There are several different ways that home lighting can be used to keep a building safe. Does this sound a bit strange? Perhaps it does, but when you think about it a dark and unlit building makes it seem empty and unoccupied. Dark and unoccupied buildings often become the targets of break-ins by burglars. If you don’t want your house or your business to be affected by intruders and you want to have peace of mind that your belongings are safe in your absence, you should consider ways to utilise home lighting to make the house appear occupied. This article provides ideas and tips on using lighting in order to keep your house or business safe.
The first thing that can help greatly in the battle to keep a building secure is to invest in a security light. Either the light can remain on all night or it can be on a sensor. Having the light on a sensor is the best idea because the intruder will not know it is there. When they are suddenly bathed in a pool of light the automatic response is likely to be to run away. If the security light is on the house and you are asleep inside, then the light could wake you up too which can prevent a break in from occurring. The security light should be placed on the outside of the house in a place where a break in is most likely to occur. This is often around the back of a house in a secluded space. You may also want one on the front however, especially if this is the only way to access the house at all.
Another way you should use lighting to protect yourself from break-ins is to leave one or two lights on in the house when you go away. The lights that should be left on must be seen from the outside if this system is to work. You can either draw the curtains and leave a light on or you can leave a hall light on that can be seen from the road. Although this might seem wasteful, it can be a big help because it makes the house or building appear occupied. At the very least it brings in the element of doubt which can be all that is required for an intruder to think again.
Having lights on timers can be a great way to protect your house whilst you are on holiday. The lights can come on for a few hours in the middle of the night (when break-ins are most likely to occur). For it to work effectively you should have more than one light coming on each night. If you want more security than these simple lighting measures then you should invest in an alarm system of some kind. These provide excellent security as not only do they act as a deterrent, but they also alert a local security company who can send around a guard to check everything is secure.
Going even further than lighting and alarms, you could also buy a CCTV camera or two and place them on the outside of your house. Large cameras act as deterrents, as do domed cameras where you can’t see the camera at all and which way it is pointing. Small, wireless cameras can be hidden completely from view which can work well if you want to catch an intruder in the act.
Home and business security is very important these days. If you want to save money on alarm systems or CCTV then you can use simple home lighting ideas and downlights to make the house or building appear occupied. There are also some good security lights available that can work well to protect the home.