Shedding Light on Security

Monday October 17, 2016

Those long days of summer behind us. With darkness creeping in at earlier hours on fall and winter nights, you may be considering the addition of security lighting to the premises of your home or business.

Security lighting can be a great asset – when properly installed and used - but like most improvements, it takes a bit of forethought and preplanning.

What advantages of security lighting would you like to take advantage of?

  •  Surveillance
  •  A clearer view of outdoor home/business areas
  •  The increased feelings of safety better lighting has to offer
  •  Discouraging criminal activity
  •  Safety around troublesome areas like stairs, and other trip hazards
  •  Controlling unwelcome pests that don’t like light (possums, skunks, raccoons)

Security lighting can increase visibility, boosting feelings of safety, and is often installed to deter criminal activity. Poorly installed, however, security lighting can be counter-productive. What types of installation errors lead to poor results?

Low/Unprotected Mounting
Lights that aren’t installed high enough or with proper protection offer criminals the opportunity to simply take securing lighting out of commission. Homeowners – and particularly businesses – should also consider the importance of a stand-by and/or isolated power supply, running electricity from a different line/circuit, or connections with locked meters.

Poor Design
Glare that obstructs vision not only renders security lighting moot, but can actively aid criminals. Design must be constructed specifically for human observation or closed-circuit TV monitoring. Lighting should be bright enough to serve its purpose – not as bright as you can afford to power. One-half watt per square foot is a good rule of thumb, but more specific applications may vary.

Multiple lamps of moderate brightness reduce glare, provide better illumination and reduce pools of shadow often created by over-bright security lighting.

Bulb Compatibility
Certain bulb types are not compatible with freezing temperatures. Others overheat. 

It’s important to remember, while security lighting offers a variety of benefits, it is not a one-size-fits-all security band-aid. Security lights will not deter daytime crime, and must be installed in highly visible areas to ensure their highest, best use, such as in areas where neighbors or passersby can see potential criminal activity – not in areas without a line of sight, which can undermine security efforts, instead benefitting burglars.

Looking to shed a little light on things? Contact Chapple Electric today to spotlight your perfect home or business security lighting solution.



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