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Sunday, August 9, 2009

Home security lighting

That’s another amateur home-electrician project out of the way. Four stylish new security light-fixtures have replaced the cheap ratty old coach lights on the front and back of the house, one on the porch, one on each side of the garage door, and one by the patio. Trying to find something that did not detract from the looks of the house was a pain, but I think the new fixtures are both aesthetically pleasing and functional. They produce enough light to act as a crime deterrent while accenting the house and the landscape, but not enough light to irritate the neighbors. Each of the new fixtures can be set to light from dusk-to-dawn via a photocell or light via a motion detector. For now, everything in the front of the house is set for dusk-to-dawn while the rear is set for motion detection. Now I won’t need to remember to turn the outside lights off and on manually. For the past decade, our house was the only one on the street that would leave exterior lights on all night long. Since July 1 of this year, when police arrested residents of a neighboring house for burglarizing cars in the darkness, EVERY HOUSE is lighting up.

My guess is that there are no failsafe crime-prevention methods; the best we can settle for is to be vigilant and invest in deterrence.

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