Indoor Lighting

This is a discussion on Indoor Lighting within the Home (And Away From Home) Defense Discussion forums, part of the Related Topics category; I just re-read In the Gravest Extreme again last week while I was on vacation. In one part of the book Ayoob discusses lighting in ...

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    I just re-read In the Gravest Extreme again last week while I was on vacation. In one part of the book Ayoob discusses lighting in the home - specifically leaving certain lights on that would give you an advantage should you have a break in during the night. The moment I got home I found myself moving lamps around my first floor to help illuminate areas visible from my second floor landing. I also decided to turn off all of the lights on the second floor to leave it in deeper shadows. My wife thought I was having some type of mental breakdown by getting involved in decorating...

    I was curious if anyone else has done the same thing? Do you leave certain lights on to give you an advantage should you have a home invader? Have you thought through where you would go and what would you do if you were awakened by a crash in the middle of the night? Or, am I just late to the game and lucky that I haven't needed to think through these scenarios before?

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    Quote Originally Posted by RickyD View Post
    I just re-read In the Gravest Extreme again last week while I was on vacation. In one part of the book Ayoob discusses lighting in the home - specifically leaving certain lights on that would give you an advantage should you have a break in during the night. The moment I got home I found myself moving lamps around my first floor to help illuminate areas visible from my second floor landing. I also decided to turn off all of the lights on the second floor to leave it in deeper shadows. My wife thought I was having some type of mental breakdown by getting involved in decorating...

    I was curious if anyone else has done the same thing? Do you leave certain lights on to give you an advantage should you have a home invader? Have you thought through where you would go and what would you do if you were awakened by a crash in the middle of the night? Or, am I just late to the game and lucky that I haven't needed to think through these scenarios before?

    I leave lights on, my wife hates it but it makes sense to leave the bad guy in the light and me in the dark. My wife actually thinks it is cool when walking around our yard, every corner trips a motion light
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    The lights in this house were natural for dark shadows upstairs, with lights directed at the entryways. An intruder is going to be looking into light walking into the home already.

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    In addition to having lights on which would discourage someone from coming in there , it also gives me a advantage by lighting them up.

    The biggest arw most activated night lights. They log up the guy and show me what his path is. You have a huge advantage.

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    I have done this for years. Highlights them and hides me. I like it.
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    If something does go bump in the night and you decide to check it out or check on other family members, make sure you and your spouse both know what to do concerning lights. A few years back, something woke up my wife middle of the night. She then woke me up. I grabbed my gun and flashlight and stepped out to the upstairs hallway. My upstairs hallway was an open bridge between the stairs/master bedroom and two other bedrooms. It offered a great view of the living room, dinning room, entry hall and part of the kitchen plus the back sliding glass door and most downstairs windows. Since I had been asleep and still had good night vision, I didn't turn on any lights or my flashlight. The wife didn't know I was trying to use the darkness to my advantage. She walks out of the bedroom and turns on the upstairs hall lights. While that did light up the downstairs a little better for me, I felt like I had stumbled out onto a stage. If anyone was down there, they're attention would be on me. We did a little work on house clearing procedures after that.
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    I prefer 1000w HPS, but the electricity bills are.... Oh wait, very wrong forum. ;)
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    I don't leave any interior lights on, but my outdoor lighting can be seen from Mars.
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    I actually leave no lights on at night. If I have to get up in the dark, it's amazing how well I can see where I'm going--until I turn lights on. Then I'm as bat blind as any BG would be. I have so many little green, blue, and red lights glowing throughout the house I don't need any nightlights. Seems everything with an electrical plug now needs a little glow bug of some color.
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    Big spots around perimeter of the house, total darkness inside (works for me) like a military base fence line, and motion sensors that text my phone immediately and wakes me up. If that happens...it's on!!!


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    I always leave a light or two on when we're gone but not when we're at home at night. I wake up every so often and check on the kids and I can see wonderfully like it is. If I do have to turn on a light I keep one eye closed just so I can see when it's turned off.
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    We have some flourescents in the kitchen that when left on, provide a great backlight for any BG entering, or already in the house. The master bedroom is down a narrow unlit hallway with the backlight from the kitchen. Visibility down the hall is limited and the backlight gives us a great illumination of any approach. The only time they have ever been turned off in 20 years is to change the tubes. We have procedures in place. No fear of overpenetration even with a visiting kid in another bedroom because of the home layout.
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    A couple of dim lights are on downstairs, sufficient to backlight anyone entering the free-fire zone (a/k/a the staircase). I'm staying in the shadows, myself.

    Yes, lights were located with that in mind.
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    I leave no lights on at night unless the person breaking in has been in my house , i have the advantage (IMO) i know where i need to be and where to go the BG does not know what i know about the layout .
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    Exterior lights on motion sensors, but two sides of the house are on dawn to dusk. The dawn to dusk lights permeate the entry way and living room through the front door side light. Gives great light through a good portion of the front of the house for me. Several small night lights scattered about do a good job of providing enough light for me to get around. Turn on a light, there goes my night vision!
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