Solar Security Light

Solar Motion Light

Should We Keep Our Burglars in the Dark?

According to FBI research, outdoor lighting is an effective theft deterrent.  According to your home security salesman, outdoor lighting is an effective way to help burglars see what they’re doing as they break into your home.  I am not joking.  Several months ago this is what a home security installation company told me.  Obviously, the goal of professional home security companies is to make prospective customers feel unsafe and vulnerable to those bold burglars who appreciate the generous amounts of lights around your home.  So, who do we believe?

I pondered the odd, far-fetched notion of the security salesman for a moment, while I looked outside at the windows in back. I imagined the number of convenient hiding places the darkness of night provides for burglars. Three conclusions about the salesman’s advice became rather obvious:

  1. This guy is full of the stuff a burglar would step in if there were horses in my backyard.
  2. If I were a burglar who feared the dark, I’d probably have a flashlight with me.
  3. If I needed generous amounts of light to break into a door or window, why would I be doing it at night in the first place?

If for some strange reason you still believe a burglar prefers a blazing, bright spotlight glaring upon his back as he attempts to break-in through your windows at night, you might consider what a security light means to other types of intruders.

Four-Legged Burglars

Besides a bashful human burglar, nothing loves the dark more than a raccoon. This is one more excellent reason to keep your outdoor perimeter well-lit at night. Raccoons can be trouble. They might not be interested in that LCD Television, camcorder or jewelry that you have in your home, but they will steal food – right from your garden. Unless, Rex, the Barking Electronic Watch Dog is on guard, you won’t even know they were there. They will rob you blind. Worst of all, if you allow raccoons to get comfortable enough around your yard they will eventually make themselves a comfortable home right in your attic or roof. While raccoons hate the daylights out of lights, the makers of Solar Security Lights obviously love these little critters for helping burglars keep them in business. Meanwhile, anyone who tells you that a human burglar prefers being a movie star under bright outdoor lights while breaking the law, probably doesn’t want you to know about raccoons either. At any rate, I think the two different types of intruders give us enough of a reason to keep our yards well lit at night. So the next question is, “what is the most practical and affordable way to acquire security lighting?”

Solar or Electric Lights?

A Motion Light is a Security Light – a spotlight that goes on when motion is detected. Security lights can be programmed for motion sensitivity, light sensitivity and for how long the light stays on. A Solar Security Light behaves exactly the same way as an Electrical Security Light. There are some good reasons to go with a Solar Powered Security Light, but there are also a few reasons to choose electric or battery-powered lighting.


Advantages and Disadvantages of Solar Powered Security Lighting


* Advantages

  • Convenience. No electrical wiring required. Easy to install.
  • Saves Energy. Since they are powered by the sun, saves on the environment and your utilities bill.
  • Looks and Appearance: No cords means clean looks and installation.
  • Versatility. Can be placed anywhere the sun shines.

* Disadvantages

  • Initial Cost. Solar products are more expensive than electrical
  • Requires solar energy and needs to be installed where it is exposed to generous amounts of sun.
  • Solar Security lights are generally not as bright as electric lighting
  • Solar panels lose energy over time and are more susceptible to the weather elements and wear and tear.

Do You See The Light?

A solar powered security light doesn’t have to be the one and only outdoor lighting solution for your home, but they certainly are welcome in areas that lack convenient power outlets and other locations where you cannot bury or hide cabling. What prompted me to write this article was the success and good luck I’ve had with landscape lighting and solar motion lighting in both the front and back yard of my home. Solar Lighting has made it possible for me to make household improvements I would otherwise not attempt without an electrician or at the very least; a brave or possibly drunk relative who owes you a favor.

LED Security Light

This Solar Powered Security LED Light deserves strong consideration for two reasons:

  1. Extremely Low Cost
  2. Small, portable yet very bright LED Lights


Batteries last for 2-3 years and are easily replaced. The LED lights are nice and bright and are advertised to last for 10 years! This is the perfect light solution to put around windows, patio, garden, pathways, etc… For $25 or less, you will get your money’s worth from these right away. Comes with 16 foot cord so you can position the solar panel just about anywhere.

Give Me a Brighter Light

Find one that literally looks like a car headlight beam is shining down upon you. Great way to light up an entry way or patio.

Need to Light a Larger Area?

Some are more reminiscent of the very bright, common electrical security lights, this one will light up a whole section of the house as soon as motion is detected. They come with dual lights which are perfect for mounting along dark corners or even along wide, straight areas of the property. Also, has long cable and replaceable battery packs as options.

Do you have a garage without light or dark basement or closet? Solar lights will not work for areas that do not receive the energy from the sun. However, other, battery powered units are perfect for those situations.

Do It Yourself Home Security System

Do it Yourself Home Security System
Skylink Home Security

Best Home Security System Reviewed

What is the best home security system? The Barking dog alarm wasn’t bad, but is it enough? Great news, if you’re in the market for a cheap, do it yourself home security system. A few weeks ago, a neighbor of ours was burglarized. Nothing was taken from their house because they had a professionally installed Home Alarm System. According to the police, the loud, piercing sound of the alarm is the best home security system you can possibly have and totally discouraged the burglars from even trying. I felt it was long past due that I protected my own house before I became a victim. The best home security system is the one that makes burglars think twice, right? So, what is the best home security system company for me?

Home Security Companies

The best home security system shouldn’t cost an arm and a leg. I checked with a few local alarm companies, and got one estimate from a local company who seemed very competent, professional and trustworthy. However, a few things kept me from going this route: One, Cost$200 – $500 installation, plus monthly fees ranging from $35. $50 per month. Seems expensive, even for the best ones. Two, Phone System Compatibility:Vonage is not compatible with the alarm dial-in service, which requires a regular land-line. The solution is a cell phone back up which adds another $250 – $300 to the price above. Three: Motion Detectors and Pets. I knew that I would never be comfortable with the fact that our cat could possibly set off a false alarm. For the reasons above, I decided to look into getting an inexpensive, do-it-yourself, wireless  alarm system. One other thing, which swayed me from the alarm system companies was that the fact that so many of them did not get good reviews when it comes to response time once a call is dispatched.  What is the point in paying for a service like this if you cannot be confident in it?  If I could find an inexpensive product that would dial me directly when an alarm was triggered, I could bypass the monthly fees, and would gladly use some of the savings to go back to a traditional land line telephone service to make it work. Also, if I could setup my own alarm system, I would spend the time and practice necessary to get around the concerns about the cat and motion detector.  A good do it yourself home security system is the one product that meets all of these needs exactly:

Do-It-Yourself Wireless Kit

The Skylink Deluxe SC100 is Wireless Home Alarm System by Skylink that costs only $109.95 and is a breeze to install.  This kit includes: Wireless Keypad with alarm, two door/window entry detectors, one motion detector and remote keychain. What sold me on this particular kit was its starting price and expandability. Up to 30 motion or accessory products are supported. Also, a dial-in unit can be added for approximately $100 that accomplishes exactly what I had hoped was possible: The Emergency Dialer will store and dial up to 9 different phone numbers in-case of a break-in. There are no monthly fees. The way I look at it, this is a much more effective way of responding to possible break-ins, because it puts me in full control of how to proceed at my own discretion. The complete package with the emergency dial-in unit (See Image Below), Skylink SL Gold Deluxe, can be had for a little under $200.00. I opted to forego the dial-in unit initially, knowing that I could order it later, if I was satisfied with my initial setup.
(Dial In Unit Show Right) AD433-S.

Wireless Home Security Dialer
Emergency Dialer

Only one shortcoming would prevent me from rating this product even higher: It would be nice if the transmitter kept a log of door entries, alarm breaches, etc. Otherwise the Skylink SC100 is an excellent choice and I believe it to be the best do it yourself home security system for a reasonable price.

Final Rating:

Features: 84
Operation: 88
Installation and Ease of use:
92 Expansion: 88 Price
Value: 90
Overall: 88

What Is The Best Watch Dog

Rex Plus Barking Dog Alarm
Rex Plus

Rex Plus Barking Dog Alarm

Best Watch Dog?

As my review on the Skylink SC100 Alarm system showed, there are some very effective, inexpensive solutions for securing your home and making you feel protected against break-ins and burglars. But, is there anything better than a big dog that barks and warns you ahead of time? What is the best watch dog to watch your home? When my lab passed away this spring, I quickly learned that I missed her bark which I had grown to rely on and take for granted for the last 14.5 years.

Is the Best Watch Dog the Best Home Security?

Dogs have an amazing ability to sense and know when someone is approaching your home or yard, but not everyone has the time or ability to care for a dog. Rex Plus, The Barking Dog Alarm, gives you the best of both worlds: The loud, threatening bark of a big dog, without the maintenance, time and costs to actually care for the real thing. While, most Home Security alarms are designed to trigger a siren when there is a break in, the Rex Plus Barking Dog Alarm, will alert you to an intruder when he gets within 20 to 30 feet of your front door. The Rex Plus Motion-sensing Alarm, is the perfect compliment to the Skylink Security System I reviewed last month. Half the size of a toaster oven, the Rex Alarm System can be placed near any door, window or entry way of your house. When a person or animal gets near, it lets out a German-Shepard-sized bark. If the intruder continues, Rex barks louder and more ferociously until the intruder walks away. From outside doors and windows, it would be very difficult for a potential burglar to tell the difference between Rex the Alarm, and a real dog. Most intruders would rather walk away or find a new victim then take a chance.  the Rex Plus barking dog alarm also has a more soothing Rainforest Sound setting, if you prefer to be alerted, but not scare anybody. The rainforest setting can be either triggered by motion, or set for constant ambience background sound. You can also choose a setting where the barking dog will eventually turn into a very loud siren alarm. Rex, The Barking Dog Alarm plugs into any of your power outlets, and comes with two controls: one for volume and the other for setting the type of sound: Rain Forest, Barking Dog, Rain Forest Ambience and Siren.I very highly recommend this product for anyone who does not have an alarm system, as well as those who do. It is a great way to provide additional security and protection to your home, especially for those of us like me, who have grown to love and appreciate the protective instincts of a pet canine. One feature that I found lacking was an on/off switch or some other remote means of turning him off. None-the-less, Rex Plus, The barking dog alarm is an outstanding way to help protect your house.

Update on the Rex Plus Barking Dog Alarm

It is nearly impossible for me to believe that we’ve owned Rex for nearly 6 years! It is now in our basement and doing a great job barking at the raccoon that try and come to the door. Rex has paid for himself. He’s been a loyal watchdog and security alarm and doesn’t cost us any money for maintenance such as in food and dog supplies. Rex is the best watch dog you’ll find at any price.