Ultimate Guide to Home Security
Outdoor Garden Security Lights UK
One thing a burglar craves is the cover of darkness. In the dark a burglar can move around you garden undetected and potentially steal expensive items. However there are ways to illuminate your garden and potentially scare off burglars; outdoor garden security lights.
Types of Outdoor Garden Security Lights
Motion Sensor Lights
Motion sensor lights have a Passive Infrared Sensor (PIR). A PIR is an electronic sensor that measures infrared light emitted by objects in its range of view. If an object is detected by the PIR your security light will turn on. Having a motion sensor light means you do not have to leave your security light on day and night. The light will only come on when movement is detected. You can pretty much use any bulb for a motion sensor camera, as long as it is suitable for outside use.
Solar PIR Lights
Solar PIR lights are almost exactly the same as normal motion sensor lights. However, rather than having to plug them in, the sun provides them with power. Typically solar lights use LED light sources. The charge from the sun can last between 4-6 hours which means there is plenty of light to illuminate your outdoor space.
LED Flood Lights
There are a many advantages of using LED lights in your outdoor space. Superior brightness is one, but the main draw of an LED light is the energy saving, which leads to money saving. They may be a bit more expensive to buy at first, but in the long run they will save you money on electricity bills. They also have an average life span of 30,000 hours where as a normal bulb has the lifespan of 2,000, so they will need replacing less.
Halogen Flood Lights
Halogen is one of the most common types of lighting for a garden or outdoor space, however it can be expensive. Halogen bulbs are very bright and will light up your garden well with a very strong white light.
Security Lights: Solar Power vs Mains
Solar lights are much easier to install, as you can place them almost anywhere (where they are exposed to sunlight) and they are ready to go. Whereas traditional wired outdoor lights have a much more involved process when it comes to instillation. Another perk of solar lights is that if you have a power cut, your lights will remain unaffected.
When it comes to the security of your garden, you want to be sure that you are using the right kind of lights for maximum security. Solar lights are becoming more and more advanced. But are they more effective than the traditional wired security lights? Let’s have a look.
At the moment you are going to find it hard to find any solar lights that can match the brightness of the traditional wired lights. However, higher quality solar lights can provide you with some serious brightness.
Solar lights are easier to maintain, as they are easy to access for repairs and as long as they are kept clean and are dug firmly in the ground you shouldn’t have many problems with them. Wired lights may be harder to repair and maintain, as you may need the advice and assistance of a qualified electrician to make any repairs.
As the light from a solar light may be slightly less bright, you may need more. However the beauty of the solar light is that they can go anywhere it your garden. This means you may be able to cover more area with light than with one traditional wired security light. Your solar lights may not be affected by a power cut; however with the weather in the UK being very changeable and often cloudy, if your solar light does not receive enough sunlight then they may not work, or may not be as bright as you need them to be.
However if you just want to buy some light, then a wired security light should be able to provide sufficient coverage to provide good security (depending on the size of your garden. As mentioned before, if you do suffer a power outage, your wired light will not work
Best Positioning for Garden Security Lights
Where you place your outdoor security lights is dependent on what their main function is. Whether you want to deter potential burglars or provide safety light when walking, it’s important to place your lights in the right positions.
Near the garage
If you tend to keep valuable items in your garage then having a security light illuminate the door could deter burglars. It’s also helpful if you tend to work in or around the garage at night as it can provide light for you. If you install a sensor light then anytime someone walks past your garage the light will turn on, another deterrent for potential burglars.
It may be helpful to pace your garden security lights so that they illuminate a path that you use frequently. As it goes dark earlier in the winter, it would be helpful to have a motion detector light that comes when you are walking to your front or back door. Or that lights the path you use regularly if you have outdoor pets, such as rabbits.
Once you have put lights in all the main entryways to your home, you might want to think about the more unlikely entrances, which could be used by a burglar. Burglars can find their way into your house via windows, back doors and gates. So if you light these areas up with your security lights, you scare the potential thieves away.
Whilst it’s important to illuminate the areas of your garden that you use the most, you also need to provide light for the majority of the outside area. Burglars love darkness, so if you position your outdoor security light so that the light hits most of the garden, it should scare the burglar away. You just have to make sure that with the placements of your lights that there are no shadows cast or dark areas for a burglar to hide.
What is PIR Lighting?
Passive Infrared Sensors or PIR sensors are a type of motion sensor that detects infrared light. Motion sensors are frequently used to detect body movements in and around properties. When the sensor detects movement, it will send out a signal which will set of the alarm. It could set off an audio alarm, or just cause a light to switch on.
How Much does it Cost to Install a Security Light?
The cost of installing a new security light will differ depending on what security light you have and the amount the tradesman will take to install it.
To give you a rough estimate of what you can expect to pay, we’ve broken it down;
To install one outside security light (independently powered) – £125-£150- 1-2 hours to install (including the cost of the light)
To install a PIR motion sensor light (powered by mains electricity)- £150-£200- 2-4 hours to install (including the cost of the lights)
What are the Best Motion Lights?
Auraglow 50W LED Motion Activated PIR Sensor Security Floodlight
This outdoor floodlight has an impressive brightness of 3,800 lumens and at a power consumption of 50W, it’s still very energy efficient and with an impressive brightness, but the stand out feature of this light is the 50,000 hour battery life, which won’t need changing anytime soon! Another great feature of this flood light is the adjustable PIR (passive infrared) sensor range that allows you to choose how sensitive the light is to movement.
The real selling point of this flood light however is the price, at £29.99 on Amazon, the small price you’re paying for all the features is definitely worth it.
LE 30W LED Motion Sensor Flood Lights
Although this model is more expensive than the Auraglow, if you’re looking for ultimate customization this light is defiantly worth the investment. Not only can you adjust the PIR sensitivity to light but you can also set an illumination time after motion detection and light sensor sensitivity enabling you to customize your security radius around your home. Considering the higher price, £99.99 on Amazon, your defiantly paying that little bit extra for all of the different customized settings.
Another great feature of this flood light is that is also boasts a 50,000 hour battery life, with the added bonus of an IP65 water-resistant rating making this an extremely low maintenance option.
The only downside to this light is that it is 30W meaning for not as powerful a floodlight, but if this is a deal breaker you can also get a 50W version for a slightly higher price tag.