The Happy Holiday: How to Use Strategic Lighting Installation to Protect Your Home While on Vacation
The Happy Holiday:
A simple and relatively inexpensive way to protect your home from unwanted intruders is to use the power of lighting, both indoor and outdoor lighting, to avoid the crime-inviting appearance of vacancy. With bags packed and your mind set on fun in the sun, protect your property with these strategic lighting installation tips:
Lighting Installation Tip #1: Use Motion Sensors
Exterior lighting that operates on motion sensors provides an unexpected surprise for would-be criminals and nefarious activities. Install motion sensors in both the front and back of your residence, as well as at each corner, to catch anyone approaching from any angle.
Lighting Installation Tip #2: Use Light Times
Exterior lighting operating on motion sensors is useless—or readily identified as a ruse—if the interior of your home remains dark. For this reason, vacationing homeowners should put interior lights on timers. However, avoid being predictable! Program the timers to alternate randomly between different rooms, every few minutes, each night. This will create the illusion of an occupied home.
Lighting Installation Tip #3: Ensure Lighting is Out of Reach
What good is a light if bulbs can easily be unscrewed, wires quickly cut, or the entire installation easily broken or otherwise disabled? Create a tamper-proof lighting system by installing your external lighting in high and hard-to-reach places. Also, place protective plastic casings over motion sensor lights that are used to illuminate footpaths, walkways and driveways.
Lighting Installation Tip #4: Use Energy-Efficient Lighting
Protecting your home with proper lighting does not come cheap. Naturally, your energy costs will increase when you employ multiple lights to deter criminal activity. Cut your energy consumption costs by using energy-efficient lighting, such as LEDs, in place of incandescent or fluorescent lamps. Not only do these lights cost less to operate, they also last longer.
We believe that you can never have too much lighting inside and outside your home. Once your strategic lighting is in place, be sure to check all installations and fixtures for burnout or other malfunction, before heading off for vacation.
Using these lighting installation tips will help keep your home from being a target. Give criminals a reason to pass you by: Vacation with peace of mind, while strategic indoor and outdoor lighting protects your home.