Updated: June 8, 2015
Best Security LightsHome owners and business owners have always been interested in security and safety, often in the form of alarms or security systems. However, even a basic security lighting system can help make your home or business location significantly safer. Most criminals are attracted to easier targets - places with poor lighting, places unlocked, places without alarms. Exterior home lighting, in the form of floodlights, security lights, and motion sensors, are a great way to protect your home and ward off prowlers. The placement and location of security lighting can be challenging, since there are a variety of options from ground lights and eave-placed lights that can be used to light up a driveway, yard, or patio area. Below, we will look into the best home security lighting solutions, with some reviews, pricing information, and suggestions for keeping your home safe.
Street lights are the most basic city-provided security lights - they provide basic lighting for streets and neighborhoods, in addition to home lights. But real security lights begin on your property. Many people opt for ground level lights that cast light up against the home, lighting up trees and architectural details. These lights can give an impressions of occupation, but they really don't provide any additional security.
Floodlights and Security Lights - Outdoor lighting
The best lights for outdoor security lighting are floodlights. Floodlights cast a bright, wide beam over an extended area, lighting up entire sections of your yard or driveway. Motion activated lights are even more powerful, lighting up only when something moves within their field of vision. If you want to buy online, check out the best selling security lights here. You can also pick up standard motion sensor lights at places light Home Depot or home lighting stores. Expect to pay from $20-$40 for basic lights to up to $150-$200 for fancier looking outdoor lamps. Lampsplus.com has things like the elegant Monarch Motion Sensor Rust 25 1/2" High Outdoor Wall Light for $195, which detects motion along a 180 degree detection angle (basically, the entire area in front of the lamp, from side to side). A little simpler is the Capella Motion Sensor 15 1/2" High Black Outdoor Wall Light, for $99, it works from dusk to dawn and pops on whenever something moves nearby. How do motion detector lights work? Motion detector lights are pretty simple. They work like an eye scanning the infrared spectrum of light, picking up heat waves from moving objects. Most motion detector lights let you adjust how long they stay on for - 1 minute, 5 minutes, 10 minutes, etc. once they detect something. A good motion detection has a field of vision of at least 180 degrees (everything in front of them) and can see for at least 75 feet. Sometime leaves blowing around can set off your lights, but you can often adjust their sensitivity.