There’s an abundance of ways to protect your home, from placing video cameras around your house’s perimeter to installing a professional alarm system. Both of these routes allow for an extra layer of security, where you can count on a professional monitoring company to send the proper help needed in case of an incident. In addition to having your property monitored, another simple solution to amp up your security is installing smart lights.
Smart lighting uses devices you already have in your home to turn them on at a scheduled time while you’re away. Lights can also be scheduled to turn on and off at different times during the week. This can help prevent criminals from casing the property. Why not just leave your lights on while you’re gone? According to NPR, this can actually attract burglars, because you’re more likely to turn off the lights when you’re home.
Syncing smart lighting is easy, and allows you to control lights remotely. You can also connect them to work with your security system and cameras. If you come home late at night, you can have your lights set up to turn on before you get there, creating a more reassuring sense of security, so you don’t have to walk through a dark house.
Here’s some of the best tips when it comes to this easy-to-use tech:
Make a schedule - Leaving the same lights on 24/7 suggests no one is home. By using the app your smart lights are connected to, you can create a personalized schedule. Turn on indoor lights throughout the day, so it looks like occupants are moving around the house. As night approaches, it’s a good idea to turn on outdoor lighting, and shutting it off before bedtime.
Incorporate motion-activated lighting - When lights are left on during nighttime, it makes it easier for burglars to see a clear path to reach entryways into your property. Motion-detection lights are a smart way to deter crime. The sudden beam of light can surprise a potential intruder, who has no way of knowing if the light was turned on by an occupant or via motion-detection.
Connect with your other devices - Smart-home platforms such as Alexa or Google Assistant can help keep your home safe. Through this, you’re able to trigger security cameras and other motion sensors as someone approaches your property. When using cameras, a video can be recorded and sent to an alarm monitoring company for verification in case of a break-in. There’s several kinds of video verification platforms, and it’s important to be informed before deciding which one is the best for you.
All together, using smart lighting alongside professional monitoring enables you to have a strong approach to keeping you and your property safe. Reach out to see how AvantGuard can help you heighten your security.