Enhancing Home Security with LED Lighting


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Many homeowners turn to alarms and cameras to keep their property safe and their families protected, but outdoor security lighting is often the most affordable and effective home security system. Outdoor security lights with motion sensor technology can deter unwanted intruders with ultra bright LED. In this article I will guide you through the importance of outdoor security lighting, the types of LED security lights, their benefits, and how to us them to scare off unwanted visitors.

The Importance of LED Outdoor Security Lights

There’s a strong link between LED flood lighting and security. Burglars and other criminals prefer to operate under the cover of darkness. A well-lit property with exterior security lights creates a psychological deterrent, as potential intruders are much less likely to approach a brightly illuminated home. Along with keeping intruders at bay, security lights also improve general visibility so you can safely navigate your property at night and keep an eye out for wildlife. Whether you're home or away, the power of LED outdoor flood lights ensures that your property remains secure around the clock.

Types of Outdoor Security Lights

Outdoor security light
LED security lights come in various forms, each serving a specific function to enhance your home's security.

Outdoor LED Flood Light

Outdoor LED flood light
LED flood lights are a popular choice for home security due to their brightness, energy efficiency, and long lifespan.These lights are designed to illuminate large areas with a broad beam, making them ideal for driveways, backyards, and other expansive spaces. They provide strong, bright light that deters intruders and enhances visibility.
LED flood lights

Are LED Flood Lights Waterproof?

Waterproof LED flood lights
Waterproof outdoor LED floodlights with a high IP rating are designed to withstand outdoor conditions and exposure to the elements. From severe thunderstorms to wind and rain, you can rely on these lights to perform well under any conditions.

LED Spotlights

LED spotlight
LED outdoor spotlights, sometimes referred to as LED bullet spotlights, can provide focused directional lighting on specific areas; this is in contrast to the wide beam angle of LED flood lighting. The narrow beam is perfect for illuminating your front door, driveway, or other access points.

LED Pathway Lights

LED pathway lights

Low-profile path lights are perfect for lining walkways, steps, and other pedestrian areas. They can make navigating your property in the dark easier and safer.

Motion-Activated Lights

A motion security light turns on when it detects movement, alerting you to any activity around your home. They are energy-efficient, operating only when needed, and can help reduce light pollution.

How to Choose the Best Outdoor Security Lights

When selecting security lights, consider the following factors to ensure you choose the best option for your needs:


Outdoor security lights
Start by identifying the areas around your home that need illumination. The main entry points, like doors and gates, should be prioritized, along with other vulnerable areas like windows and dark corners of the property. Look into potential hiding spots like alleys, sheds, or detached garages.


The brightness of LED lights is measured in lumens. Higher wattage correlates with higher lumens and, therefore, brighter light output. Generally, lights placed in darker areas require more lumens than in better-lit areas. Exterior outdoor flood lights are recommended to have between 1900 lumens to 12600 lumens, while LED spotlights should have around 3000 lumens.


Beam Angle

Choose a suitable beam angle for coverage. Floodlights offer a broader beam angle and can cover wide areas, while spotlights are ideal for focused lighting on specific points.

Color Selectable Feature

LED light color selection
Cooler color temperatures of 5000K or higher provide better contrast and visibility for security purposes. I recommend you find an exterior LED flood light that allows you to adjust the lights hue between 3 different selectable color temperatures, all at the touch of a switch. With color-selectable flood lights, you can simply toggle between the following color tones of white light: warm white 3000K, cool white 4000K, or bright white 5000K, all in a single weatherproof flood light.

Get Waterproof Flood Lighting

Ensure the lights are durable and weatherproof, suitable for outdoor use in various conditions. IP65-rated waterproof outdoor LED flood lights are designed to resist rust and corrosion from rain and weather exposure.

Motion Sensors

motion sensors

A security LED light with motion sensors is a great way to optimize energy savings and provide convenience, ensuring your lights operate only when necessary. Motion-activated lights are particularly effective security measures, as they startle intruders and draw attention to any suspicious activity.

Universal Voltage Range for Commercial Applications

Universal Voltage Range for Commercial Applications
Universal voltage range LED flood lights work with residential (120V) and commercial (277V) electrical systems, eliminating compatibility issues and simplifying project planning. These universal LED floodlights are adaptable, easy to use, and reduce the chance of errors compared to non-universal fixtures. They streamline projects, save time, and cut costs, making them an excellent choice for outside security lights.

0-10V Dimmable

Dimmable LED flood lights offer precise lighting control, improved energy efficiency, and durability for outdoor use. Unlike non-dimmable options, which only have on/off modes, NuWatt exterior floodlights feature 0-10V dimming for fine-tuned light intensity.



Positioning Home Security Lights

Home security lights
Strategic placement of your security lights is essential for maximizing their effectiveness. Here are some tips on where to install your lights:

1. Entrances: Install lights above all entry points, including front and back doors, to deter intruders and provide visibility.
Home entrance light
2. Pathways and Driveways: Illuminate walkways and driveways to ensure safe passage and highlight any movement in these areas.
Pathway lighting
3. Backyards and Open Spaces: Floodlights cover large open areas, making it difficult for intruders to approach unnoticed.
Backyard lighting
4. Ground-floor windows: Place lights near ground-floor windows to prevent intruders from attempting to enter your home through these points.
Ground floor windows
5. Garages and Commercial Buildings: Ensure these areas are well-lit to protect valuable property stored outside.
Commercial lighting

Mounting Outside Security Lights

Mounting security lights
Choosing the right mounting option for your outdoor security lights ensures their effectiveness and security. Depending on your installation location and preference, there are several options to consider.
  • Flush mount brackets: Ideal for flat surfaces
  • Trunnion mount brackets: More flexible positioning, allowing you to adjust the light's angle
  • Swivel mount brackets: Good for areas requiring directional lighting
  • Slipfitter mount brackets: Commonly used for pole installations
  • Yoke mount brackets: Versatile and can be used for various mounting needs
  • Polearm mount brackets: Designed for street and area lighting
Radial arms and posts offer additional options for customizing your light installation, ensuring your property is well-illuminated and secure from all angles.

Start Exploring Home Security Lights

Investing in quality lighting is crucial in protecting your home and achieving peace of mind. NuWatt offers a wide range of outdoor LED security lights, including bullet lights and floodlights designed to withstand weather conditions. These lights provide practical solutions to enhance home security. By carefully selecting and positioning your LED security lights, you can create a safer, more secure environment for you and your family.