Situated between Denver to the north and Littleton to the south is a 6.7 square mile area known as Englewood. Incorporated in 1903 Englewood is home to over 30,000 residents living in 16,000 residential housing units, the majority of which are single family detached homes. Due to its close proximity to Denver, Englewood struggles with some of the same issues as Denver, most notably crime. While the number of violent crimes per 1,000 people in Englewood is lower than both Colorado and the national average, property crime in Englewood is more than twice the national average. While there are a number of security solutions on the market, security experts point to outdoor lighting for homes and businesses as one of the least expensive and most effective means of preventing crime.
Residential Security Lighting
When it comes to protecting your home from crime, improving the lighting outside your home is the best way to deter criminals. Outside the home there are a number of lighting options, depending on the level of security you need and how much you are willing to impact the design aesthetic of your home.
For example, decorative landscaping lighting offers the least amount of security; it also detracts from your home’s decor the least and in most cases can actually add curb appeal. In contrast, motion or alarm triggered security lighting provides the best protection but are more designed for functionality rather than style. A blend of decorative lighting, security lighting, and utility lighting is the most common form of outdoor home lighting. Utility lighting is designed more for illuminating our porches, garages, patios and walkways than for security, but they often are used to illuminate larger areas than decorative lighting so they yield a moderate level of security without hurting your home’s curb appeal.
Since electricity and the elements can result in significant and potentially lethal electrical hazards, lighting for safety reasons it is imperative that you hire a licensed residential electrician to install any outdoor lighting. In most cases, not only can an experienced residential electrician ensure your outdoor lighting is safe, they can also help you design an outdoor lighting system that best meets your needs.
Commercial Security Lighting
Much like residential security lighting, the primary goal of commercial security lighting is to help prevent crimes. What sets commercial security lighting apart, however, is the size and complexity of commercial security lighting systems.
Typically businesses have substantially more area to cover and require more elaborate and comprehensive lighting systems. In order to be cost effective, most commercial security lighting systems must serve multiple purposes. For example, lights in parking lots and at gas stations not only function as utility lights to help customers see, they also help to prevent criminal and other unwanted behavior. Lighting inside retail businesses, in addition to helping customers see where they are going, can actually influence customer’s behavior. Industrial businesses use interior and exterior security lighting not only for security but also to help them meet Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) minimum lighting standards.
Due to the size of most commercial security lighting systems and the area they are required to illuminate, these systems are very power hungry. Increasingly businesses are investing in upgrading old, inefficient lighting systems with highly efficient Light Emitting Diode (LED) technology. LEDs can produce the same amount of light as traditional lighting, but uses only a fraction of the power. In addition, LEDs last much longer than most other forms of lighting. As a result, businesses who upgrade to LED lighting often see considerable savings on both their energy bills and maintenance expenses.
APower is dedicated to the safety and reliability of your electric service no matter if it’s residential, commercial or industrial. Our team of fast, friendly and experienced electricians can handle all of your electric service needs from designing and installing large, complex security lighting for your business to small motion detecting security lighting for your home. Fully licensed and insured, APower’s electricians will make sure the job is done right the first time, every time. Most importantly you can enjoy the peace of mind of knowing your electric service is as safe and reliable as possible. Contact APower today and protect your home or business with a new security lighting system before you become another crime victim.