Upgrade Your Home Security with a Light Bulb? Sure!

If your house has a power outage at night, you probably won’t have a backup power solution in place. I ran into this a few weeks ago when our power was out from 6:30pm to 9:30 the next morning. Ugh. BeON Bulbs not only solve this problem, they also handle security and safety lighting duties in your home. How? Well…

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So in other words, the BeON system uses smart modules that are hidden inside regular-looking LED light bulbs to provide “safety lighting in emergency and power outage situations and proactive home security by making it look like you’re home, even when you’re not.”

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Not only do the BeOn modules provide power for backup lighting, they can also “hear” fire or carbon monoxide detector alarms, which will turn the BeON bulbs on for emergency lighting. You can even use the app to turn the bulbs on when you are outside your home so you don’t have to enter a dark house.

That all sounds great, but you’re looking for the MORE, right? Well …

Since intruders prefer unoccupied homes, the BeON smart modules automatically learn your family’s everyday lighting patterns and then replay them while you’re away to make it look like you’re home. If a would-be intruder checks to see if you’re home by ringing the doorbell, the BeON smart modules hear the doorbell and turn lights on sequentially as if you are awakening and moving throughout the house.

The best thing about this is that the BeON bulbs can work with other existing smarthome products — like your Nest Protect or even your existing doorbell; in other words, you don’t have to buy a certain maker’s products to get them to play nicely!

All you need to get started is to screw the BeOS bulbs into your lamps or recessed lights; at that point, the bulbs will start learning your patterns. You can also use the BeON app to train your system to detect your doorbell or smoke alarm. When you leave your house, you activate the BeON system with a swipe; when you’re home, you swipe again to return the system to your normal manual lighting controls.

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The BeON system was designed to evolve through new feature unlocks and new types of smart modules. “We want your home to be safer and smarter one socket at a time,” said Erchak. “To do that, we created a modular system that can get smarter over time.” BeON’s smart modules receive firmware updates to unlock new features as they are released.  BeON Home is also developing new smart modules and accessories that will expand the system and provide additional safety and security in your home.

BeON sounds pretty awesome, right? If you’re ready to order yours, you can get started for as little as $199 at the BeON site. The BeON kit comes with three smart modules and three LED light bulbs as well as the free mobile app. Those of you with larger homes can buy additional BeON bulbs and modules for $75.00 each. Right now the app is iOS only, but it will soon be out for Android.

BeON’s LED bulbs provide 800 lumens (60 watt equivalent) of soft, warm lighting that lasts more than 22 years. The bulbs are 75 percent more efficient than incandescent bulbs and available in standard and recessed BR30 styles.

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For more information on BeON Home or to order your own set, check out http://beonhome.com. You can also follow BeON on Facebook and Twitter.

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Judie Lipsett Stanford
Judie is the co-owner and Editor-in-Chief of Gear Diary, which she founded in September 2006. She started in 1999 writing software reviews at the now-defunct smaller.com; from mid-2000 through 2006, she wrote hardware reviews for and co-edited at The Gadgeteer. A recipient of the Sigma Kappa Colby Award for Technology, Judie is best known for her device-agnostic approach, deep-dive reviews, and enjoyment of exploring the latest tech, gadgets, and gear.