Having been in LE for over 29 years, I'm not sure that there's a preferred method either way. Seems like the criminals tend to do what's convenient for them. Criminals aren't the sharpest pencils in the box, and many break-in to homes in the middle of the day.
Sometimes, having lights on pretty much makes things easier for them to manipulate, such as locks, doors, windows, etc. Me....I prefer dark as you can get. I know my home better than anyone else in the world. I'm used to using my night vision and I can check on things when I get up in the middle of the night to hit the restroom. Without exterior lights on, I can peer outside and see very well.
Businesses, that's another story. Insurance pretty much dictates exterior lights, and it makes it easier for LE to conduct perimeter checks while on patrol.