They come in many styles, the household security light, ranging from small porch lights to those massive floodlights. There’s no doubt they have benefits for the householder but they can also have drawbacks, particularly the floodlight type.
Once such problem is poor installation, leading to annoyance for others.
The idea is plainly to illuminate the immediate area around your own property. Simple enough, or it should be. Yet we’ve all seen those 500 watt lamps lighting up the entire neighbourhood!
Who does that householder think they’re helping? Certainly not the neighbours, they get a blast of daylight every time the light is triggered, leading to disturbed sleep and the consequential discord. It’s residential property being protected not a sports arena!
Maybe the electricity company benefit. Certainly with 500 watts of power firing off several times a night the bill will soon mount up. Is it really necessary to have such a powerful lamp? With an average light bulb being around 60 watts that’s like turning on 8-9 of those each time something (i.e. cat) walks across the area. Crazy! A light of only 250 watts is ample to illuminate a garden or driveway, provided it’s positioned correctly, and it’ll save money!
Without getting in to legalities, nuisance is something that can often be dealt with under local authority by-laws, but who really wants to go down that route? Simple answer is for anyone putting up a security floodlight to think and not just about themselves! This is one case where Bigger is definitely not Better.