As the days get shorter and winter approaches, it is more important than ever to have adequate outdoor lighting at your home. At points during the winter it is dark more than it is light, making it necessary to add artificial illumination. While some lighting is used for ambiance and aesthetics, offering a warm glow, lighting for safety and security should have function as a top priority. Here are some tips for adding outdoor lights to improve your safety and security at home.
- Light walk areas. Anywhere you need to walk should have lighting available. This includes walkways to both your front and back door, as well as to outdoor entertainment areas. Use motion detected lights for areas that are rarely used.
- Security lights for vulnerable areas. To keep intruders at bay, set up motion-detected security lights at areas where someone could otherwise slip onto your property undetected in the dark.
- Add remote access. Many advanced lighting systems now can be controlled through Wi-Fi, making it even easier to turn on or off your outdoor lighting as needed. This can allow you to override your timed lighting from wherever you are if needed, right from your smartphone or computer.
- Bulbs. When installing lighting, consider that your bulbs will need to be changed. When possible, have lights installed where it is easy to access the bulbs. Also use long-life, energy-efficient bulbs for convenience and to save on energy costs.
To get your home ready for the long nights ahead, call your local landscaping contractor that offers outdoor lighting installation. They can help create a safe and secure system to light up the night for you and your family.
Posted on behalf of:
Mobile Joe’s Landscaping