When it comes to choosing the right fixtures for your home’s landscape lighting, you want to make security a top priority. The safety of you and your family should never be put at risk and a well-lit home is one of the most effective deterrents against criminals targeting your property. So, what kind of security lighting is available and how does it work towards safeguarding what’s most important to you?

The following are some of the fixtures that any Professional Landscape Lighting Company will recommend and how they work to keep your home safe from trespassers and intruders:

Motion Detector Lighting

This type of fixture is self-explanatory, the light illuminates when any type of movement is detected in front of the sensor that you have installed. Most common fixtures will come with sensors that use infrared or lasers to detect motion, though some are available using sound waves as well.

When the sensor detects that movement, the fixture is triggered to automatically illuminate the area in which it has been installed. This is a useful tool to have in your security lighting apparatus because there is little to no lag time between someone or something stepping foot on your property and the light switching on to provide increased visibility.

This type of lighting is beneficial in two ways, it can allow you to see if any uninvited guests have set foot on your property and it can provide those who belong on your property with some much needed visibility in the dark so as to avoid a trip and fall accident.


Available in both LED and solar options, floodlights do just that in the areas where they are installed – flood the space with bright light. The beam of these lights can be adjusted and aimed specifically to cover a small or large space and you can typically count on these types of lights to be super bright.

There are pros and cons to using solar versus LED with the former being more energy efficient and the latter being more powerful. But you can’t go wrong with either of these in any backyard or porch space that requires a lot of illumination when the sun goes down.

As for the bulbs themselves, LED vs. incandescent is the main option you need to consider. Incandescents are typically warmer but they don’t last as long as their LED counterparts which are known for colder, blue-hued lighting and longer lifespans.

Dusk to Dawn Lighting

These fixtures work by sensing the amount of exterior light. So, you don’t need to worry about remembering to turn your lighting on once it gets dark out. The sensor will do it for you as it detects that dusk has arrived.

The light can remain on throughout the evening until the sun rises again in the morning. This provides constant light in one area for the course of the night without the intermittent qualities of motion detector lighting.  You may elect to include one or both together.

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