Is you porch light left ON or OFF during the night??

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newlywoods03
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Posted: 10/22/2010 1:03:39 PM
I usually leave it on the days that my DH gets home from work at 6am. The nights that he's home, it's usually turned off unless we forget to.

I ask this, in regards to something that happened last night. Shortly after midnight, we were woken up by yelling. All we hear is " Get down, Or I will shoot." Umm, kinda, really SCARY! We had no idea what was going on.

Come to find out, down the road a bit, someone was attempting to break into cars. The person was caught by the police and admitted to everything.

So my other question is... Do you "feel" or "think" that you are safer when your porch light is left on during the night?





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Posted: 10/22/2010 1:07:31 PM
We always leave ours on at night. We once received a note from the police commending us on the front porch lights, garage door lights and landscaping lights being kept on at night.

I feel safer and believe it deters troublemakers. They do not want to be seen so they will select dark houses instead of well lit yards.

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Posted: 10/22/2010 1:07:58 PM
We turn our porch light off before going to bed. The remaining 4 lights on the front of the house remain on until morning.

I don't know as though I feel safer... But it does make it a lot easier to look out the window and see what's going on in front of our house.

Our neighbors all leave theirs on as well.

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Posted: 10/22/2010 1:09:10 PM
It's off. I rarely turn it on except when someone is at the door. My husband likes to leave it on when we leave the house in the evening. To me, this just says: Hello, we're not home!

I definately feel safer with it off.

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Posted: 10/22/2010 1:15:27 PM
I turn them off after everyone is home for the evening. We live in a rural neighborhood. When we lived in town I left them on. I don't know why we just did. Growing up we left the front ones on and had motion detectors on the rest of the house. They were a deterent to people lurking around the house and were needed.

eta What a scary thing to wake up to. I am glad the police took care of the situation.

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Posted: 10/22/2010 1:16:17 PM
I usually leave the porch light off unless we are expecting someone to come to the door. We do have some solar landscaping lights that go up the walkway though. You've given me something to think about.

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Posted: 10/22/2010 1:17:29 PM
Sometimes we leave them on, but usually they are off. 2 of the 4 houses in the court leave theirs on all night. If there has been anything suspicious going on, we leave them on.

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Posted: 10/22/2010 1:17:57 PM
Ours have light sensors built in, so they come on when it gets dark and go off in the daylight. I much prefer having them on and could never remember to turn them on and off before we installed these.


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Posted: 10/22/2010 1:21:40 PM
We don't bother with ours because there is a super bright light at the end of our driveway that does the trick instead.

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Posted: 10/22/2010 1:22:44 PM
Ours our solar, and automatically come on at dark and shut off in daylight.

I don't know that it makes me feel any safer, but I do like having a light on.



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Posted: 10/22/2010 1:23:56 PM
When I lived at home it went off when whoever was the latest to come home. Although I did leave some lights on inside when I was home by myself.

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Posted: 10/22/2010 1:25:38 PM
I live at the end of a dark court and I always keep my porch and driveway lights on through the night.

I do it for myself (I like living in a well-lit neighborhood), for anyone who may stop by unexpectedly (it happens), and for people walking through my court. Between me and the house next door is a walkway into the open space and the main street behind us, so there are always a lot of people/dogs/kids on bikes coming through.

A porch light left on says "someone is home" to me, not "no one is home."


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Posted: 10/22/2010 1:26:04 PM
I turn them on when I close my blinds when it starts to get dark and turn them off when I open my blinds in the morning.

When we bought our first house not long after we moved in there was a perv that was going around the neighborhoods trying to break in and what not. (was caught a year or so later and charged with rape and all sorts of other horrible things!) Anyway, our neighborhood created a neighborhood watch program and had a police office come and give us tips to stay safe. He said one of the easiest things to do was keep your outside lights (front and back) on all night. I've done so ever since and it's pretty much become a habit.


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Posted: 10/22/2010 1:34:38 PM
Ours come on at dark and shut off in the morning.


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Posted: 10/22/2010 1:36:38 PM
Off. But, we have motion dector lights that automatically turn on.

When dh & I were first married, my habit was to leave the front light on when he was on cat-eye. Never thought a thing of it. Then a neighbor mentioned to my fil that he always knew when dh was on cat-eye becasue I left that light on.

Well, if the neighbor could figure that out, so could someone looking for trouble. So, I let the motion lights do their job.

The porch light only comes on when I'm expecting guests.




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Posted: 10/22/2010 1:37:01 PM
We have landscaping lights and one of those 5 light "old street post" decorative lights that are time controlled.

This does remind me that DH needs to reset the timer to come on a little earlier than it has been.



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Posted: 10/22/2010 1:38:05 PM
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Posted: 10/22/2010 1:47:39 PM
Off, unless we are expecting visitors after dark. We live on a corner lot and there is a big street light on the corner. It lights up our front and side yard really well on its own.



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Posted: 10/22/2010 1:50:04 PM
Our house is just like Motel 6. We leave the light on for ya.



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Posted: 10/22/2010 1:51:23 PM
Ours comes on when it's dark and goes off when it is light automatically (actually, it's just the light on our address, not the full porch light, but it's enough to light up our entire porch and front door).

My theory - no matter how convoluted it is, is that if there are two houses that someone is going to break into and one has a lighted door and the other doesn't, a smart burglar will go for the darkness.

Of course, it doesn't hurt that I have two 100 lb dogs either, although I do wonder if them leaving their teddy bears in the yard really scares anyone away.


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Posted: 10/22/2010 1:51:37 PM
I turn it off when I go to bed.


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Posted: 10/22/2010 2:01:17 PM
I feel somewhat safer in the fact that the area is more visable to me and my neighbors should they need to look out there.

I leave mine on day in and day out. they're never turned off. I have CFL's in them though.


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Posted: 10/22/2010 2:16:33 PM
We always have ours on at night. It is actually part of our HOA covenant that all porch lights and lamp posts must be turned on at dusk.


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Posted: 10/22/2010 2:48:54 PM
We don't have a porch, but there are several feet of covered walkway before you get to the front door. With the light *off* it's pitch black at night in there and no one would see anyone messing around at our doors. I don't know that it's necessarily safer, but if they can find a darkened doorstep instead, that's the one they'll choose.


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Posted: 10/22/2010 3:16:25 PM
Our front porch light is rarely on. We turn it on when we are expecting guests. The other outdoor lights are dusk to dawn lights and come on automatically. Same with the back. DH converted all of our rear lights to low voltage lights that come on when it gets dark.





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Posted: 10/22/2010 3:18:49 PM
I like my light on.. DH tends to turn it off, but if I think about it, I flip it back on.



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Posted: 10/22/2010 3:19:08 PM
Yes, I keep my own when it is dark outside - It does make me feel safer because (a) it looks more like someone is home then a darker house ( I can see who is out there (c) if I am coming in late then I can see and not be worried about someone hiding in the shadows.



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Posted: 10/22/2010 3:39:14 PM
Ever since I've read the book about Richard Ramirez "The Nightstalker" ... I have left the outside light on, and we have a motion detector above the garage.
It bugs me when I go out in the afternoon and sometimes see our neighbors porch lights still on.



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Posted: 10/22/2010 3:42:32 PM
My dh turns them out when we go to bed. When he is not home, I leave them all on. My neighbor makes fun of me and always knew when DH would go to Louisiana to work a shut down. He would say I must have to get up 20 minutes earlier, just to turn all the lights off! Pretty much every light in the house stays on too.

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Posted: 10/22/2010 3:48:22 PM
We usually leave it on until we go to bed, then dh turns it off. But, when he's out of town I always leave it on. Makes me feel safer. I also leave the back light on over the deck. We do have a dog who would alert us if someone was trying to break in. But that would give me heart failure anyway, so I figure it's best to let the burglars know not even to bother.



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Posted: 10/22/2010 4:21:36 PM
We leave ours off all the time unless we are
expecting someone.


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Posted: 10/22/2010 4:24:57 PM
A little of both. We don't really have a routine for it. Keep them guessing is my motto.

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Posted: 10/22/2010 4:29:46 PM
Our porch light is only ever on if we're expecting someone. There is a motion detector next to the back door, but we're going to replace it with a regular light.


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Posted: 10/22/2010 4:37:35 PM
Our porch light is only on if we are expecting someone. We have solar lights up on the walkway.

As for lights - some say just the opposite the lights make it easier for the crook to actually see what they are doing and break in quicker. Not sure what I believe. I think keeping landscaping down is also important do give crooks something to hide behind - this works with or without lights.


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Posted: 10/22/2010 4:41:03 PM
On. It's on a timer and there's no switch for it. I wouldn't feel any more or less safe with or without it, though. But then, I am unphased by most of the things people worry about.


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Posted: 10/22/2010 4:51:04 PM
We leave ours off. We're more fearful of our electric bill than of a robber! Just kidding. But if we leave it on, it's too bright upstairs when we are sleeping.


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Posted: 10/22/2010 5:09:50 PM
On all night every night. The burglars can go sneak around the dark houses. We have a motion detector light on the back door and the back yard.


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Posted: 10/22/2010 5:15:47 PM
The actual porch light only gets turned on if we are expecting someone.
We have lights on sensors though that come on at dusk that light up the walk, house numbers and flag. The porch gets lit by them too.

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Posted: 10/22/2010 5:16:24 PM
The porch light and two lights at out garage are left on all night. We also leave one lamp on in the living room as well. A well lit yard helps deter people who are up to no good.

We have a google group for our neighborhood where we all share info, etc, and just the other night someone was walking around the neighborhood at 4am ringing people's doorbells...asking if he could sleep on their porches Someone finally called the non emergency precinct number and the police came out, gave him a blanket, and sent him on his way....poor guy.

Anyhow....not sure why I mentioned that....


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Posted: 10/22/2010 5:18:05 PM
Ours is off. We have street lights, so we could see something from our window if necessary. I would like to put our front light on a timer, I just keep forgetting to get one.


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Posted: 10/22/2010 5:21:16 PM

Do you "feel" or "think" that you are safer when your porch light is left on during the night?



The light is left on and the last one in turns it off. Or it stays on all night. No big deal either way. We have a motion light on the side of the house too. The deer and cats set it off regularly.
Do I feel safer with it on? No. We live in a pretty quiet area and my feelings of safty are the same whether the light is off or on.


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Posted: 10/22/2010 5:25:47 PM
I've always installed a motion detector light wherever I've lived.

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Posted: 10/22/2010 5:28:43 PM
I only leave it on if we are expecting someone.



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Posted: 10/22/2010 5:51:50 PM
Off, but I live on a corner and have a street light at the end of my driveway. I also have a merc light on my garage that lights up the garage area, driveway and back porch. Also, my neighbor has a motion light that is easily set off, so we are all lit up.

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Posted: 10/22/2010 5:58:02 PM
We never use our porch light. It maybe gets used 5 times a year?!


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Posted: 10/22/2010 6:05:24 PM
The lights outside the garage and the porch light are all on one switch and are motion-detector lights. The switch is left on all night. If anyone approaches the garage or the front door, they come on. It's not a matter of feeling more safe, just easier to look out if we hear anything at night.




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Posted: 10/22/2010 9:31:01 PM
on all night. we have a light with a photo sensor and motion sensor. We have the spiral bulbs in there. the photo sensor is a low light (one bul, when the motion sensor is activated, a second light (not a spiral one) comes on and it is bright.

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Posted: 10/23/2010 6:19:02 AM
We have lights on at every egress to the house- front, garage, and back. They stay on all night. My husband is a security freak.




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Posted: 10/23/2010 6:28:37 AM
We don't keep our front or back door lights on throughout the night.

It isn't something that would make me feel any safer. I do have dogs though, who would bark if anyone were to approach the house after dark.

We also live in a neighbourhood where generally a light on at night indicates that someone is not home yet, and is lighting the way for their return.

I would feel as though it was a waste of electricity. And I'm always more concerned about fire than break ins. I'd be more worried it would overheat, or short or something (irrational though that may be) and end up causing trouble rather than preventing it.


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Posted: 10/23/2010 8:29:18 AM
Just want to say, in your case, if anyone is ever "casing" your
house, you have a set routine and all they would have to do
is watch your house and see your return, know when your dh is
not home and strike.

I do not keep my lights on at night. Why waste the electricity?

We are sleeping. If anyone is going to break into my car, they
will do it whether a light is on or not.

We do however have motion detectors that will come on if their
is movement in my backyard. Now, that I think about it, I
dont' really know why. It is not like I would see anyone because
we do not have a back bedroom window. My mom does live in an
addition on our home that this light is off of,so maybe it was
put in more for her than the main house.
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