Last month, we explored how you can transform your outdoor living space with exterior lighting. But lighting doesn’t just cast a magical glow on your space, it also provides practical benefits. Let’s take a close look at two types of outdoor lighting we commonly install: safety lighting and security lighting, and how they can benefit you and your home and family.
Safety lighting—or lack thereof—impacts your day-to-day life more than you might realize. Whether you walk the dog at night, have pizza delivered late in the evening, or it's dark when you or guests arrive at your home, a well-lit path can make the difference between a safe passage or injury. Untrimmed bushes, cracks in sidewalks, and pebbles become hazardous in the dark. Homes with poorly located or dimly lit house numbers are not only a nuisance for visitors to find, but could be critical in an emergency situation. Prominent, well-lit house numbers allow emergency personnel to locate your home quickly. Outdoor lighting is designed to not only beautify your home, but to keep you, your family, pets, and guests safe and sound.
Security lighting is another important component of your home's overall safety package. We never want to think that we could be enticing targets for burglary or theft. However, if your property includes darkened bushes or shadowed entry points, you may be more vulnerable than you realize. That’s where strategically placed outdoor lighting can help. Criminals prefer to get in and out quickly and to work anonymously. Motion lights help to foil this plan. They alert homeowners and neighbors to movement on the property while making the perpetrator easier to identify. Targeted spotlights keep areas bright and illuminated, making your yard a less-than-ideal staging area for stashing stolen goods. Having security lighting installed at the sides and back of your property, as well as the front, will help keep your home well-lit and less appealing to intruders.
Outdoor lighting does much more than make your home beautiful. It also serves a fundamental purpose—to increase the safety and security of your property. If your outdoor lighting isn’t up to par, it’s time to take inventory of where you can make improvements. Check to see if your porch light is bright and debris-free, pathways are illuminated, and that your house numbers are visible from the street. Survey the exterior of your home and ensure that bushes and other brush are neatly trimmed, and that side- and backdoors have adequate light sources.
If you're ready to increase the safety and security of your home with outdoor lighting, contact M.R. Electricians for a free consultation. Our skilled electricians have been installing outdoor lighting on properties in Montgomery County, MD, and surrounding areas for over two decades. From mounting new porch lights to installing an entire outdoor lighting package, we’ve got you covered.
About M.R. Electricians: Since 1996, M.R. Electricians has been serving the electrical needs of homeowners and businesses throughout Montgomery County, Washington, DC, Baltimore, and surrounding areas. The company also specializes in commercial fire protection, contract needs from small tenant fit outs to whole building installations, and motor controls for industrial spaces. From major renovations to the smallest of electrical jobs, the family-owned company is committed to providing high quality products, superior results, and unmatched customer service. Regarded as a leader in the electrical industry, M.R. Electricians has set the standard for excellence in the region. For more information, please visit the website at https://www.mrelectricians.us or call 301.871.0477.