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Security Lighting

Burglars see an unlit property as an opportunity; this is especially problematic in the autumn when the nights draw in. You can use a variety of internal and external lighting to deter a burglar from breaking into your home.

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Giving the impression that someone is in can help to deter burglars - ways in which you can do this are stated below:

  • Use light timers - an illuminated home is less likely to stand out to burglars. Set timers in different rooms to give more convincing impression you are home.
  • If you are away for a long period of time, set timers to come on for short periods of time.
  • Noise from a radio can also add life to an empty property.

External lighting:

  • Good external lighting can help prevent burglars approach your home unseen.  
  • We recommend dusk till dawn lights in most circumstances. This energy efficient lighting is low wattage and casts a gentle and even light over an area. Place at head height to the side of external doors, above porches or on the gable end.
  • Motion sensor activated lights alert people that someone may be in the back garden. You can adjust them to avoid false activations. Install 2.75m high and ensure the power does not exceed 150w.

Installation considerations:

  • Only a qualified electrician should install your external lighting. 
  • Never allow the cast of your lighting to interfere with traffic on nearby roads.
  • Never allow your lighting to be activated by movement in the gardens of neighbouring properties or cast its light into them. Not only can this cause annoyance, but it can also disturb wildlife.
  • Never install lighting so that it shines into other people's property.
  • Never install in a location where criminals could hide in the darkness beyond it. Your lighting should create an even cast of light with no strong pooling or shadowing.