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Feeling Safe in Your Home: Security Lighting

Let’s face it, Northern Virginia neighborhoods can get very dark when the sun goes down. Though it can make for a serene and tranquil setting, it also can be very hard to see anything. Everyone wants the peace of mind that their home is a safe place, free from crime, theft, or other unwanted mischief. One way to enhance your home’s security is to add light to the exterior of your home. This is because homes without security measures such as alarms and outdoor lighting are up to 300% more likely to be vandalized!

Home security statistics tell us that burglars will usually bypass a house if it requires too much effort. Adding light will make it more difficult for them to get onto your property and access your home without neighbors seeing them, thereby deterring potential intruders from making your home a target.

Lighting your residence can bring together beauty and the function of security, giving you peace of mind while providing beautiful curb appeal.

Here are some tips about outdoor security lights:

• The primary characteristics of most security lighting are that it’s bright and it’s mounted higher than other lights — which helps it cover a larger area.

• The most effective and efficient security lighting will be equipped with automatic controls, as they should provide the light when it is needed.

• All outdoor fixtures need to be weatherproof, weather resistant, and if they will be exposed to water — suitable for damp locations.

• 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.

Outdoor security lights need to be installed so that they will provide light where you want it. A professional lighting designer, such as Outdoor Lighting Perspectives of Northern Virginia, will know how to strategically light your property to accomplish security, safety and beauty, while considering the use of the space; so that you can achieve your lighting goals for your home.

If you have any questions about security lighting or would like to discuss your outdoor lighting needs, please feel free to contact us at (703) 936-7190.