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Posted on: September 18, 2019

Porch Light Protocol

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Are you in the habit of putting your porch light on at night or when you are heading out on vacation? If this is a regular part of your nighttime routine, you may want to adjust your porch light procedure after reading this blog. 

When to Turn Your Porch Lights On

•    At night when you're home (and awake). Leaving your light on during this time alerts people to the fact that someone is home. It also allows you to see anyone approaching or prowling around outside your porch or property. 

•    When you go out at night. You'll be able to get to your front door easier and unlock it more quickly when you get home versus fumbling with your keys in the dark. 

•    In combination with other lights. If you have exterior lighting in your back yard or by the garage, use along with porch lights. 

When to Keep Your Lights Off

So, we've told you when to keep your porch lights on, but when should you turn them off? Here are our suggestions: Having your porch lights on all the time isn't helpful. It may actually even attract burglars. Here's when we suggest leaving them off: 

•    When it's light out. Exterior lights left on all day can give the impression that nobody is home. This can attract burglars. 

•    When you're on vacation. Leaving your lights on for several days in a row, all day long is a pretty clear indicator that you're not at home. When you go to sleep. We know this sounds weird, but hear us out. Most residential crime happens during daylight hours, so that porch light at 3 a.m. might not make much of a difference.


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