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Porch Lights For Security, Safety, And Fun

Apr 3, 2008
If you have a porch with your home, you will not want it to be neglected for half of each day. In order to get the most from the use of your exterior, you will need to have porch lights. These have many functions. Without proper lighting, your porch can be a draw for criminals or a walking hazard for those approaching your home at night, but the simple addition of lighting will render your home a much safer, more welcoming place for both you and your friends and family. The many choices for porch lights can make it seem hard to make a choice, but if you can narrow down your options by examining your needs, the picking can be easy.

Nighttime is dangerous. Criminals love to conceal their activities with the cover of darkness and shadows. This is why you need porch lights to banish the shadows around your home and increase your security. There are many choices for security purposes you could install. In order to save power, you might want to have your security lighting wired into a motion detector that will turn the light on when something moves in front of it. Flood lights with HID (high-intensity discharge) bulbs such as mercury vapor are some of the most popular options for security lighting.

The dim light available at night can obscure obstacles which might lead to tripping and falls. These are especially hazardous if older people visit or live in your home since a simple fall for an elderly citizen could result in a broken bone. You can prevent this by having porch lights which light the way to and from your porch. A good option would be a set of path lights to illuminate the walk way leading up to the porch. You can also install step lights inside the steps themselves to light the stairs for your guests so that they will not trip over them from being unseen.

While there are practical applications for porch lights, there are also more whimsical options. You could create your own luau with several lighted palm trees placed around your porch. There are also lighted yard art pieces and accent lighting if you wish to light up specific features.

There are many options from which to choose for your porch lights, and if you feel overwhelmed, then you should talk to an expert. True experts are there to first offer advice. You will need to be wary of salespeople at hardware stores. In most cases they are not fully informed about the goods they are selling. Even if they are, they still do not have the same depth of knowledge that true expert electricians have, and therefore, the advice you get from your local hardware store should only be accepted if you later get a second opinion from an electrician.

Choosing and installing these lights is not difficult to do if you have a basic knowledge of electricity, but if you need assistance in finding the best porch lights for your outdoor project, it would be best to ask an expert who will help to guide you through the steps for the selection and installation of these dramatic lights.
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