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Green Impressions Outdoor Living

By Joe Schill • June 1, 2016

Homeowners Guide to Smart Security Lighting: Protecting Your Home, Not Your Intruders

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Designing and maintaining your landscape are vital for the appeal of your outdoor space, but how do you protect your property once the upgrades are taken care of?

Beyond complimenting your yard, perimeter lighting guards your investment, and your family, from the growing threat of crime. By strategically installing the right fixtures, you can extend the use of your deck, patio, or lawn all while deterring dangerous trespassers.

The FBI warns us that acts of crime rise 10% every June, July, and August. Before the busy summer months hit and your valuable estate becomes vulnerable property, be sure to follow these Dos and Don'ts of landscape security lighting.

Don't

  • Allow intruders to easily plan around your lights by leaving them on at all times
  • Rely on lights that are only meant to illuminate certain features of the yard
  • Choose high-intensity floodlights that will aid the thief's vision while impairing your own
  • Arrange lights in a way that will cause glare, eliminating your ability to see into the shadows

Do

  • Alleviate glare with ground-level lights that are shielded to prevent criminal tampering
  • Install motion sensors that target potential entryways, including both doors and windows
    Place lighting that can be seen from the street on a timer to always give the impression of an occupied home
  • Choose, or finally switch to, LED bulbs, which use a fraction of the energy and last much longer, keeping you safer than ever

The most important thing to keep in mind is that intruders seek out unoccupied properties, so design a landscape that appeals to you without giving away the visual advantage.

To protect the value of your home and neighborhood, contact Green Impressions for any questions or to schedule a free consultation.