Tips for Home Security Lighting to Keep Your House Safe

by Dotson Skaggs 01/19/2020

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No matter how safe your neighborhood is, it doesn’t hurt to take precautions against break-ins or thefts. Installing home security lighting is a highly effective way to deter intruders. This type of lighting also provides plenty of light for walkways and paths, making it safer for you and your family to walk around outside at night. Keep the following tips in mind for effective and efficient home security lighting for your house. 

Consider Motion Detector Lights

Some security lights, such as flood lights, are too bright to have on all night. Adding motion sensors to these lights or having motion detector lights installed won’t illuminate your home exterior the whole night. However, these lights can startle intruders by coming on when motion is detected. You can usually adjust the sensitivity of these lights, so that animals wandering around your yard at night won’t keep setting them off. For ideal security, consider placing these lights on each side of your home. 

Install Timers for Outdoor Lights

If you have outdoor lights that you plan on leaving on all the time, such as landscape lights or accent lights by your front door, consider installing timers for them. Having them set to a timer means you don’t have to worry about remembering to turn them on. They also won't accidentally be left on all day and use up energy. You can set these timers so that they turn your outdoor lights on at dusk and turn them off at dawn. While you’re installing outdoor timers, keep in mind that timers for indoor lights provide a good way to deter intruders when you’re away on vacation. These timers help give the appearance that someone is home at your house.

Use Energy-Efficient Bulbs

When you have outdoor lighting that stays on all night, you can save on energy usage by switching to LED or CFL bulbs. Incandescent bulbs use up more energy, and they don’t last as long overall. Replacing these with LED or CFL bulbs helps reduce your energy usage and the amount you spend on outdoor lighting, since they don’t have to replaced as much. 

Light Up Hiding Spots

When you’re determining where outdoor security lights should go, look for any potential hiding spots that an intruder might use. For example, you can install landscape lights or uplights that shine on bushes where someone could lurk. You can also use outdoor lights to illuminate dark corners or areas of your property to discourage intruders from approaching your home. Keep in mind that any lights you install should be fully enclosed, so that intruders can’t easily remove the bulbs. 

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About the Author
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Dotson Skaggs

Living in Denver continuously since 1960, Dotson has witnessed The Mile High City mature to become one of the nation’s top metropolitan statistical areas.  As one of Denver’s elite real estate salesman with 2,000+ homes sold and $600,000,000+ in sold volume, Dotson is annually one of the top 15 agents out of 5,000+ members with the Denver Metro Association of Realtors.

     Based on the principles of service, professionalism, and our Realtor Code of Ethics, Dotson sponsors and donates his time to numerous community service projects such as dumpster day, shredding day, a community garage sale weekend and a neighborhood young entrepreneur’s career fair.  Dotson also distributes American flags to neighborhoods for the Fourth of July, helps sponsor a neighborhood picnic, prepares and distributes HOA directories to various communities and sponsors a neighborhood annual photo session with the Easter Bunny.  Dotson also serves his fellow Realtors by volunteering on the Denver Metro Association of Realtor’s Professional Standard’s (Ethics) Committee.

     To better serve his clientele with the principles outlined above, Dotson left his own independent real estate company after 22 successful years and joined the nationally acclaimed Kentwood Real Estate in 2005.  Dotson has been blessed with the opportunity to serve countless homeowners and buyers with their individually unique and diverse needs.

     In addition to real estate, Dotson’s passions are spending time with his growing family, working out, playing golf, reading and observing the political scene.  He dreams to one day possess a golf game which is commensurate to his real estate career.  However, Dotson is also known to be overly optimistic when it comes to his golf game.

Dotson’s Favorite Quote is:  “Never Give Up.  Never Give up.  Never.  Never.  Never.”            Sir Winston Churchill (1941)

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A BRIEF SUMMARY OF DOTSON'S CREDENTIALS AND REAL ESTATE EXPERIENCE:

Over 30 Years of Real Estate Experience in Negotiating the Sale, Purchase and Leasing of Property (20 Years Broker/Owner) 

Over $600 Million in Sales Volume 

2,500+ Homes Sold in the Denver Metro Area

2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 Wall Street Journal - Top 100 producing agents in Denver Metro Area

2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 Kentwood Champion’s Club Recognizing Over $17 - $31+ Million of Annual Sales

2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 & 2017 Denver Metro Association of Realtors Gold Roundtable of Excellence Award with $17 - $31" Million of Sales Volume 

Prestigious Certified Luxury Home Marketing Specialist Designation

Member of the Colorado Association of Realtors’ Ethics and Professional Standards Committee for the Past 25 Years 

Member of National Association of Realtors

Member of Colorado Association of Realtors

Member of Denver Metro Association of Realtors

Member of Denver Metro Area Multiple Listing Service

     In addition to possessing a true love for assisting homeowners and buyers with their real estate needs, Dotson is just as devoted to his family's needs. In his leisure time, Dotson enjoys activities such as snow skiing, golfing and camping in the beautiful Colorado mountains.  Dotson has also contributed to the Denver Metro area community by being an active supporter in many local groups and charities. He served in the Big Brother's organization for 10 years and has supported and contributed to the American Zang Foundation. This organization provides assistance for low-income and minority students in locating, applying for and obtaining college scholarships.

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OVER 30 YEARS OF TRUST AND EXPERIENCE

SERVING THE ENTIRE DENVER METRO AREA

  • MBA, BS, CRS, GRI, ABR, CDPE, LHMI, MCNE
  • Top 10 Brokers - Denver Board of Realtors
  • Top 15 Individual Sales - Denver Board of Realtors
  • Top 10 Transactions - Denver Board of Realtor
  • More than $500 Million Career Sales and 2,500 Transactions

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EDUCATION

  • Masters of Business Administration - Marketing
  • Bachelor of Science-Business/Land Management