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Kuna smart home security light review: A great product, but consider the full cost

Michael Brown | June 3, 2016
You’ll want one of these at every entry point, but yikes! Those subscription fees!

Back to the issue I encountered: When I took down the existing porch light from the 1950s home I installed the Kuna at, I discovered that there was no junction box—the existing light was screwed into the siding and there were just two wires sticking out of the wall. So I had to take a keyhole saw, enlarge the existing small hole, and put a box in (both to protect the wiring and to have something that I could secure the light to). But the light ended up higher on the wall than the swivel around the lens could compensate for.

Kuna 
The camera and motion sensor are mounted beneath the light. You can manually pivot the lens, but this is not a motorized pan/tilt camera. Credit: Kuna

The Kuna isn’t outfitted with infrared LEDs, so it depends on the light being turned on to capture video at night. Since most porch lights are connected to wall switches, you’ll want to pick up a guard that will prevent the switch from being turned off, disabling the camera. Something like an Amertac-Westek CSG1 would do the trick, and they’re cheap ($1.99 for a pair, available at Amazon). The Kuna is equipped with an E26 socket, so you could screw an incandescent bulb into it, but the company recommends using either an LED or a CFL bulb with maximum brightness of 800 lumens to eliminate glare on the camera lens.

You can turn the light on manually from within the app (available for Android and iOS devices), program it to turn on in response to motion, or program it to turn on at dusk and off at dawn (or on and off at specific times, if you prefer). You can also use one schedule for weekdays and an independent one for weekends. You can do the same for the motion detector. Don’t want to be disturbed by alerts? You can turn that feature off (though you shouldn’t) or program a timer to disable them temporarily. If you have multiple cameras, you can copy these settings to all the units registered to the app. There is no web log-in, unfortunately, so you can’t monitor the camera from a computer. You can grant access to multiple users; they just need to install the app. 

Kuna screenshot
The camera has a limited field of view, making it easy for a visitor to stand outside its range (assuming they know the camera is there, of course). 

The Kuna app is really well done. You can get a real-time view whenever you want. When it alerts you that someone is at your door, you can see a live feed from the camera and converse with that person in real time using your smartphone (the light has both a mic and a speaker).

 

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