Introduction to Outdoor Lighting
Introduction to Outdoor Lighting

Many studies have shown the effectiveness of outdoor lighting in the prevention of home break-ins. Efficient lighting will deter burglars, since it forces them to expose themselves at the time of committing a crime. A well lit premises makes it clear to burglars that they should go seek a different, less exposed target.

A study with surprising results was preformed during 1998 by professor Ken Pease of the criminology department at the university of Huddersfield in the UK. The study proved that using efficient lighting during the night, effectively reduced the crime rate during the day as well! This means that lighting the premises of one's home during the night will create a detering factor for burglars, and they will be less likely to break into such a home even during the daylight hours.

These fascinating results emphasize the power of a simple tactic, such as lighting, as an effective crime deterrent. There are three ways to illuminate your yard, each of which has its advantages and disadvantages. On this page I will briefly review the qualities of each of the outdoor lighting options.

I recommend that you read through the entire guide which I've written on each one of these options, in order to become better acquainted with the diverse solutions available in today's market, and in order to be able to choose the protective lighting solution most suitable for you.

Dusk to Dawn Lighting

This type of lighting turns on at dusk and turns off at dawn. The lights are turned on and off automatically by a light-sensitive photocell. This type of outdoor lighting is very popular nowadays. Continuous lighting during the night deters burglars and in many instances causes them to move on past your home.

The obvious downside of the dusk to dawn solution is the high consumption of electricity; such a solution would normally call for several strong bulbs, burning all night, every night. This problem can be partially overcome by using weaker light bulbs or energy-saving bulbs, such as, for example, fluorescent lamps. Additionally, a lighting system based on solar panels can be installed, which absorb solar energy during the day and provide electricity for lighting at night.

An additional softspot of this type of lighting is using strong floodlights; in such a case, the powerful lighting in certain areas causes the less lit parts of the yard to seem even darker in comparison and can, therefore, provide a good shelter and an attractive path for burglars. For this reason, when using such a lighting system, I would recommend using lights that are not exeptionally strong.

Motion Sensor Outdoor Lighting

Lights which are automatically turned on when a person passes by a motion sensor. Without doubt, a floodlight that suddenly turns on directly above a burglar is a very deterring feature. The average burglar would be unsure about continuing with his plan, for fear that either someone from the house or one of the neighbors has spotted him.

An additional advantage to motion activated lighting is the amount of electricity saved. The lights are on only when needed, and so the consumption of electricity remains very low. Motion Activated Lighting can be a useful tool for you as well, for times when you pass through the yard during hours of darkness and could use some light.

Hi/Lo Motion Sensor Lights

A wonderful combination of dusk to dawn lighting and motion activated lighting. The lights are on continuously at a low level. When the motion detector recognizes movement, it amplifies the level of light to its maximum level. Hi/Lo Motion Activated Lighting is a fantastic security solution, which offers maximum protection while using a minimal amount of electricity.