Ensuring the safety and security of your property should be one of your top priorities as a homeowner. A well-lit property can deter potential intruders, improve visibility for security cameras, and make it easier for you to identify any suspicious activity.
In this article, we’ll discuss how you can use external lighting to improve the security of your property. For any questions or advice for on fitting external lighting gives us a call or drop us an email, we’re happy to help.
Types of External Lighting:
Before we delve into the factors to consider when choosing external lighting, let’s first discuss the different types of external lighting available.
Floodlights: Floodlights are powerful, high-intensity lights that can illuminate large areas. They are often used to light up driveways, backyards, and other large outdoor spaces.
Motion Sensor Lights: Motion sensor lights are activated when they detect movement. They are commonly used as a security measure and can help deter potential intruders.
Pathway Lights: Pathway lights are low-intensity lights that are installed along walkways, driveways, and other outdoor paths. They are often used for aesthetic purposes but can also improve visibility and safety.
Factors to Consider When Choosing External Lighting:
When choosing external lighting for your property, there are several factors to consider.
Brightness: The brightness of the light should be suitable for the area you want to illuminate. A floodlight, for example, is too bright for a small pathway.
Energy Efficiency: Look for energy-efficient lighting options to reduce your electricity bills, with the cost of energy increasing this is a really important factor.
Durability: Outdoor lighting should be weather-resistant and able to withstand harsh elements like rain, wind, and snow.
Style: Choose lighting fixtures that complement the style of your property, styles such as modern or traditional.
Where to Install External Lighting:
The placement of your external lighting is just as important as the type of lighting you choose. Here are some areas where you should consider installing external lighting.
Entrances: Install lighting fixtures near your front and back doors to improve visibility and deter potential intruders.
Walkways and Paths: Pathway lighting can help improve visibility and prevent accidents.
Backyard and Outdoor Spaces: Floodlights can illuminate large outdoor spaces like backyards and patios.
Maintaining Your External Lighting:
Proper maintenance is crucial to ensuring your external lighting remains effective and efficient. Here are some tips to keep in mind.
Regular Cleaning: Clean your lighting fixtures regularly to remove dirt, debris, and other obstructions.
Replace Bulbs: Replace burnt-out bulbs as soon as possible to ensure your lighting remains effective. This should be a easy task but do contact us if you are not confident, especially with if the lighting is at height and needs ladders.
Check Wiring: Regularly check the wiring of your lighting fixtures to ensure they are not damaged or frayed.
Q: How do I choose the right brightness for my external lighting?
A: Consider the area you want to illuminate. A floodlight is too bright for a small pathway, while a low-intensity pathway light may not provide enough illumination for a large backyard. BN Electrical can assist with making recommendations.
Q: Can external lighting be installed by a homeowner, or should I hire a professional?
A: External lighting can be installed by a homeowner, but if you are not comfortable with electrical work, it is best to hire a professional. All our work is fully tested and a professional no hassle job is always gauranteed.
Q: What should I do if my external lighting is not working?
A: Check the wiring, replace burnt-out bulbs, and clean the fixture to remove any debris or obstructions. Again give us a call with any external lights that are not working correctly and one our team can assist,
Outside lighting can make a huge difference to the property from an aesthetics point of view but also from a safety aspect. Give BN Electrical Services a call and let one of our team assist you with any projects you are looking at around the home.