Security Lighting 101
Security lights, CCTV and motion sensor help boost security measures in residential and commercial properties. (Photo Credits)
Safety and security will always be a priority in any household, and so installing security lights can be an option to boost safety measures within the property.
The Family Handyman came up with a comprehensive article explaining how these security lights and motion sensors work. They also shred tips on how to go about choosing and using these security lights. Builders and Contractors
“Motion detectors are small electronic eyes that detect infrared waves—heat waves that radiate from moving objects. When the detector senses an object moving across its field of view—especially warmer objects such as people, animals and cars—it electronically turns on the lights. The motion sensing light stays on anywhere from 1 to 20 minutes, depending on how you preset the timer. Then the detector automatically shuts the light off unless it continues to sense movement. A photocell deactivates the motion sensing light during daylight hours. A motion sensored light has a semicircular field of view of up to 240 degrees and a distance range, adjustable on most detectors, that extends to 70 ft. or more. An outdoor motion sensor light will react to the movement of your dog, an approaching person, a passing car or sometimes even wind-blown leaves.”
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Best type of security lights
Home improvement website The Spruce also shared several tips in choosing the best security light for the home. They also shared factors to consider in choosing such an installation. Electricians
“The Bottom Line: (1) Outdoor security lights need to be installed so that they will provide light where you want it. (2) They should provide the light when it is needed; the most effective and efficient security lighting will be equipped with automatic controls. (3) All outdoor fixtures need to be weatherproof, weather resistant or if they will be protected from water, suitable for damp locations. (4) If the fixtures will also be part of the appearance of your home, they should be made in a style that complements the style of the home. (5) Use light bulbs that are dimmable if the light will be controlled with automated controls, especially if that includes a photocell.”
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Chron.com meanwhile shared some tips on using security lighting features at home. One of the tips they mentioned is to protect the security lighting fixtures once installed.
“No matter what kind of security lighting you have, without protection, all you will have is a couple of smashed light bulbs. Many businesses keep their lighting high atop light posts or inside the ceilings with clear plastic protecting them. Other businesses use mesh wire to protect lights from thrown objects or debris during storms. Invest in protecting your security lighting.”
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Security lighting is best installed by a licensed electrician contractor. This is to ensure safety and correct installation.
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