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Lighting Schemes for Garage Security

When arriving home after a long day at work, you want to feel safe as you pull up to your driveway. This safety must then be continued even after you’ve closed your garage door. However, this can be difficult to obtain when you don’t have the proper lighting scheme around your garage area. Therefore, the following list includes some of the best ways to set up your lighting to ensure garage security and deter would-be thieves.

Detached Garage Security

The fact of the matter is that not everyone has a garage that is attached to the home. A common mistake made when lighting this type of garage is forgetting to also light the path going from the garage to your home entrance. Thieves can simply wait it out until you’ve crossed into the darker area. Note that you should avoid cheap solar-powered lights as these do not provide ample lighting to see your surroundings.

Semi-Direct Lighting

Perhaps the best lighting scheme you can add to your garage is a semi-direct lighting scheme. This is where you receive lighting both upwards and downwards but with 45 percent of that going down. The mistake homeowners tend to make is using only direct lighting that focuses on one part of the garage (often being the sides of them). This leads to much of that light not going far down enough to highlight areas that normal-sized people would be walking through, especially if they are crouching down. Note that if you are ready to start on a garage door installation project, you may also want to sync the door with the light so that when your door does open or close, the lighting system turns on by itself.

Diffused Lighting

If you have a smaller garage, then you might not need to add the above lighting scheme. Instead, you can simply utilize a powerful enough bulb that can diffuse the light across the whole area equally.