Visitors, Deters Intruders
There is no doubt
that security lighting can deter burglars. It also reduces the fear
of crime: a simple plug in timer could be enough to put off an opportunist
criminal from burgling your home. The burglar often makes up his mind
to target a property from across the road; if your property is lit then
he will generally look for a softer option.
Take a look down
your street after dark, can you see anyone lurking in the undergrowth?
There are numerous
security lighting products on the market, which usually fall into one
of the following four categories:
These devices can be programmed to switch on lights externally or internally
during the hours of darkness or for any time in between. There are timer
switches that are designed to replace existing room light switches as
well as plug in units which fit into a three pin socket. Some models
allow for multiple on/off periods. A plug in timer can also switch on
a radio tuned to a talk channel giving the impression that your home
This is your typical room light switch. You would switch a light on
for short periods using this method i.e. when someone is at the front
door. The major drawback with this method is that the light or lights
may be left on all night and in the summer months the sun gets up before
you do, wasting electricity.
Dusk 'Til Dawn Lighting
This is the preferred method of externally lighting up your home. The
lamp stays on during the hours of darkness and goes off as it starts
to get light.
These units have
many positive features including:-
provides a more
pleasant light to sit out on summer nights
are very energy efficient lamp life is 8 to 10 times more than a typical
household light bulb
makes the property look more attractive at night
makes the occupier appear more switched on to security
is fail safe, as you know instantly when the lamp has failed
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The most common form of lighting is a PIR (passive infra-red receiver)
operated tungsten halogen lamp. This form of lighting has a number of
It is extremely
Often causes annoyance to neighbours
They create harsh light and extreme shadows
Quickly lose their credibility through false activations
They are easily defeated, by masking turning or in some cases stolen
When activated by a criminal, he is often already committed to breaking
When fitted near a road it can cause a dazzling effect for motorists.
These fittings can also increase the fear of crime, because of their
false alarms, triggering when a cat or dog walks in front of the sensor
or a tree sways in the wind.
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many lights will I need?
Your home need not look like the Blackpool Illuminations, and everyone's
needs are different. You should aim for at least one or two lights which
operate on a dusk till dawn sensor and perhaps a light which is connected
to a movement detector, or is manually operated.
Remember that security
lighting forms part of a security package. You should always consider
the fitting of good locks and possibly an alarm. It should also be remembered
that lighting only has real value when the area illuminated is capable
of being seen. There is little point, in terms of security, illuminating
an area that no one can see.