Our Affordable Stairway Security Lighting Solution

Our Affordable Stairway Security Lighting Solution

Gregory Han
Jan 7, 2009

As the days have become shorter and darker during the winter, the issue of security lighting around our apartment building has arisen as a priority again. In the past we had tried using a city-provided option, but that unfortunately did not work out (too bright and intrusive). The difficulty has been finding a lighting solution within a renter's budget with an ease of installation (it has to be mounted onto a concrete wall and we are unable to run wiring). We think we've finally found a solution...

Over the holidays we placed an order for the Fulcrum Motion Sensor LED Porch Light after deciding the light was:

  1. affordable at $27.99
  2. bright enough to light up a dark stairway
  3. offered motion detecting sensors
  4. reasonably attractive (it hides up underneath a large plant, so it's mostly out of sight)
  5. did not require wiring, being powered by 4 C-size batteries (6-12 month replacement)

The light works great and was easy to install once we figured out how to drill into concrete. Our only gripe is the LED ice-cold colour lighting which is characteristic of the lighting technology, but our videographer neighbor is considering adding a warm photo film to change the colour a bit. Our neighbors are also considering adding a second one at the top of the stairway to supplement the lighting all the way up to our doors, hopefully scaring away would-be "lovebirds" and drunkards who strangely love the location for their dalliances and naps. But overall, we're extremely pleased to have some lighting in a once dark corner...we'll see if we find a few less condom wrappers in the coming weeks.

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