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How smart lighting helps improve home security

Author: Richard Bevan
Published: April 23, 2018

From virtual assistants, to mobile-controlled central heating systems, modern homes are more connected than ever before, and this is transforming the way we carry out day-to-day tasks.

Smart lighting, in particular, is becoming a must-have gadget, both inside and outside the home. We recently surveyed some of our customers, revealing that more than a quarter (28%) of them are already using smart lighting in their homes, and of those who are not, half have considered investing in it in the near future. When asked why smart lighting is so appealing, over a third (35%) of our respondents agreed that improving home security was the the primary driver.

Smart home security starts with smart lighting

When It comes to using traditional lighting for improving home security, one of the oldest tricks in the book is leaving a light on while the house is left unoccupied. However, this method relies on using manual timers, or leaving lights on round-the-clock, including at night. Not only is this a waste of electricity, it also looks unnatural, which has the potential to do more harm than good.

Smart lighting solves this problem because it allows users to control their lighting from any location, via the convenience of a mobile app. Whether away on holiday or unexpectedly working late at the office, homeowners can set their lights to automatically turn on at the touch of a button, creating the illusion that their property is occupied, which subsequently serves as an effective deterrent to any would-be intruders.

Some smart lighting devices, such as Philips Hue products, make it possible to create lighting patterns throughout the home; from turning on lights in one particular room, to across an entire floor. Additionally, some smart lights can be paired with integrated light and sound changing themes to mimic different types of home event, such as a television being watched.

What’s more, smart lights can be scheduled to switch on and off at certain times of day. This means all of the preparation can be done prior to leaving the house, which is particularly useful before a long holiday. In this scenario it’s a good idea to stagger the timings, as a rigid schedule can be a give-away that the lights are being automated and that no one is home.

Switching home security up a notch

Smart home devices are becoming more intuitive, more helpful, more fun, and more affordable than ever before, but it’s easy to forget that as well as providing comfort and convenience for homeowners, many modern connected technologies can also help to improve safety and security in the home. When used alongside alarm systems, security lighting, and security cameras, smart lighting can be an extremely effective form of home security. Click here for more information.