The Security System in a Bulb

Author: Brian Rhodes, Published on May 08, 2015

One of the hottest ideas in home security is a lightbulb.

Well, BeON is not just any bulb. It claims the intelligence to trick burglars into thinking you are home even if you are not.

But at $75 a pop, does it offer enough to justify replacing an alarm system? Does it have what it takes to be a commercial success? We take a deeper look in this note.

*** ** *** ******* ***** ** **** ******** ** * lightbulb.

****,****** *** **** *** ****. ** ****** *** ************ ** trick ******** **** ******** *** *** **** **** ** *** are ***.

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Product *******

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Key ********

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Security ***********

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Showstopper? ***** ****

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Other **********

 **** ***** ** *** *** ******* ******* **** *****. ***** potential ******** *******:

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Platform *******

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Our **************: **** *********

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Alternative *********

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Comments (3)

Clap on clap off. No Need for light switches anymore!

How many integrators does it take to screw in a security system?

Stupid questions:

Can you dim the lights from the app?

Can you even turn them on and off from the app?

If so, we should compare them price-wise to other BLE/Zigbed LEDs, which are considerably more than $2.50 a luminaire.

I don't think you can control them directly from the app, though I can't imagine why not.

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