A beautiful view of a home in afternoon from front with a garage and shining windows

A beautiful view of a home from front with a garage and shining windows and garden around it with wooden floor

As the days get shorter, more people are coming home from work or errands after dark. Improving outdoor lighting is a popular way of providing peace of mind and adding ambience to the exterior of a home. Chandler Joseph, a sales representative for White Star Supply, said LED lighting is the most popular option for outdoor lighting and there is a variety of reasons. One LED lighting option is with a photo cell that automatically goes on when it’s dark and turns off in daylight. It can also be operated with a timer. Another more popular option is LED lighting with a motion sensor that automatically comes on when it detects the movement of animals, humans, vehicles or anything else. “When an LED light comes on, it causes people (and animals) to run,” he said. LED lights are durable, burn cooler, last longer and offer the best quality lighting available. The motion sensor lights can be set up with a timer that keeps them lit for a predetermined amount of time to allow people time get safely inside of their homes. Outdoor LED lighting is inexpensive to operate, which is another advantage to consider. They are extremely energy efficient, using 90% less power than incandescent bulbs. They only cost about $4 a year in electricity, compared with the cost of operating incandescent lighting, estimated at $40 a year. The decreased energy use is also good for the environment, which manufacturers use as a selling point. During winter months, when temperatures drop, LEDs perform about 5% better. They are also easy to control the direction of light to focus on different objects such as landscaping or to highlight special accent areas of a yard. Joseph said timers are rarely used because of the motion-sensitive lighting on the market nowadays. He said LED lighting is easy to install for the average person. “It’s fairly simple,” he said. When people arrive at home after dark, rather than fumble for their house key, many are choosing keyless entry pads to unlock their doors, said Diana Carter, a locksmith/purchaser at Colins Lock and Safe. She said a number of rental properties use keyless entry pads because the entry code can be changed through a cell phone app. The entry pads can even be operated hands-free, she said. “It’s more of a preference for hands-free,” she said. There are even keyless dead bolts on the market, she said. A handy homeowner can install keyless entry systems on their own. It’s often simply a matter of installing the new pad where the original keyhole is located. “Usually a technician will tell them what to do,” Carter said. “We do quite a few.”

By GORDON JACKSON

As the days get shorter, more people are coming home from work or errands after dark.

Improving outdoor lighting is a popular way of providing peace of mind and adding ambience to the exterior of a home.

Chandler Joseph, a sales representative for White Star Supply, said LED lighting is the most popular option for outdoor lighting and there is a variety of reasons.

One LED lighting option is with a photo cell that automatically goes on when it’s dark and turns off in daylight. It can also be operated with a timer.

Another more popular option is LED lighting with a motion sensor that automatically comes on when it detects the movement of animals, humans, vehicles or anything else.

“When an LED light comes on, it causes people (and animals) to run,” he said.

LED lights are durable, burn cooler, last longer and offer the best quality lighting available.

The motion sensor lights can be set up with a timer that keeps them lit for a predetermined amount of time to allow people time get safely inside of their homes.

Outdoor LED lighting is inexpensive to operate, which is another advantage to consider. They are extremely energy efficient, using 90% less power than incandescent bulbs. They only cost about $4 a year in electricity, compared with the cost of operating incandescent lighting, estimated at $40 a year. The decreased energy use is also good for the environment, which manufacturers use as a selling point.

During winter months, when temperatures drop, LEDs perform about 5% better.

They are also easy to control the direction of light to focus on different objects such as landscaping or to highlight special accent areas of a yard.

Joseph said timers are rarely used because of the motion-sensitive lighting on the market nowadays.

His store sells to the public as well as contractors. He said LED lighting is easy to install for the average person.

“It’s fairly simple,” he said.

When people arrive at home after dark, rather than fumble for their house key, many are choosing keyless entry pads to unlock their doors, said Diana Carter, a locksmith/purchaser at Colins Lock and Safe.

She said a number of rental properties use keyless entry pads because the entry code can be changed through a cell phone app. The entry pads can even be operated hands-free, she said.

“It’s more of a preference for hands-free,” she said.

There are even keyless dead bolts on the market, she said.

A handy homeowner can install keyless entry systems on their own. It’s often simply a matter of installing the new pad where the original keyhole is located.

“Usually a technician will tell them what to do,” Carter said. “We do quite a few.”