With smart home technology, you can take total control over your lighting to ensure security and to protect your property from unwanted visitors.

So, you thought remote lighting was purely a luxury

According to US research, over 70% of burglaries take place when no one is in a property (https://www.consumeraffairs.com/homeowners/how-to-deter-burglars.html). Especially, people who live in detached homes or condos, as there are often fewer neighbours to keep an eye on your property. When you have a traditional alarm system, you’ll only get an alert after a speedy thief has come and gone, but what if you convince a burglar that someone was home? One of the oldest tricks in the home security book is leaving a light on when you go out. We are living in times of connected devices and you will be pleasantly surprised to know how smart lighting can help you with your home security requirements.

Even with a timer switch, the regular light on/off trick is predictable and won’t make for an effective decoy in the long run. However, by deploying smart lighting and adding a sensor or two, you can have lights coming on or off at your command, or in response to other smart home devices being triggered.

The latest Philips Hue range requires a Hub that helps control all the smart lights in your home. Most people begin building their smart home with a Hue starter kit; this provides a Bridge and a pair of light bulbs, with various starter options available. Or, you can buy individual white or color bulbs from the range to provide controllable lighting in all areas of the home. Philips Hue bulbs are simple replacements for your bulbs, (the most common types being E-27 screw-in, B-22 bayonet or spot-type bulbs) that require no special wiring.

Communicating wirelessly through the hub, you can take control of your Hue lights with a smartphone app, or can use Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant. That can include setting different on/off patterns, to make a home look occupied in a more natural manner than just one light going on or off.  

Hue lights create a network among themselves so you should be able to populate quite a large house with the need for only a single Bridge. They are also low-power and so it will save you electricity compared to conventional bulbs, even if you run them when out of the home.

Philips Hue Wireless Lighting

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Motion sensors add superpowers to your smart home

Perhaps because you work predictable hours or shifts, you may decide you need some extra security from your home lighting, then you can start to get creative with the settings. If you have unpredictable working hours, it is even more useful, creating a range of flexible schedules. By creating lighting patterns, such as having all the lights on one level or in one room set to work together, you can make themes. You can also trigger other smart home devices using your Hue lights, or you can trigger them to come on with a Philips’ Hue Intelligent Motion Sensor. The battery-powered sensors can be used to automatically turn lights on when people are up in the night, or if someone unexpected is on the property.

Using a combination of sensors and apps, you can have lights coming on when anyone is near your front door or another access point. You can set a light to come on when you know you are going to be late home in the evening after a long day at work. Perhaps you were in a meeting running late, or you have a hot date, using your smartphone you can trigger a light. Or, you can adjust the brightness or have different themes running so that it looks like there is lots of activity going on at home. 

The Philips Hue range of lights features a variety of LEDs, lamps, and strips that you can extend for up to 33 feet of illumination. Any combination of these can make a home look active and occupied with simple, irregular changes in activity.

Control Philips Hue lighting with a smartphone app

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Create fake activity in your home using Hue themes

No burglar will go near a home that looks busy. One of the greatest benefits of the Hue range is that you can create themes for different types of home event, like a party or to go with your choice of music. This feature can also apply to security, making it look like there is activity on-going within a property. Using color lights, you can make it look like the TV is on a room, and turning a light on as white and changing the color to another hue creates the impression of activity.

Conversely, you can use your smart light app to turn everything off, giving the appearance of an unoccupied house instantly. That can be handy if you get news that an unwanted guest is about to turn up.

Overall, using smart lights should only act as one part of your home security, but with just a little set up, you can discourage casual criminals easily enough and put off those who do break into your home. Go the whole way with smart cameras, alarms and lock or window sensors and your home will be a lot more secure, or if the worst does happen, you can rapidly take control of the situation or call the authorities.

Discover the world of Philips Hue in this video by the company

There are many reasons why you might be caught away from home, stuck in traffic, out late with friends and want to feel safer about your property. Smart lighting is an energy efficient and clever way to fake your presence at home. Moreover, it can also provide additional security benefits.  The Philips Hue range is a smart and efficient, if slightly costly way to do so. Ensure that you buy second-generation models of lights and the hub, as these support all the latest features and are brighter and more efficient.

Do note that Philips Hue lights are for indoor use only, and you probably won’t have the radio range to operate them any distance from the property.

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