Thieves love to strike under the cover of darkness. Surrounding your home with outdoor lighting not only raises the level of security around your house, but also adds a touch of beauty. There are many different types of outdoor lighting to choose from to add elegance and safety to your residence.

Lights with motion sensors automatically turn on when a person or even an unwanted animal approaches. This will often startle and deter a thief from trying to enter your home. Sensor lighting can also save on energy costs, because the bulb is not constantly burning.

Photo cell lighting, often called dusk to dawn lighting, utilizes a sensor which is powered by the sun that automatically turn lights on when it gets dark, even when you’re not home. Photo cell fixtures are available for indoor and outdoor lights, so even if you’re on vacation, it will appear as if someone is home operating the lights.

Properly placed landscape and accent lighting not only adds beauty to the home, but serves as a safety feature when placed along walkways and on steps, allowing you to see each step in the dark as well as any obstructions or dangers such as ice that has formed on the steps in the winter. Lighting placed in bushes and around trees ensures that a would-be intruder doesn’t have a nice dark hiding place. There are many different types of landscape lighting, including solar powered, low voltage, and post and railway lighting.

With the advent of the dark sky movement, lighting is available that only shines down from its fixture without emitting light up into the night sky. This is beneficial because lights can be directed to shine on specific objects or sections of your yard that you think need added lighting for security reasons or as accent lighting. When used properly, dark sky lighting adds a touch of comfort and ambiance to your landscaping, while adding to the safety and security of your yards perimeter.

Thieves are much less likely to strike a well-lit home, and a few simple additions to your outdoor lighting will not only add security to your home, but beauty as well.