Improving Your Home Security with Outdoor Lighting

November 1st, 2022

A good way to boost your home security in Chico, CA is with the right outdoor lighting. It not only enhances your current home security setup, but it is also a good way to deter intruders, minimize the possibility of hiding spots around the property, and increase your overall sense of safety.

On the other hand, you don't want to go overboard and over illuminate your home either. So, today we will walk you through improving your home security with outdoor lighting without taking it too far.

Choose the Lights

Since there are many different options available for outdoor lighting in Chico, you need to take some time to choose what will be best for your home. Some options to consider include floodlights, mounted luminary lights, landscape luminary lights, and step lights.

You should also consider the benefits of having smart or motion-sensor light capabilities. Smart lights are always a good choice and allow you to set everything up and schedule and control your lights remotely. 

Lighting Placement

Now it is time to consider the proper placement of your new lighting system. Choose strategic areas around the home, including above doorways and entrances, along the walkways and in the driveway, your backyard areas, and near landscaping like bushes and trees. Your security company in Chico can help you determine the best placement for your lights as well.

Maintain the Lights

Once you have made the investment and had the lights professionally and properly installed around the exterior of your home, you need to make sure that they continue to run at optimal levels. Remember, the lights will only remain effective as long as they work and are fully operational.

Proper maintenance and upkeep of your new lighting system are essential. Pay attention to the lifespan of your light bulbs and make sure they are replaced before they have the chance to burn out. You should also regularly check all the bulbs to ensure that none of them are broken. If they are, make sure to change them out immediately.

Benefits of an Illuminated Yard

Dark homes are more attractive to a burglar so to eliminate your home as a potential target. The right lighting system can go a long way in protecting the property. Not only does it add that additional layer of security, but it also adds to the overall visual appeal of the property as well. The right kind of lighting can accentuate all of the best aspects of the exterior of your home as well as the surrounding landscape.

So, if you are ready to add both value and safety to your home with exterior lighting, make sure to contact the experts in Chico, CA to go over all of your options and help you determine the absolute best placement for your new lighting system. While you're at it, you can also discuss possible security system upgrades that would be beneficial in addition to the lighting system for outside.

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With 16 years of experience in law enforcement, Tim Truby, CEO, is fully certified in video surveillance and training.

  • Certified Advanced Crime Prevention Specialist
  • Academy Instructor Certification
  • California POST Certification in Specialized Surveillance Equipment
  • California POST Certification in Basic Crime Prevention
    • Advanced Crime Prevention through Environmental Design
    • Certified Alibi Security Dealer
    • Enhanced Risk and Threat Assessment (FEMA)
    • Incident Command System (100 & 200)
    • Certified Cognitech Video Forensic Investigator
    • Neighborhood Watch Toolkit Trainer
    • Computer Crimes/Investigations
    • Domestic Crisis for Crisis Negotiators