Security lighting is considered to be an effective psychological crime deterrent. A security light helps to illuminate as well as help to clearly identify a person or object associated with criminal activity. It is strongly encouraged that residential properties, as well as commercial properties, take their security lighting seriously. When investigating how you can better enhance your security, you will want to start by understanding the different types of lighting options and how they can be used. Burley Electrical Services would like to break down the different types of security lighting.
What is a Continuous Light?
As the name suggests, continuous light is when you have outdoor lights that are on all night long. Continuous lighting often serves two major purposes. One is greater projection of an area and light control. Continuous lighting has been around for a long time but was first implemented in prison. A light around the fence was known as a barrier light which provides the night watch a clear view of the fence line. If anyone tried to escape the prison, the guards would be able to see them approaching the fence line. The same can be said for a business or a home owner. However, the barrier light will help bring those entering the property into view. A continuous light helps shine light on any trespassers and any with a mind to commit a crime. Criminals mostly like to do things in the dark and hope to avoid being seen. This is why continuous lighting helps to deter crime and is a beneficial part of a home or businesses security system.
Standby Light Definition
A stand by light is not great if used as the only security lighting option. A stand-by light is a light that is controlled either automatically or manually. If you use an automatic light system that is set on a specific time, these systems can be unreliable as the system can malfunction and even be tampered with. A manual light is a bit more reliable but will require someone to remember to turn the exterior lights on every night. If you want to enhance your light security, do not solely rely on stand-by lighting.
Motion Sensor & Tracking Lights
Another great lighting option to enhance security is a motion activated lighting system. You can have motion lighting installed all over the property. The benefit of these light is that they don’t not stay on all night long. This helps reduce your power consumption. The lights will only turn on when they detect motion which also acts as an alert. You can even invest in the new motion sensor light that turns on and also tracks the motion which keeps the light on the suspect. This can be very unnerving to have a light turn on and follow you movements. These are great lighting systems to add to your home security and helps save money on energy consumption as well.
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If you decide to invest in security lighting for your residential or commercial property, and need help adding the electrical system and installing light fixtures, contact Burley Electrical Services today.