What to consider when installing security flood lights
If you want to enhance the security around your property and ward off intruders then consider getting yourself some outdoor security flood lights. In this blog post, we consider the factors you need to consider when choosing the best set of lights for your requirements and needs.
To start with, you want some good bright lights that provide comprehensive lighting coverage to the areas that you want illuminated. Ideally, you want a light that can be mounted high up on the wall. You also want some lights that can easily be installed in the area where the light is needed, for example, mounted high up on your front porch or steps, or maybe closer to ground level along your paths if you want or need to light up the walkways leading to your front door.
Next, if your light is going to be located in an area exposed to the elements, you want it to be durable and able to hold up under all weather conditions from extreme summer heat to rain storms to the freezing cold winters. On the other hand, if the light is going to be located outside, but under a roof, say, like most porch lights are, it will have to be capable of tolerating dampness and condensation, but won’t need to be weatherproof, strictly speaking. So you will still need a heavy-duty light but it can not be waterproof.
The light should also turn on when it is needed, and be off otherwise, for instance, it should turn on at dawn and off at sunrise when it gets light outside and you don’t need artificial light to see your way. For electric lights, consider getting a light with a timer that automatically turns the lights on/off at the desired times if you want to use it every night. If you want the light to be on only occasionally, a manual or remote controlled switch may suffice. Or if you want the light to turn on only when someone is in the area, get a motion sensor light or install a motion detector with your light if it doesn’t come with it. Some lights even combine these two features. Nowadays you get lights that stay in a steady dim mode during the dark hours and then when movement is detected the lamps light up to a higher brightness mode, efficiently scaring away unwanted guests. However, if this is the type of light you are looking for and want to use, make sure the light bulb you are going to be using is dimmable: for example, not all CFLs are. And if you want to go for a solar light option, make sure the lights have a good battery and power storage features, so that the solar energy gathered during the day can be stored until it gets dark then utilized as light.
Another thing to bear in mind is that the light fixture will probably be visible on your property, so choose a design that is compatible with the style of your home and the overall style of your outdoor space. Because nothing is more annoying than to create a specific feel to your home and then it be ruined by some ugly lights.
Outdoor security floodlights are a great means of protecting you and your family, be sure you have all the information you need to make a wise purchasing decision.