, the light comes on when a person steps into the area protected by the light. Not only will you get the impact of an immediate spotlight, but these lights also save energy and keep the costs of running the light down. There are a few different varieties of motion-sensitive lights including a passive infrared sensor (PIR) that gauges the infrared light emitted by people or objects. In a PIR motion detector the light switches on automatically when you or another person steps into the range of the detector. You need to place these lights carefully in order to benefit from the motion-activated sensor. For example, they are best set in entryways, or at the edge of a small garden. You can change the amount of time the light stays on once it has been triggered, and also the sensitivity of the detector.
3. Look at Different Floodlights
Electrical supplies for security lights include powerful LED bulbs that power a spotlight but remain environmentally friendly as they are energy-saving bulbs. If you are looking for the strongest light then a halogen spotlight is your natural choice as it emits a white light that closely resembles sunlight. Halogen bulbs are a popular choice for the outside of houses. And if you are looking for the most environmentally friendly option then a solar floodlight is your best option. Sunlight throughout the day charges the batteries, and then the light has the power to turn on at night when the sensor is activated. Solar lights are great for keeping your electricity bills down. Battery operated lights are good if you do not want to install mains lights and you have an outside area that is mostly shaded during the day.
4. Consider Safety Concerns
Not only do you need to consider the regular issues when you work with electricity, but you also need to take into account where the light is positioned and whether it will create glare or a safety hazard for other homeowners or neighbours. Carefully position the security lights where they will be safest and most effective.
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