The 3 Main Types of Security Lighting
Apr 11, 2018
Check out the safety and security tips of any law enforcement site and good outdoor lighting will always be among the top of their recommendations. There’s nothing more off-putting to a would-be criminal than a bright light illuminating his or her nefarious activities for neighboring homes and businesses to clearly see.
Outdoor security lighting has come a long way from the days of bright, unshielded floodlights that used copious amounts of energy and created annoying light pollution. Today’s security lighting is designed to save energy, add curb appeal and more importantly, mimic human activity: one of the main deterrents in warding off criminals.
Homes and businesses generally choose outdoor security lighting that falls into one of three main types: motion-sensor lights, LED flood lights or solar flood lights. Let’s look at a few of the pros and cons of each type.
Motion Activated Lights
Motion activated lights are exactly what you think they are: lights that don’t turn on unless they sense movement.
Motion-sensor lights are a great way to add security lighting to outdoor areas like entry doors, backyards or swimming pool areas without spending too much on your electric bills. Things to consider when installing motion activated lights include the range in which you want the motion sensor to detect activity and the size of the area that needs to be illuminated. Another consideration: whether to use LED or incandescent bulbs. LED bulbs cost more to purchase initially but have a much longer lifespan and use considerably less energy.
The easiest types of motion-sensor lights to install and work with are those that are battery operated, but of course then you must remember to change the batteries periodically. Battery-operated lights also tend not to give off as much light. If you opt for hard wired motion-sensor lights, you will need to know something about wiring or plan on hiring an electrician.
One of the biggest complaints about motion-sensor lights: when they are triggered incessantly by wind, rain or squirrels. It’s important to find the right balance in motion sensitivity, and carefully consider where motion-sensor lights are installed, preferably in a location that is protected from moisture.
LED Flood Lights
LED flood lights are a source of very bright white light that covers a broad area. These types of lights can be combined with a motion-sensor. They are generally used in areas like the perimeter of homes, playgrounds, stadiums or warehouses.
LED flood lights are extremely long-lasting and use a lot less energy. The benefits of LED bulbs over incandescent bulbs has been well documented over the years. While the cost of an LED bulb is higher at first, the costs of operating a fixture with an LED light over the long-term is generally much lower.
Other benefits of LED lights are how safe they are compared to incandescent bulbs. Because they don’t emit heat, the risk of electric and fire accidents is greatly reduced. They also are unaffected by weather and temperature changes, they don’t give out any harmful emissions such as carbon, and they produce a bright white light that is very similar to daylight.
The biggest con to LED flood lights: the initial investment is higher.
Solar Flood Lights
Solar flood lights are powered by the sun and a battery. During the day, the sun charges a battery and at night the battery powers the light. Solar flood lights generally use LED bulbs and they too can be combined with motion-sensors.
The biggest advantage of solar flood lights is that they don’t require any wiring to set up. Just find a location that gets ample light and voila, you’re up and running. If you’re considering a solar light, consider the quality of the solar light you’re investing in. Higher quality solar flood lights may be more expensive, but they generally produce brighter light, have better battery capacity and are much more durable.
Some of the cons of solar flood lights; they may not be as desirable if you need an especially bright light or if you need to illuminate a large area. Some solar lights also don’t work well in the rain.
As you can see, there are no shortage of options when it comes to security lighting. FSS Technologies specializes in security and we can help you design and install a lighting solution to best complement your other security investments.