Outdoor flood lights can provide affordable security to your home as well as illuminating a good portion of your deck, or patio for extended nighttime entertaining.
According to the Crime Reduction College, low-level, dusk-to-dawn lighting rather than lights that trigger with motion detectors are more effective crime deterrents. Motion sensor lights that come on only when someone walks into the field of view of the infrared (IR) detector-does have its uses, but it isn’t enough on its own. Overall, a constant, gentle light source is more effective.
A low-energy light with a dawn-to-dusk control can be the best option. Low-wattage lighting that stays on constantly throughout the night provides sufficient yet steady illumination and is actually cheaper to run than tungsten halogen flood lights. However, they aren’t extremely bright so many homeowners opt for a combination solution of a dusk-to-dawn light and a motion-sensor flood light.
Motion-sensor lights add a level of convenience. It’s safer for guests on your property to have a well-lit walk, and it’s easier to find your keys and get into your house when you have sufficient light to see.