Exterior Lighting
Good lighting is a sound home security measure, but take care to avoid causing an annoying intrusion on your neighbours.

Your protection

Light has been an effective defence against predators from the day fire was discovered. Today, well designed and maintained security lights have a significant impact in helping to reduce crime levels.

However, a lot of security lighting is installed without enough thought to its impact on neighbours and the environment. The following information is provided to assist in developing security lighting systems that are effective, cost-efficient and do not annoy the neighbours.


Exterior Lighting








Interior lighting

When your interior lights are on the first assumption is that someone is at home, more so when the lights turn on and off intermittently. Light timers are an inexpensive way to do this when you're not there.

Use timers on lights near the front and back of the house and with the curtains drawn. You can also use timers to turn on televisions and radios to add to the impression that someone is home.

Exterior Lighting








 
Exterior lighting

Exterior lighting is also very important, particularly in dark areas where people could stay unnoticed. Exterior lighting needs to be bright enough for you to see about 30 meters but without being so bright that it annoys neighbours.

An enhancement of exterior lighting is the use of a motion sensor. Security lights with infra-red motion sensors are relatively inexpensive and can easily replace an existing light. The motion sensor will detect movement and turn the lights on automatically.  They will then turn off after a pre-determined time (usually 2 minutes). The sensitivity can also be adjusted so it is not set off by trees or other moving objects in the distance. This helps save money and also reduces the likelihood of causing annoyance.

Remember these four important points:
  • Exterior lighting should allow visibility for about 30 meters;
  • Use good lighting along the pathway and at your door;
  • Use light timers to turn on/off lights automatically; and
  • Use infra-red motion sensors to turn lights on and off as further security.



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