5 Easy Ways to Use Light for Home Security


Home security is a priority for many homeowners. No one wants an intruder to gain access to their loved ones and belongings. While you can’t eliminate the risk, you can greatly reduce it. One of the biggest tools you have is lighting.

Most thieves are opportunists. That means it’s not that they are personally targeting you, but rather you look like an easy mark. They want the minimal hassle so they can break in and leave with less chance of getting caught. You can use this to your advantage. When you understand what a criminal looks for in a potential target, you can make your home as unappealing as possible.

  • Light Up All Sides of Your Home

This is one of the most important things Connect Electric can recommend homeowners do for security. The more light there is around your home, the harder it will be for someone to get close without being noticed. While many families have lights on their front or back porches, it’s important to make sure all sides are covered.

There also needs to be enough light to see things in the area. Powerful floodlights are the best choice for this application. You can buy fixtures with dual floodlights to cover more area.

This can also bring peace of mind in case you hear strange noises at night. It will be much easier to identify a stray cat or raccoon without going outside with a flashlight and putting yourself at risk.

  • Keep Landscape Lights on All Night Long

It’s best to leave your landscape lights on all night. This creates more illumination, making it easier to see what’s outside. If you’re concerned about utility bill costs, use solar lights. They have a cell, usually on top, that gathers sunlight during the day. Then they turn on at night so you can easily see.

Most models are designed to automatically come on at dusk. This is great because you don’t have to worry about forgetting to turn on your landscape lights. Use them along pathways but also arrange them in out-of-the-way places for extra illumination.

  • Install Motion Sensors as an Early Alert

Motion sensors are a great way to frighten would-be thieves. They also serve as an early alert system for you and your family. Even if you have a security system on your home, it may not detect someone until they try a window or door.

Motion sensor lights catch movement before they reach your house. When the light pops on, you know that someone or something is moving out there.

  • Place Lights in Out-of-Reach Places

Criminals don’t like lights, and they will remove them if they can access them. That’s why you need bright lights placed in out-of-reach places, like high up on your home just under the roof. If they can’t reach the bulbs, then they can’t easily darken your property without you noticing.

  • Use Timers When You Aren’t Home

Timers are a must-have, especially if you plan to be away from home. These devices can be plugged into a lamp or light and then set up to switch on and off at a set time. You can use them on interior and exterior lights to create the illusion that someone is there.

Make sure your family is safe by assessing your lighting. A few simple additions can significantly increase your home security.

What to Check When Buying Home Insurance

When it comes to choosing home insurance you want to make sure you are covered for everything you think you will need for the future. It can be a minefield navigating all the information out there and deciding exactly which policy is the best for you.

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You don’t want to be paying for an insurance premium over the years only to find out when you claim, you weren’t covered in the first place. So what exactly do you need to be looking for when you purchase your home insurance?

It is important to remember that whilst price is an important factor when it comes to choosing your insurance provider, it exactly what the policy includes too.

What Does Your Home Insurance Cover?

These is the important things to check. Does your policy cover all electrical inside your home and if you take certain items out of the house with you, are they still covered? this is important to check, especially for those who own a high amount of valuables that they constantly take away from home.

You also need to check what cover you have against natural disasters. For example, if you live in an area that frequently has extreme weather conditions such as hurricanes, floods, or forest fires, what exactly will be covered, and what are your limitations? you need to know that your insurance company will pay out should you fall victim to one of these issues.

The same with any damage to your house that occurs due to malfunctions or human errors. If your plumbing systems fail and your house is flooded are you covered? Check before you purchase and ask questions such as will homeowners’ insurance pay for water damage mitigation?

Knowing exactly what is covered before you need to claim on your insurance will cause a lot of headaches in the event of a claim as you will know exactly where you stand.

How does the Insurance Company Perform?

You may think this isn’t such an important thing to look at but you can be surprised at what you will discover if you check out the company before purchasing. always remember if it looks too good to be true, usually, it is! So if an insurance company is offering you amazing rates ask what makes them offer these prices. Is it because they have a high turnover of customers who don’t renew their policy?

Do they have a high retention rate? If so, you can be assured that previous customers are choosing to stay with them and are satisfied with the service and level of cover offered. If the company has a low satisfaction rate, this could warn you of possible issues when it comes to having to claim on your home insurance policy.

How Much Are You Covered For?

Always check the small print for what exactly your limits are should you put in a claim. Have the insurance company estimated the value you need and in reality are you covered to replace all of your goods should you lose everything?

Checking these little details is something the insurance company may think you won’t do, meaning they can get away with little clauses and you not getting back what you are entitled to. So make sure you know exactly what you can claim for should you need to and any stipulations added to your contract. 

So checking this before you buy the policy will save problems in the long run, even if you end up paying more from a different provider. You can rest assured you are covered and give yourself peace of mind.