There is a plethora of things one can do to protect their home and business. However, Amazon recently added a new set of features to Alexa that will help with not only convenience but security as well. These additions allow the user to adjust the brightness of the lights concurrently with the ability to place lights on a repeating schedule. This development has been coined “wake-up lighting.” While seemingly just a useful feature for your daily routine, it has more application than it appears. This rings especially true in terms of home monitoring and security. Here’s how you should be using Amazon’s new smart lights to protect your home and business.
How Wake-Up Lighting Works
As the name suggests, Alexa can schedule your lights to turn on in the morning to gradually wake you up. While scheduling lights isn’t necessarily a new technology, Amazon now allows their device to not only control compatible lights by turning them on/off, but adjusting their brightness and also designating specific times for your lights to activate.
Simply put, the user can now tell Alexa to gradually turn lights on/off over the course of a specified amount of time. The intent is for the lighting to follow the body’s natural instinct. Your body knows to sleep when the sun is going down and knows to wake when the sun rises. This creates a more organic waking and sleeping process that is meant to have a variety of health benefits, but doesn’t limit itself to just that.
While the user might wake up feeling more refreshed, by leaving this routine lighting on 24/7, even if you are away, it aids in preventing would-be burglars and thieves. With Alexa’s updated feature set, utilizing this specific feature in your house while you are away from your home is smart. Alexa's complete control of interior and exterior smart lights is a must-have deterrent. With one burglary occurring every 22.6 seconds, here’s how to maximize its potential and take the extra measures to ensure the safety of your family and business.
What You Can Do
Use your indoor lights to mimic human behavior and patterns. Even when you are not present, with the help of Amazon’s Alexa, you will be able to customize every compatible smart light in your home. Have your lights move across your home or office just like they would if someone were home or at work.
Pair this with an alarm system, motion sensing outdoor lighting, even a doorbell camera for good measure, and your home or business will be one of the most secure in the area. However, never rely on just one source of home or office security. AvantGuard has plenty of useful tips on securing your home and office on our blog, and you can always reach out to find out what role AvantGuard can play in protecting you.