Porch light on, but nobody home?
That's the idea behind a new home lightbulb system that would make would-be prowlers think you're home when you actually aren't.
BeON lightbulbs are meant to create a consistent pattern of lights turning on and off inside your home while you're away. For example, if someone rings the doorbell when you're not home, BeON could turn your bedroom light on first, followed by the hallway light, stairway light, and downstairs light. The goal is to make those who are looking for a way into your home think twice.
A crowd-funding campaign to develop the lightbulbs has reached nearly $40,000 on Kickstarter.
The lights could also detect when a smoke alarm is going off and provide a path of light to get out the door. For stormy nights when the power goes out, BeON lights would be, well, on: They use rechargeable batteries should you ever lose electricity.
But what makes BeON really "smart" is that not only can you control it by flipping a switch, you can also turn lights on and off using an app on your smartphone. What's more, BeON lights are also long-lasting energy-efficient.
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