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Old 11-17-2011, 07:50 PM
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When I bought this place on the Texas south plains, it had a dusk-to-dawn security lamp high on a telephone pole between the rear of the house and the barns. I doubt that few farm houses around here don't have a similar setup. I like having the light in case I want to walk out to the barns at night but additionally my house was broken into recently. According to the Sheriff's office this is becoming a common occurrence for houses so isolated as mine. When I am gone for any length of time, thieves could pull up a 40' container and load it for two or three days and no one would see them.

On a bad side, whenever I want to use my telescope, I have to place it in the shade of the house or barn. I had thought about having the Coop put me a switch on the light but just haven't got around to it.
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Old 11-18-2011, 10:12 PM
Location: Nebraska
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We have a motion-sensor two-socket light off of the back porch that shines not only north, over into the corral, but over onto the chicken coop to the west of the house. When the chickens start raising cain in the middle of the night, or the horse suddenly herds the cows into the corral from the hills at a gallop, we can go out the back door, rifle in hand, and see what ails them. Mountain lions are not unknown here, and we had some folks down the street for awhile whose dogs kept trying to get in to our chickens.

Out front there are just some dim solar lights up the walkway and around the pond. We don't turn on any outside lights unless we are expecting someone, hear a car or a knock at the door.
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