How often have we taken the lights in our home for granted – we hate it when a light bulb blows as we are left alone in the dark fumbling around.
Below are some suggestions to keep your home well lit and safe.
Good lighting in and outside the home is so important as we get older as sadly we all need more light to see well.
Make sure you use bright bulbs – This is crucial and never more so than on the stairs. Low energy bulbs are not ideal for the stairs as they can fade over time and you will need to change them more often. You must make sure the lighting on the stairs is bright as you do not want to fall, stumble and injure yourself.
Keep a lamp or torch by your bedside. – How often do we get up at night (especially when we are older). We wake up and can be distorted and certainly in the dark can bump into things and fall over. A torch by the bedside (or a touch sensitive bedside lamp) will avoid you trying to locate the switches in the dark and more important if there is a power failure a torch will be vital
I always keep two spare torches in my home and both have batteries already installed and in good working order. Should there be a power cut this is far safer than lighting a candle
Consider a night light – These turn on automatically during the night and will provide a low light which will help you see your way to the toilet or see where the stairs are if you feel the need to get up at night.
Power cuts – We can never be sure when a power cut will occur and always best to think ahead and be prepared. I referred above on how I keep some extra torches in the house ready for such an occasion. So check around your home now to see if you have any torches and more importantly that you have the necessary batteries.
Below are a few other tips on how lights can make your home safe and secure and will keep the burglars at bay
Leave low energy lights on timers around the house and keep either the radio or tv on as this will appear someone is around the house.
Check outside your home – how dark is it? To a burglar that is what the seek. If it is so dark they can hide in your driveway or path – avoid this by installing a security light but make sure it is one that will not disturb the neighbours.
Consider visible burglar alarms which can make burglars think twice; get specialist advice and consult your insurance company.
Hedging and shrubs to the front of your property should be pruned to no higher than 1m and trim trees up from the ground to 2m. This will allow a clear line of sight across your property and will stop the garden being used as a hiding place.
I hope these few tips will help you in making your home brighter and secure.