For a lot of homeowners, using outdoor lighting is one thing they can do in order to deter burglars from attempting to break into their homes. To help keep your home safe, it is important to look into the different factors that are causing homeowners to avoid being victims of burglaries. Studies done back in 2008 reveal that 65% of the million and a half cases of burglary that happened in the same year was during daylight hours. The reason is simple, most homes are empty during the day. This brings us to ask, if more than half of burglaries actually happen during the time of the day when there is a lot of light out and almost no shadows are present, could we really say that the presence of outdoor lighting can really prevent a burglary from happening? This brings us to conclude then that darkness is not really a major factor for burglaries.
If so then why should we not just put up a lot of outdoor lights and keep them running all night, anyway? You may find this surprising but there are actually reasons why indiscriminate use of artificial light during nighttime is not a very good idea, even if you are doing it as an added security. The most common reasons include: wasting energy; possible health problems that result from using too much artificial light; the fact that you are going to keep your neighbors across the street very much awake because of the outdoor lights you are using, etc. As a matter of fact, indiscriminate use of outdoor lighting has actually encouraged and not deterred burglaries.
Artificial lights poorly installed and used incorrectly reduces the property’s safety and security. This is because the glare that is coming from these lights you are using around your home would prevent your neighbors and even police officers from clearly seeing trespassers on your property. In addition, using too much artificial light casts shadows in areas around your house that burglars could use as camouflage. There is no denying that the correct use of outdoor lights can effectively deter or discourage burglars. As such, you need to be sure that you would try learning more about outdoor lighting as well as how and where you would install them around your home. You could discuss the details with the dealers you are going to buy outdoor lights from so they can give you advice about installation and proper use considering that you are going to spend a lot of money on them anyway.