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BeOn Burglar Deterrent uses smart LED light bulbs to deter home break-ins

Michael Brown | Nov. 5, 2014
When you’re away from home, this security system responds to your doorbell by mimicking your at-home lighting usage.

The battery backup is both a safety feature and a crime deterrent. A burglar faced with a neighborhood of darkened homes would never pick the one that's all lit up.

BeOn bulbs are available in two configurations: Standard (they look just like a normal incandescent bulb) and Recessed (these look more like floodlights and are designed to be installed in ceiling cans).

Both have standard Edison-style screw mounts and are intended to be installed indoors. They produce 800 lumens of soft white light (color temperature of 2700 Kelvin), equivalent to that of a 60-watt incandescent bulb.

There are a few weak links in the BeOn system, but nothing that's insurmountable. The biggest is that power must be supplied to the socket for the light bulb to do its magic. If you have a lot of lights controlled by wall switches, as my home does, it will be easy to forget to turn those switches on before you put the bulbs into the away mode that turns them off locally until they're needed.

BeOn's light bulbs use CSR's Bluetooth flood-mesh-network technology to talk to each other, but Bluetooth low-energy devices have limited range. You'll need more than the three bulbs in BeOn's $199 starter pack ($229 for the recessed bulbs) to service a home larger than 1500 square feet. BeOn suggests six bulbs to service a 2500-square-foot home, and nine to handle a 3500-square-foot home.

Lastly, the sensors depend on your doorbell. It's easy enough to install a wireless doorbell if your home doesn't already have one, but a would-be thief who raps on the door instead of ringing the bell won't trigger your light show.

These reservations aside, BeOn has a compelling safety and security solution for the home. The bulbs are more expensive than other smart bulbs, but they deliver features the competition doesn't. And since they're rated to last 25 years, that cost gets amortized over a very long period (Erchak says the company is considering offering a lifetime warranty).

What do you think? Is this a project you'd consider backing? How do you protect your home now? Share your thoughts with us in the comment section, below.


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