When it comes to keeping your home safe at night, adequate lighting is a critical part of your overall protection strategy.

Unfortunately, many homeowners don’t look at their lighting as being an integral aspect of safety.

No matter where you may live, you should always make sure that there is plenty of lighting in place and that the lights are out of reach for those without a ladder.

Criminals tend to avoid committing crimes at homes where there’s adequate lighting because they like to go undetected as they slip in and out of the residence.

Remember, “The Freaks Come Out At Night.”

You must not live in a bubble thinking that because you reside in a highly desirable neighborhood in a gated community you’re safe.

It doesn’t matter where you live, you must be certain to light the exterior of your house up to discourage potential thieves.

In this article, I’m going to share with you what I think are the most important areas around your house that you should consider lighting up.

Let’s cover them now…

Lighting around Exterior Doors

The lighting that is around the doors of your home is very important, as most burglars like to focus on doors before anything else.

When it comes to the doors of your home, any lighting at all is better than nothing.

If a burglar sees lights, chances are he or she may move on to an easier target.

If the lights are off, the burglar will more than likely proceed as planned.

Lighting inside the Garage

If you own a garage, you should always use an automatic garage door opener, because once they have been activated, most will automatically turn on the lights.

You never want to pull into a dark garage as a burglar could easily run in undetected and rob you or do the worst things.

If you’ve been putting off swapping out a blown-out garage light bulb, replace it immediately in order to provide that first layer of protection.

Lighting inside the Carport

In some parts of the world, carports are more popular than garages.

And if this is your situation, you must be certain to light it up to make it as safe as possible.

If you are going to be away from home, you should always leave your carport lights on.

If you want to take your security to the next level, you should install motion-detected lights.

When these lights detect any type of movement, they will automatically turn on, which could easily startle a burglar and make him or her think twice about robbing your home.

Motion Detected Lights

For the exterior of your home, motion-detected lights are the way to go, especially if you have a large backyard.

To be on the safe side, you can always connect an alarm to the lights.

This way if someone was to move through your yard, the lights would sound the alarm.

Burglars don’t like alarms and they will normally flee the instant they hear the high-pitched sound.

If you are planning to use motion sensors in your front yard, you should make sure that you have planned the locations carefully.

People walking by the sensor or kids playing nearby can easily trigger it.

When you set the motion sensors up, you should always make sure that you hook lights up to them as well.

This way, those in your family will know where the motion detectors are and they can easily avoid them.


Having the right amount of lighting around your home will go a long way in keeping your family safe.

Burglars don’t like to be around a light, which is why it is so very important to strategically install them in key locations on the exterior of your homes like the ones I mentioned earlier such as the Exterior Doors, inside the Garage, or Carport.

Don’t forget to install motion-detected lights in key locations in both the front and back yards to add that extra layer of protection and safety.

Even though I made suggestions of where you should install lighting, you must make your own assessment of where you need more adequate lighting around your home to discourage potential burglars.

You may want to hire a professional from a security company to make the assessment for you.

If you don’t have a lot of lights around your home, you should do something about it.

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy; all you need is enough lighting to make sure that a burglar thinks twice about breaking into your home.

Don’t hesitate to install adequate lighting around your home starting today!

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