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Best Permanent Lights for Outdoor Security

Permanent lights can be a game-changer when it comes to keeping your property safe. Whether you want to make your home inviting for your family arriving home late at night or you want to create a safe, friendly vibe around your business, finding the best permanent lights for outdoor security is key.

There are several different options for outdoor lights; picking the best one for you will depend on your needs and budget. At Gemstone Lights, we offer several ways to improve your outdoor security.

We’ll take a look at the basic options you have to choose from, but first, let’s think about what you might want from security lighting.

Best Permanent Lights - Home with outdoor warm LED lights

What to Look for in Security Lighting

There are a few things to look out for:


Permanent lights are a great idea, but because they are designed to be installed and left up year-round, you want them to match the look of your home and not be too intrusive.

So that’s something to keep in mind. How subtle are the lights, and can they match the exterior of your home? Can they be positioned so that you only notice them if you want to?

Installation Costs

Permanent lighting systems do come with an installation cost. While this is a one-off expense, it is something you’ll have to factor into your budget.

Costs can vary here, so you’ll want to reach out to an authorized dealer for an estimate, but you may find it’s worth spending the money to save your own time and effort.

Running Costs

All lighting systems cost a certain amount of energy to run. However, you might be surprised at how reasonable these costs are, especially when divided up over time! When you’re getting a price quote, it’s a good idea to ask how much the lighting costs on average to run. Gemstone Lights, for example, can cost as little as $4.34 per month to run.


Security lights work in different ways. Flood lights, for instance, are great for lighting up paths and walkways, whereas strip lighting can illuminate your home or business. Which one you go for will depend on a) how much of your property you want to light up, and b) which areas are the most important.

You also need to look at how the lights work: will you have to switch them on manually, or can you control them with an app? Are they motion sensor lights? Which one you want to go for will depend on your specific needs.

Selection Criteria

We’re looking at the best lights for security, which means all of the following lights offer benefits to the safety of your home or business in some way. Each one will help to illuminate your property or specific areas outdoors. All of them are permanent, too, and they’re all designed to run all year round.

LED Flood Lights

LED flood lights are a useful security measure. Our LED flood lights help to light up a building or can provide lighting for a dark path or driveway. Not only does this make your home or business look inviting, but it also provides security and safety by illuminating darker areas.

Your authorized Gemstone Lights installation crew will bury the wires connecting the system so as not to spoil the look of your lawn or the area surrounding your property. We much prefer these to commercially available LED flood lights, which can be big and bulky. Instead, we try to make them look great and seamlessly blend with your home’s aesthetic!

Your local Authorized Dealer will be able to install these smart flood lights so the angle, height, and number of lights are just right for what you’re looking for. They’re also trained to do this without disrupting your landscaping, so you won’t have to worry about your lawn getting ruined.

red and green floodlights in the front of the house

Outdoor Security Benefits of LED Flood Lights

LED floodlights are useful from a security perspective. Small dark areas, like paths and entryways, can be completely illuminated, which may deter intruders. You can also set timers and control the lights remotely, meaning you can light up your home while you’re at work or on vacation.

Plus, you can set a timer using the app. This means that while you’re away, the flood lights will light up the exterior of your property. This, in conjunction with CCTV, will be useful if an intruder does attempt to enter your home.

Budget Considerations of LED Flood Lights

Of course, installing a new lighting system does have an initial installation cost. Your local Authorized Dealer will be able to give you a quote based on the number of lights you will require.

However, our bulbs are energy-efficient without compromising on power, making them a cost-effective way of lighting up your property once they’re installed.

Pros and Cons of LED Flood Lights


  • Creates a dramatic effect
  • Lights up dark spots, like walkways, paths, or drives, keeping your family and visitors safe
  • It can be controlled remotely
  • It can be set by a timer


  • Initial installation costs

Residential Track Lights

Residential track lights are light fixtures attached to a continuous track line, which can fit around the roofline of your home. At Gemstone Lights, we love these lights because we can attach them to your roofline no matter what the construction or fascia of your home. Both wood and aluminum trim will work with our track lights, so they’ll look natural.

We install the tracks by fastening them permanently to the soffit, sliding one side of the track under the L-trim, and inserting a color-matched screw to secure it. This means the lighting blends in naturally during the day. We can choose from over 150 soffit and fascia colors, which means we’ll get an exact color match.

We pride ourselves on our craftsmanship, so you won’t have to worry about messy wiring or ugly lighting. Track lights blend right in, lighting up your property with a beautiful glow without compromising on the beauty of your home.

What’s more, depending on the size of your property, track light installation can be done within one day.

front of a house illuminated with track lights

Outdoor Security Benefits of Track Lights

As far as security goes, we think multi-functional track lighting works well. Residential track lights act as a deterrent for potential intruders, which is reassuring, especially if you’re not home.

In conjunction with smart doorbells or CCTV, track lighting can be a powerful tool to catch intruders. Lighting up the outdoor space will ensure that if the worst happens and someone does try to break in, you’ll have valuable information at your fingertips. If you have a smart doorbell or CCTV you can access remotely, you’ll even be able to clearly see an intruder, even if you’re not at home.

If you have a busy family with a lot of people coming and going at different times of the day, track lighting can make your home feel welcoming and safe for them. If you know you’ll have young adults coming in late, for example, you’ll know that they’ll be safe and secure when they arrive home. You’ll also be able to safely access your outdoor spaces year-round.

Our mobile HUB app allows you to control your lights from anywhere—so you can even make it look like you’re home when you’re not. You’ll be able to relax on vacation knowing all is well at home! Because you have complete customization control over the lighting using the app, you can even welcome your loved ones home with surprise color combinations or celebrate special occasions with their favorite color.

Budget Considerations for Residential Track Lights

There’s no set cost for our residential track lights at Gemstone Lights; it depends on the local market installation rate and the number of linear feet you’ll require. Our local Authorized Dealers will be able to give you a quote.

The running costs are very reasonable. They cost around $4.24 per month in energy costs, based on an average-sized home using them for 6 hours a day, which means you won’t have to spend a fortune on running costs, even if you use them every day.

Pros and Cons of Residential Track Lights


  • Weather-proof, so they can be used safely all year round
  • They will help to illuminate your home, deterring intruders
  • They can be controlled remotely
  • They blend in with your home
  • Many lighting color combinations to choose from


  • Needs to be installed by a professional

Commercial Track Lights

Commercial track lights work like residential lights, but the installation looks different depending on your needs and the size or shape of your building. Lights are attached to a continuous track line around your property. Because commercial buildings don’t always have a roof overhang, these tracks are designed to have the lights shining at a 20° angle. These lights will illuminate your building even from afar, making it more noticeable and easy to find. They’ll also make your customers feel more secure when outside of your building at night.

Jack Carter South lit up in all white Gemstone Lights

Outdoor Security Benefits of Commercial Track Lights

Commercial track lights do more than make your business stand out. They also completely illuminate the outdoor areas of your business, making visitors feel safe and protecting you from intruders.

Working in conjunction with CCTV, commercial track lights will give you a detailed picture of any potential intruders, which is reassuring for all types of businesses.

The good thing about our commercial track lights is that you can manage them remotely: you don’t even need to be at the property, and you can even manage multiple properties at once. Using the app, you can assign permission levels to staff to control the light systems at each property: this means that only managers can change the lighting, for example.

Commercial track lights are a better option than temporary lighting or DIY options. They’re designed to withstand the elements and will work even if one bulb needs replacing, offering you year-round security benefits with no effort on your part to maintain them.

Budget Considerations for Commercial Track Lights

Like residential track lights, commercial track lights vary in installation costs depending on the local market installation rate and the number of linear feet required. Your nearby Authorized Dealer can provide you with more information on this.

However, Gemstone Lights are designed to last around 23 years based on 6 hours of use per day. Once they’re installed, you won’t have to worry about getting new lights any time soon.

Pros and Cons of Commercial Track Lights


  • They can be installed anywhere, even on unusual-shaped buildings
  • Durable and weatherproof
  • They can be controlled remotely
  • Access to lighting controls can be restricted to specific employees
  • Lights up the exterior of your business, keeping visitors and employees safe


  • Requires professional installation

Motion Sensor Lights

Motion sensor lights are triggered when they sense movement, thus lighting up dark areas around your home.

Installation costs can be low for motion sensor lights—you can even install some of them yourself. However, this does take some time, depending on how many lights you want and where they will need to be placed.

Exterior security lighting with motion sensor

Outdoor Security Benefits of Motion Sensor Lights

Motion sensor lights are great for welcoming you home. They’ll light up when you walk to your front door, for example, which is a nice way of lighting up the exterior and making you feel secure as you make your way home. They’ll also alert you to movement in your own front yard, and combined with CCTV, they could provide useful information if an intruder attempts to enter your home.

However, there are some downsides to motion sensor lights, in that they can sometimes be triggered by passing animals, leaves being blown in the wind, etc. This means that you may start to get used to them lighting up every now and again, and you may not realize if there is an actual intruder on your property.

Plus, they can’t be controlled remotely, so if you’re away, you won’t be able to switch them on to keep your property safe at night.

Budget Considerations for Motion Sensor Lights

Motion sensor lights may have a lower outlay to begin with, as they can be installed by you at home. Some are solar-powered, too, meaning they have no real running costs unless they need to be repaired or replaced.

The downside of solar lights is that they can be a little bit dimmer than something like flood lights, which is something to keep in mind.

Pros and Cons of Motion Sensor Lights


  • Lower installation costs
  • Easy to use
  • Will light up dark areas when you walk by
  • Solar-powered options cost nothing to run


  • It can be triggered by other things
  • Can’t be controlled remotely

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some commonly asked questions about buying an LED lighting system from Gemstone Lights:

Question: Are Gemstone Lights really weatherproof?

Answer: Yes! Developed in Canada, our lighting systems are designed to withstand some pretty harsh conditions, including rain, wind, snow, and very cold temperatures. So, even if you live on the coast and your property is subjected to harsh conditions, you shouldn’t have to worry.

Question: Do your permanent lighting systems interfere with the guttering around a building?

Answer: No, they won’t interfere at all with the guttering on your building.

Question: Do Gemstone Lights systems meet safety requirements?

Answer: Yes. Our lighting systems are CTA and ETL-certified, which means they have been tested based on strict safety criteria. This means you can trust that they’ll run properly and keep your property safe and secure.

Question: What happens if a bulb needs replacing?

Answer: Your local Authorized Dealer will be able to replace any bulbs for you. The bulbs are individually wired, so the rest of your lighting system should work as normal in the meantime. Plus, bulb replacement is covered in our five-year warranty.

Final Thoughts

A good permanent outdoor lighting system can create a sense of peace and safety in your home or business. Lighting up dark areas can make your property easier to navigate, allowing you to enjoy the outdoor space of your home. If you’re running a business, installing permanent security lighting can help to create a secure environment for your customers.

If you’re interested in our permanent lighting systems, you can get in contact with one of our Authorized Dealers for a quote.

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