Tips for Protecting Your Home With LED Security Lights

Adding security lighting is the number one step homeowners can take to protect their property from unwanted intruders. Statistics show that burglars bypass targets that are difficult to access without being noticed. A well-designed security lighting system can make would-be robbers think again before approaching your property. This guide will show you how to create an effective, low-cost LED security lighting system for your home or business.

Use many smaller lights rather than fewer, more powerful lights

Big, powerful flood lights are good for open spaces, but can sometimes leave shadows if there are obstacles on your property like buildings and trees. Using a combination of LED flood lights, area lights and wall packs will reduce shadows and blind spots that intruders can use to hide.

Keep lights high and out of reach

It’s important to make it difficult for burglars to tamper with your security system. Many thieves will plan heists for several weeks and finding a way to disable security lights is often a top priority. Even the best security lighting can be rendered useless if an intruder is able to incapacitate the system. Keeping lights high and out of reach will make it difficult for your system to be tampered with. Placing lights high will also soften the light for a pleasant look and increased coverage.

Use Motion Detector Lights

Motion detector lights are an effective way to scare off intruders. Burglars will be on edge during a robbery and having a light flick on as they walk by is often times enough to scare them away. A good combination of LED spotlights and motion detector lights will work to keep intruders off of your property and scare away those who choose to enter.

Focus on Entrances and Exits

Most criminals seek out targets that can be accessed at night without being seen. Ensuring excellent light coverage at all entrances and exits will deter criminals from planning a robbery at your property.

Why LED?

Efficiency: LED lights offer exceptional efficiency and are more cost-effective in the long run. An LED light fixture will use 90% less electricity than an equivalent incandescent. This is also important if your security lights are forced to run on a backup generator. Less energy draw means your lights will last longer on a limited supply of power.

Longevity: A quality LED bulb can have a useful life of 25,000 hours or more. This is more than 25 times long than traditional light bulbs. Safety: LEDs run cooler than conventional light sources and are therefore less of a fire hazard. Durability: LEDs lack filaments or glass enclosures, making them more durable than traditional alternatives. Same colors as traditional bulbs: LEDs can achieve the same colors as traditional bulbs. Use the Kelvin temperature color scale below to help identify the hue a bulb will produce.

New and Handy Ways to Light Up Your Garage or Workshop

A garage or workshop can be downright dangerous if you’re stuck in the dark or have little light. Not only that, but you probably won’t be very handy or productive without decent lighting. A well lit garage is safer and can make your work more fast and accurate as well. Luckily, there are a few types of lights available these days that make your garage a more hospitable environment for whatever project or fix that you need to work on.

LED Work Lights

A halogen work light is the traditional way to light up a garage, as you get a ton of light in a fairly portable form factor. However, halogen lights can be difficult to move around, not necessarily from their weight, but from the fact that they are always hot to the touch. In fact, they get hotter and hotter the longer they are used. Many people even end up burning their hand when trying to handle these lights due to their heat. This can also be a fire hazard should you leave the light unattended or near something flammable. Good thing LED work lights were invented then. LED work lights are smaller and more portable than traditional halogen work lights, but have many other advantages. First, they won’t burn your fingers when you touch them. In fact, LED’s generate very little heat at all. Also, LED’s are much smaller bulbs than halogen based lamps, therefore they can be brighter with less weight, and therefore much more portable. LED’s are also immensely durable for any project.

Battery Operated LED Lights

Another handy option that is great for any dark space around a garage is a battery operated LED light. These lights run on batteries, usually AA or triple A and can be hung, stuck or attached to any space around the garage that isn’t feasible for an electrically powered light. Some examples include inside of cabinets, inside of drawers, above or below a work desk, in between storage areas or hallways. There are also battery operated lights which have a motion detection feature, making them turn on as soon as you or someone else move near the light, and automatically turn off when no movement is detected for a period of time. These types of lights are great for a dark pathway or hall where there might not be an electrical outlet. These can also be handy inside storage bins, closets or drawers, as you don’t need to bother with turning a light on and off while you work.