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Install a security light
A small upgrade that made a big difference in our backyard was adding a motion-sensing security light. In the past, we'd had difficulty finding our way to the back door whenever we returned home in the dark. Now, as soon as you step within its range, a light illuminates the way, making it a safe and stumble-free passage. You'll find these lights in a variety of styles at lighting stores and home centers. Some are smart, good-looking units that coordinate nicely with porch and entry lights; others are basic and utilitarian.
By Gene and Katie Hamilton, Tribune Media Services
September 30, 2013