Outdoor Security Lighting: The 3 Rings of Protection

04/20/18

Too often harsh floodlights, blinding motion detectors, and other high-power measures overpower a property and take away from the home's natural beauty. Outdoor security lighting doesn't have to be harsh and startling. Click to read more... | McKay Landscape Lighting - Omaha, Nebraska

When most people think of outdoor security lighting, they automatically picture harsh floodlights and blinding motion detectors. Too often, these high-power measures overpower a property and take away from the home's natural beauty.

But, security lighting doesn’t need to be harsh and startling to be effective.

Professionally installed low-voltage landscape lighting softly illuminates and elegantly enhances your home and property while protecting you and your family.

For over the past 15 years, we've been fortunate to work with some of the region's top security professionals to elegantly illuminate Omaha’s most elite homes and properties. The knowledge we've gained has allowed us to think differently when lighting for security.

When lighting for security, we'll carefully assess what we refer to as the three rings of protection. We want to provide adequate light that eliminates any dark areas an intruder might hide within these three areas:

When we assess a home and property for outdoor security lighting, there’s something we like to refer to as the three rings of protection. Click to read more... | McKay Landscape Lighting - Omaha, Nebraska

The first ring includes light directly on the house:

Illuminating entry points, like the front entrance, side doors, lower windows, and garage, will allow you to see who’s coming and going, and make it difficult for an intruder to gain access. Up-lighting the home's columns or other architectural features will brighten dark entries and enhance its beauty.

Lighting dark walkways and paths, landscaping, outdoor living areas, and outdoor structures gives your outdoor security lighting design a more comprehensive look while eliminating dark areas. Click to read more... | McKay Landscape Lighting - Omaha, Nebraska

The second ring consists of the yard and areas close to the home:

Such as dark walkways and paths, landscaping, outdoor living areas, and outdoor structures. Some ambient light in the yard gives a more comprehensive look while eliminating dark areas.

Strategically adding outdoor security lighting each ring adds another level of protection and makes it more difficult for an intruder to get onto your property and access your home unseen. Click to read more... | McKay Landscape Lighting - Omaha, Nebraska

Lastly, the third ring includes the perimeter of your property: 

If you have lots of trees or a wooded area where someone could potentially hide, illuminating those areas will give you peace of mind. 

Essentially, strategically lighting each ring adds another level of protection and makes it more difficult for an intruder to get onto your property and access your home unseen. Usually, thieves choose an easy target, and a house that is well lit deters unwelcome intruders. 

To recap, strategically lighting your home, the areas surrounding your home and yard, and the perimeter of your property, makes it more difficult for a potential intruder to get onto your property and into your home. Professional low-voltage landscape lighting elegantly enhances your home's natural beauty while providing an elevated level of security for you and your family. 

Using more than one lighting technique within these three rings creates different layers of light. Lighting in layers not only adds beauty and interest, but it allows us to create multiple "zones" of light. Let’s say, as an example, you have a security zone that stays on from dusk until dawn, while an entertainment zone that provides less security turns off earlier. 

At McKay Landscape Lighting, we understand the art of blending security with the aesthetic aspect of a lighting design. During a free assessment, you'll meet with one of our lighting designers to discuss your security lighting needs and setting up zones.  

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We’ve been in the landscape industry since 1987, becoming a dedicated outdoor lighting company in 1992. Our team has years of experience creating and installing elegant outdoor lighting designs including providing maintenance and repair services to homes and businesses across the nation. Our award-winning company has been voted Best of Omaha and Best of Houzz by the community.

Located in Omaha, McKay Lighting services Nebraska, Iowa, and South Dakota, including Lincoln, Sioux Falls, Sioux City, Des Moines, Kearney, the surrounding areas and beyond.
 

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