Proper lighting not only enhances the visual appeal of your home, but can also save you from being the next target of an intruder.

There are a number of ways to make your home secure. Many homeowners install alarm systems to inform them (and the authorities) of an intrusion. Some go so far as to place surveillance cameras at entryways. Others rely only on deadbolts and guard dogs.

However, you can enhance all of your systems when you install appropriate security lighting to scare away would-be intruders or even help you catch their faces on camera. If you want to use outdoor lighting to increase home security, here are a few things to consider for optimal results.

Motion Sensor Lighting

In addition to your regular landscape lighting to help illuminate pathways and highlight the finer features of your yard, you’ll want to install floodlights to provide a brighter wash of light in the event that your home becomes a target for intruders. Motion sensor lights may lull would-be intruders into a false sense of security, right up until they turn on and expose people lurking outside your home.

Lighting Placement

While architectural lighting showcases the hallmarks of your home’s style, security lighting will shine outward into every nook and cranny of your yard, exposing intruders. For this reason, proper placement is crucial.

You need to place lights high enough that they can illuminate the bulk of your yard, as well as remain out of reach of anyone who might want to knock them down. For that matter, you may want to place a screen of some sort over lights to ensure trespassers can’t break them by throwing objects.

You should also protect the wiring for lights by enclosing it in walls or underground if possible so that it can’t be tampered with. Wireless options may also work. Finally, when it comes to security lighting, more is better. Install as many lights as you need to completely reveal your home and landscape design as if in broad daylight.

Remote Controls

These days, you can find smartphone apps that allow you to monitor and control lighting inside and outside your home. This can come in handy when you’re away from home for work or on vacation by allowing you to turn lights on and off randomly (rather than on a timer), making it look like someone is home.

If you have security cameras in place, you can also turn on lights to check on your property day or night, or receive notification when motion sensor lights are triggered. If you want peace of mind whether you’re at home or not, the right security lighting and related software can deliver.