The Do's and Don'ts of Home Security Lighting

Investing in security lighting can help dissuade burglars, alert you to movement around your home, and help prevent slips and falls by making it easier for people to see where they step. If you’re thinking about hiring an electrician to install security lighting in Columbus, then continue reading to learn a few of the dos and don’ts associated with this home upgrade. security - lights

Do Think About Image Results

Incorporating a security camera into your outdoor lighting system can be a wise decision, but if its quality, sensitivity, and lens type are unable to produce a viable image, then you won’t get the maximum benefits from the installation. Also, the level of light that your bulbs need to provide can depend on your camera setup and should be factored in when you select your new security lighting. If you want a camera that has better light sensitivity at night, then you’re better off looking for ones that are black and white instead of color.

Don’t Leave the System Vulnerable

If your electric meter box is easy to access, then it can be more susceptible to tampering that may cause the illumination or cameras to fail. For this reason, you should keep your electric meter box locked or otherwise protected. Additionally, you will want to ensure that you can care for the system as necessary. For example, if it’s a challenge to clean or replace your bulbs, then you may be tempted to postpone maintenance and leave your security lighting in a less effective state.

Do Take Care with Lighting Position

To help avoid glare, which can prevent the camera from capturing a clear image, your security lights should be positioned outside of the camera’s field of view. One of the best ways to do this is to have your electrician install the security lights higher than the locations of the cameras. However, before mounting any cameras, take into consideration any other lights in the area, such as street lights or those on your neighbor’s property, which may also affect the camera’s view.
 
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