SECURITY CONSIDERATIONS IN RESIDENTIAL LIGHTING

SECURITY CONSIDERATIONS IN RESIDENTIAL LIGHTING What do you think when you see that an interior light is on in your neighbor’s house at night? Obviously, you assume that somebody is in the home. What if you notice that there is no light on? A house sunk in darkness in the night would simply give this […]


SECURITY CONSIDERATIONS IN RESIDENTIAL LIGHTING

image3-200x300What do you think when you see that an interior light is on in your neighbor’s house at night? Obviously, you assume that somebody is in the home. What if you notice that there is no light on? A house sunk in darkness in the night would simply give this idea that the house is empty; maybe the occupants are out on a vacation or working till late night. This is exactly what burglars and thieves look for! They search around for houses which give clear signs that there is no one inside.

Therefore your residential lighting plan must equip your home with appropriate lighting fixtures and systems to ensure the home security even for the times when you are out for the night. In this regard, the significance of both interior and exterior lighting should be kept in mind.

Security Considerations In Interior Lighting:

Many of us, as a security precaution, turn an interior light on while leaving the home empty at night.  In common terms, this is called a “burglar beacon”. But the fact is that, burglars also know this! They keep a watch on the house and when they notice that there is no movement and no lights are being switched on and off in other parts of the house, it gets very easy for them to figure out that there is no one inside.

A good practice is to leave more than one light on. For example, in a double storey house, it would look better if you turn on one light in the bedroom upstairs and one light in the TV lounge or study room on ground floor.

An even better option is to install timer switches on the lighting fixtures installed in major areas inside the house. A timer switch enables you to set on and off times for a light and it is a verygood idea to make the burglars perceive that someone is moving from one room to another.

In any case, make sure you close all the windows, blinds and curtains because otherwise, burglars would be easily able to peep inside and see that there is no one inside.

Security Considerations In Outdoor Lighting:

Outdoor lighting is an important component of residential lighting and is considered to be a very effective deterrent to burglaries and thefts. The outdoor areas especially near the main entrance, major windows all around the house and back yards are very critical because these are the areas where the break-ins mostly happen. The lighting fixtures in these areas should be installed in way which makes breaking or tempering with them, impossible.

Sometimes, the outdoor lights are installed at wrong angles and instead of enabling you to clearly see the view outside through the eye-hole or windows, they make you blind to the outdoor area with their glaze and illumination. The lighting angles should be therefore, given due importance while planning the exterior lighting.

If you do not plan to leave your exterior lights, switched on for the whole night, installing motion sensors with these lights will be a very good idea. The motion sensors will detect any movement around the area and will turn the light on. This is very effective for avoiding break-ins as well as for reducingelectricity bills

While the normal residential lighting reduces the security concerns by acting as a burglar beacon and increasing night time visibility, cleverly installed and wisely used indoor and outdoor lighting installations can eliminate almost all leverages that the burglars take due to loopholes in conventional lighting practices and systems in the houses.

 

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