Exploring Outdoor Security Light Options

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Outdoor lighting is essential for security, but it is also a great way to decorate the neighborhood. In 2013, the FBI crime statistic indicated over 1.9 million burglaries racked up losses of $4.5 billion. Residential burglaries composed 74% of those problems. Homes which don't have sufficient lighting are a target for criminal activity. Here are some outdoor security options for you to try.

Motion Sensors

It is advisable to add motion sensors to the yard area with a two-bulb floodlight ranging from $15 to $70. However, if you choose to hire a professional, you could pay $30 to $250 for the addition. It is worth it if you aren't a qualified technician. You also need to maintain a yard that doesn't give the burglar a place to hide.

Yard Pole Lights

You will want to have a yard light as a welcoming point for guests when it is time for a visit. It is also a good way to observe activity in your yard. You can choose from many designs to please your individual needs and desires.

Front or Side Doors

It is essential to have sufficient lighting for the entrances to your home for several reasons. You need to avoid tripping on the steps, and you need the light boost to use the key. It is advisable to place two 120V lanterns on both sides of the door to enhance the area. It is better to use two smaller wattage bulbs versus one that is too bright.

Compact fluorescent bulbs last approximately ten times longer than incandescent bulbs while producing the same amount of light and use 1/3 less energy. A 15-watt Fluorescent bulb or 40-watt Incandescent lamp should be effective for the job.

Sidewalk Solar Lighting

Solar lighting is beneficial with its photovoltaic cells which need to absorb approximately 8 hours of the sunshine to charge its batteries. The nighttime lighting works best if the lights are in areas where you receive the most sunlight. You can place them along any of your desired areas that need extra lighting since the units don't require any special wiring.

Pool Areas

You can also supplement the pool area with solar lighting for a romantic evening or a yard full of friends during special events. A softer light will enhance the mood while excitement is created with the brighter wattages. You need to keep in mind it is essential to provide adequate lighting to prevent slipping in the pool or the surrounding areas.

Staircases and Stairwells

Chances exist for serious risks and falls if you don't have sufficient lighting in your yard, especially in the deck area. You need to provide extra lighting along the handrails, so you don't miss a step.

For more information, contact Williams Electric Supply or a similar company.

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