Lighting the outside of your garage is just as important as lighting the inside. With the right outdoor lighting plan and outdoor garage light fixtures, a homeowner can keep predators and unwanted guests away as well as illuminate the lawn for fun family activities. The size of the yard will determine what types of lighting is needed as well as how many lights should be used. Insurance carriers may offer homeowners who use exterior garage lights a discount on their homeowners’ insurance as an added benefit.
Security are larger light fixtures that are normally placed towards the roof of the garage or on a high pole. They turn on at dusk as daylight begins to fade and turn off as the sun rises in the morning. This type of light puts out a large amount of light and is ideal for bigger yards. This type of lighting is extremely convenient if you don’t want to have to worry about remembering to turn it on and off. Most are equipped with halogen lights and are very energy efficient for their size.
Smaller security lights can also be found that attach to the side of the house and run off of batteries. These are normally what are used as backups when the power goes out and are ideal in areas that are prone to heavy storms and power outages. Battery operated lights normally have enough power to last a few hours. Others are designed to run off of batteries until alternate energy source can be found, such as a generator.
Motion Activated Lights
A motion sensor garage light is one that turns on when motion is detected within a specific range. Any motion or activity detected within so many feet of the lights’ eye, will trigger the light to turn on. It will remain on for a pre-determined number of minutes. Some lights are set to stay on 3 to 5 minutes, while others allow the homeowner to set a specific amount of time.
The main drawback to motion activated outdoor garage lighting is that small things such as squirrels, cats or twigs blowing in the breeze may set them off. While this is an inconvenience, most homeowners continue to use this type of lighting for security purposes. An added benefit is the fact that the light is off when it isn’t needed. If someone is doing something in the backyard, their movement will keep the light on while they are working. When they are finished it goes off automatically and remains off until something sets it off again.
Motion detector garage lighting can be strategically place to help secure and protect the home. They can be placed over outside doorways as well as near gates that lead into a fenced in back yard or patio. When the door is moved or jarred, the light will turn on, chasing a way a predator or lighting the way for the homeowner.
Carriage lights are small enclosed lights that can be attached to the side of the garage, a fence or placed on a posts throughout the yard and along the driveway or sidewalks. Carriage lights come in a variety of sizes and styles and can be placed almost anywhere they can receive electricity. For homeowners who have a long driveway, placing carriage lots along the edge can be a nice addition to help the light the area on dark nights.
Strategically placed carriage lights can also supply the lighting for parties and other outdoor activities. They can be attached to almost anything equipped with electricity or alternate power source. Hanging on the posts of a security fence, they provide more than enough lighting to keep a patio or backyard pool area lit up.
What Type of Bulb Is Best for Exterior Garage Lights
Almost any type of bulb can be used in exterior garage lights. Incandescent and the small, energy efficient fluorescent bulbs are the most common. In areas where the lighting is desired more for mood than security, these types of lights offer a low light effect and can set the mood for a romantic dinner or midnight swim.
Halogen and LED lights are quickly becoming favorites with homeowners who want to make sure their home is secured and protected from outdoor intruders. In this case, the brighter the light, the better the results. A brighter light will reach longer distances and will catch the attention of people who may be passing by at the time. Both halogen and LED lights are energy efficient and long lasting, making them cost effective and convenient.
While most people spend time trying to figure out how to best light the interior of their home, they forget how important it is to have the outside well lit. Not only is this essential for safety reasons, but it also helps to dissuade unwanted intruders from making at attempt to gain entry into your home. Whether it be animal or human in nature, any bright light that has the capability of startling them will make them think twice before trying to cross the threshold.