Lights with motion detectors not only cut down on energy costs and make lighting your home more convenient, they also can provide excellent protection against break-ins and vandalism. Such lights employ the proven crime fighting psychology used by experts: the avoidance of confrontation. In this article we’ll provide you with a few tips for keeping your home safe from burglars using lights with motion sensors.

Do you ever read about a break-in or hear about them in the news, and think to yourself ‘Ah, good thing that would never happen to me…’? Unfortunately, this is probably what those individuals in the news thought at one time as well. ‘Burglaries are so seldom…’ we think, but they are unfortunately more common than we assume.

According to research a burglary happens every 40 seconds in the UK*

In light of these figures it is understandable that more and more homeowners are taking measures to prevent burglaries in any way that they can.

The simple fact that a house is equipped with some sort of burglary protection can often put off an intruder.

Effective anti-burglary protection consists of multiple elements, one of which is especially important: light –  and not just any light. The best form of light is that which catches the burglar in the act: light, switched on by a motion detector.


The psychology of burglars and how you can protect yourself

A typical burglar is always on the lookout for the path of least resistance to the greatest spoils.

Combining this, and the aspect that most burglars avoid confrontation as much as possible, you can see why easy-to-access buildings are easy victims. These buildings are those where it is obvious that no one is home, and which one can approach relatively unnoticed. If these conditions don’t exist in the first place, then the burglar will simply choose a different target.

Therefore, if you don’t want to become one of these “easy targets”, make sure that any burglar would have a hard time trying anything around your house. Ensure that there is no possible way to approach your house unseen–  using lights with motion sensors–  and make it difficult for observers to ever tell if you’re really at home or not. This can either be achieved by having the neighbour watch your home, or through intelligent lighting options.

Find out more about this exciting topic in this infographic.


Safety in the garden and around your home, thanks to motion sensors

path light fitted with motion sensor as anti-burglary protection

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Lighting controlled by motion sensors ensures that all approaching moving objects will be automatically illuminated, as well as the area around them. To do this, motion sensors register moving sources of warmth as they pass through the crosshairs of the sensor’s detection range.

Both people and animals, as well as cars will trigger these sensors, which is why installing a light with a motion sensor as a parking aide is common.

The automatic illumination isn’t only helpful for you, but also for your neighbours in case you are on the other side of the house and aren’t able to see when the light has been switched on.  A quick glance over at the illuminated area is enough to let an observer know if you are coming home from running errands– or if a burglar is at work on your locked door.

Therefore, it is important not only to install a light with motion sensors near the main entry, but also near any side or back doors, or narrow passage ways near your home. Such side entryways are often forgotten when it comes to illumination, and therefore preferred by burglars.


A note on correctly aiming your motion sensor

With every motion sensor it is important to test the light out and see which setting best fits your needs. Ideally it is a two-person job: one person holds the light up at an appropriate level, out of a burglar’s sabotaging reach, and the second person checks whether the sensor is at the right height and orientation to cover the area you wish to secure.

This is very important because the light’s ability to protect your home from burglary depends on the correct orientation of the motion sensor. If it is not adjusted correctly there may be dead space or strip of path not detectable by the motion sensor, through which movement could pass undetected.

In general it is good to keep in mind, that an object approaching the sensor on the diagonal is registered sooner that one approaching from the front. This is due to the fact that the sensor registers movement when the object (or heat-source) moves from one of the finger-like sections of the detection range to the other. An object approaching from the front could stay in one section until quite close to the sensor.


Suitable light bulbs for motion sensors

choose the right light bulb for your light that is fitted with motion dectectionItem number at 9993001 

While it is often practical to use energy-saving light bulbs in the home, they should not be used in lights with motion sensors. This is because their longer start-up time doesn’t allow them to switch on immediately, and if the motion sensor switches the light off again before the light bulb has had time to reach its full brightness, then that could harm the bulb.

As previously mentioned, it is important that motion sensor lights switch on immediately, as this is what causes the ‘shock factor’ that will frighten off any potential threats. It is important therefore that the light reaches its maximum brightness immediately.

For this reason we recommend installing high quality LED lights or lights with LED light bulbs in the outdoor area. These will switch on immediately, consume much less energy than regular halogen lights, and have a very high switch capacity, which means that frequent switching on and off won’t harm the bulbs or reduce their life.

In existing lights with the bulb base type of E27, E14 or G9 it is very easy to find and install LED versions of light bulbs. This allows to you improve the efficiency of existing lights you may have without much effort at all.


And before we go: a simple trick you can use to help keep the fact that you are away a secret

usage of modern letter boxes to protect your home from burglars while you are on vacation Item numbers at 2011001 and 4502014

Safeguarding your property is a topic that encompasses many elements, such as checking your doors, windows and locks for soundness, or installing alarms or other electronic types of protection.

We’d like to give you one more tip, which is often forgotten: ask your neighbour to collect your post every day.

Nothing gives your absence away like an external letter box bursting at the seams with newspapers, sales vouchers, and little parcels. If the letter box is emptied every day, however, then this sends the message that the occupant is around and could come home at any moment. Because most burglars don’t want to take a chance on that, something as simple as having a neighbour empty your letterbox regularly can make a big difference in the safety of your home.


Anti-burglary protection is a hot topic. 100%-sure protection naturally doesn’t exist, but a first-class illumination of your property can offer a high level of protection, as burglars are frightened off by a light switching on seemingly out of nowhere – making it clear that your home will by no means be their next target.




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