When most people consider installing a home security system, they think about all the different strengths and weaknesses of their residence. One of the most overlooked aspects of home security however, is the use of lighting. Strategic lighting can thwart a criminal’s attempts at breaking and entering. If a burglar does happen to break in, sufficient lighting can help produce a clearer image of the burglar’s face, clothing and other identifiable characteristics. Use these lighting strategies and tips to create the safest environment for you and your family:


The lights inside your house can be the most effective means of preventing a break-in. Many burglars operate at night, when vision is limited, the lights are off and people are either out of their home or fast asleep. At night, with no lights on, burglars can enter and exit without running into anyone. If criminals see a house with its lights on, the likelihood that they will avoid that location and move on to the next home becomes greater.

If you are planning a trip out of town, consider investing in a light timer. They are relatively inexpensive and are available at many local hardware stores. Make sure that you use these timers every day, not just when you go on vacation. Your neighbors will most likely notice a routine where your lights stay on. When those lights turn off unexpectedly, they might be alerted that something is not quite right.

Light timers are a great addition to full home security systems. Protect America offers complete packages that include a primary operation/control pad, multiple motion detectors and window sensors. Video surveillance and monitors are also available and work perfectly with light timers in the event of a break-in.


After you’ve invested in a light timer for your indoor lighting, you will want to focus on your exterior lighting. If you are walking from a shared parking area and need to walk to your front door, outdoor lighting will be critical to your safety. With exterior lights, you will be able to see any threats that would normally be hidden in the shadows. Exterior lights do not intrinsically protect you. Instead, they give you the opportunity and choice to avoid danger.

Take into consideration the area you want lit before you purchase your exterior lights. The products you buy should be bright enough to light up at least a 100 feet. Consider placing lights on the front of your property on a timer and try to establish a routine similar to the one you use for your interior lights.

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