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Motion and Security Lighting: A Primer for Homeowners

Security Lighting on Home

Security is likely a concern, no matter where you live. People want to protect their homes, their belongings, their families and themselves at all times.

One way to do this is to ensure that lighting is installed at your home so that residents know when someone arrives, especially if it’s an unexpected visitor.  According to the Electronic Security Association, a burglary occurs every 15 seconds.

Having motion activated or constant security electrical lighting installed can give homeowners peace of mind. For homeowners who are considering this installation, there are a few things to keep in mind, and to do before they install the light.

Know the Kind of Light You’re Looking For

There are a couple of types of security lights, and of those types, there are styles that work differently from each other. For example, there are two types of motion lights.

A passive motion sensor light sends out no signal in an attempt to detect the presence of individual9s. These are activated by heat and are typically set to detect only human body heat, not animals.

An active motion sensor light does send out a signal to detect the presence of individuals.  The signal could be a high-frequency sound, microwaves, or even infrared lights. These monitor for any and all movement of a human body in the area where the sensors are active.

Motion Lights Options

Motion lights are available in several styles. The best-known style might be the single floodlight style light, but there are fixtures that have multiple bulbs p0ointing in slightly different angles, with a camera; with advances in lighting styles, some of these fixtures look like they could be used inside a home. They could also be installed on a post and look more like a municipal lamp post.

Security Light Options

Aside from motion lights, there are others that you can use for security purposes. These put out consistent light and either need to be turned on and off or automatically light up and shut off.  These include the following:

  • Low-Pressure Sodium Lights: This type of light turns on at dusk and off at daybreak, automatically. These are powered by photoelectric cells that sense when the environment is light or dark.
  • Halogen Exterior Flood Bulbs: These are the most common type of security light. They can be set to turn on automatically
  • High-Intensity Discharge Exterior Lights: This light is brighter and more intense than the typical flood light, or the low-pressure sodium light.


What to Consider Before Purchasing and Installing A Motion or Security Light

Knowing where you want to place a security light or a motion light can help you to determine the right style and type of light to purchase. You’ll want to consider where you want the light to shine, how you want to use them, and the style you’re looking for before contacting for electrical service.

You’ll also want to consider your comfort level in installing these lights yourself. If you’re not comfortable, it would be prudent to let an electrician do the job. if you do decide to install the lights yourself, remember that security lights are most effective when they are installed six to ten feet off the ground.

Call Streamline Plumbing & Electric today for more information on lighting whether it be motion or security!

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