The Security System in a Bulb: BeON

By Brian Rhodes, Published May 08, 2015, 12:00am EDT

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 [link no longer available], 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.

Product *******

*** ***** ******* ** BeON's ********* ** *******: Both ** * ********* (** * equivalent) *** ****, *** as * ******* ********* by ******** ** ****** like ********* *** ***** alarms. *** ***** ***** describes *** *******:

Key ********

**** ** ********* ** two **** *****: ******** A19 ************ *** ******** BR30 ****** *****. **** bulbs *** ***** ** output ~*** ****** *** draw ***** ** *****.

***** **** *** *** light ****, **** ******** a ********* '*****' ****** that ******** ******** ********, including:

  • ***** *********: *** *** security ******* ** **** lights *** ** ********** to ******* ** ****** like *********. *** ******* claims **** **** ********* burglars **** ** ******* no *** ** ****, the ****** ********** ** a ***** ******* ** will *** **** ***.
  • ********* *********: *** **** 'learns' **** ******* *** patterns, *** **** ************* turn ****** ** *** off **** **** **** are *** ****, ******** the ********** ** ******** in ** ***** *****. 
  • ******* ******: *** ************ claims ** ***** * hours ** **** ********* light ** * ******* battery ********* ** *** 'smart' ******.

***** *** ********* ** each ***** *** ** controlling ********** **** ** way ** ***. ***** is ***** **** ******** screw-in ***** **** *******, and *** ****-** ************ to ******** *****.  *********** the ***** *** **** by *** ** *** app, *** ** ** 15 ***** *** **** to ** ********** ** one ****.

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

**** ********** **** * typical ********* ***** ******, even ***** ******** **** home ********** *** ***** controls, **** ****** **** advantages ***** ******* ** not ** ****** ******* additional ****:

  • ****** *******: *** ********** app ** ********* *** bulbs *** ***, ** within ******** ****** (**: ~150 ****) ***** *** control *** ** ******** of ******** **** ** they *** ** ****** rooms.
  • ********* ****: *** ***** pick ** *** ***** of ***** ********* *** will **** ** ** illuminate ****** *****, **** if *** ******* ** turned ***.
  • ** ******* ***: ****** other '***** ***** ******', BeON ******** ** ******* service **** ** ********* to ** ****.

Showstopper? ***** ****

*** **** ***** * big ********* ******* *** commercial *******: **** *** expensive. ****** *** * single **** *** $**, and **** ******** ** other *** ***** **** run** - ** **** costly

********** **** *******, **** suggests ******** ***** *** needed *** *** **** coverage *** ******** ** occupancy. *** ******* ******* 3 ***** (* $*** kit) *** ******** *** apartments, *** ********** * or **** ***** ** adequately ***** * **** sq. ** **** (* $478 ***). **** **** a ******* **** ********** of ** *****, **** users *** ***** ** be ********* ********* ** drop ******** ** ******* on *** ***** **** increasingly *** ***** ** buy, ****$*.** *** **** ************* ***********.

Major *******: *********** ******** 

*** ***** ***** ** BeON's ***** ** **** for * ***-**** ******* of **** **** $***, the ******* ********* *** self-install * ******** ****** that ****** **** ***** of **** **** *** occupants *** ****.

*******, **** ** * truly *** ********** *** several *******:

*) ******** '**********' ****: **** if ********** **** ** ideal, * ***** ******** coming ** **** *** value ** ********. ******* burglaries are ****** ****** ** occupants *** ******* *******, and **** ****** *** no ******* ** ******* where ******* ***** ** plentiful. ******, **** *** work **********, *** ** completely ********** *** ******** by * ****** ****** the ***.

*) ***** ** ** Talisman: *** ****** ******* is ***** ** *** idea **** ***** ****** danger. ***** ** *** indeed **** * ***** deterrent ******, ***** ** simply ** ********* * thief **** ** *** off ** *****.  ** a ********* ******* ***** a ********, **** ***** come **, *** **** waits *** **** ** other ******** ** *** house, *** ******** ** occupancy ** ***** *******.

Other **********

 **** ***** ** *** the ******* ******* **** faces. ***** ********* ******** include:

  • ***** ******** ****: ****** comprehensive ***** ******* **** include ****** ******* *** door ********, **** **** alarms ** ******** ******. This ***** *** ** sufficient ** *** ************* where ***** ****** ***** would ******* ******.
  • ** ****** ********: **** intrusion ******* ******* **** notification ** ****** ** call * ******* ******* or ****** ******** ** alarm. **** ****** ** ability **** ****, ******* relies ******** ** *** sudden ********** ** * turned ** ***** ** chase ********* ****.
  • *** *******: *************, *********** products **** * ******** record ** ****** ******** deadlines *** ******* ******* performance ******. ***** **** apparently *** * ***** and *********** ********** **** - ********* * *** PhD [**** ** ****** available] **** *********** ******** experience - *** * raise ** ****$*.** ** ******* *****, ** ** ******* does **** ********* ********** viablilty.

Platform *******

***** *** **** ** the ******* *******, **** suggests **** ***** ********* 'smart *******' **** ** made ********* ** *** future, ********* * ******** 'Sounder' ****** **** ** a ****-********* *****, *** potential ***********/******** ** ****** detecting *******:

** ***** ***** ******* indeed ****** *********, **** some ** *** ***-*********** detection *** ******** ********** of **** ***** ** addressed, ******* *** ******** could **** **** * legitimate *********** ** *********** alarm *******.

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

*******, *** *** ** high ****, ******* *************, and ********* ******* *********** leaves ** **** ********* that **** **** ******** incumbent ***** *********.  *******, BeON **** ****** ****** most ** *** *****-******* gadget ****** *****, *** until ****** **** **** and ********** ******* ****** available ** **** *** be * ********** *******.

Alternative *********

** ***** ** ******* 'cheaper' ************ ** *********** monitored ******** *******, *** market ** ****** **** offerings.  ********:

  • **** **: * ****** **** gives *** ********** ** a ******-** ** ****** on ******* ** *** same *********** ** ****, *** **** less **** $**.
  • **********: ** ********* ***** system ******* *** ********** is *** *****, **** the *** ****-********* ********* system ***** ** * good ***, **** ******* basic ******* *** ***** houses ******* ***** *** $500 ********** ******* ** BeON.
  • * ***: ******, ** ****** a '*****' ******** ******** that ******** ** **** noises ** *** ****, consider ******** * *** dollars ** * ***. While *** ****** *** maintenance *** ** ******* than * *********, *** dog ** ****** ** be ********** ****** ******* hours ** ****.

Comments (10)

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

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

The introvert in me is screaming "WHY DOES THIS ALWAYS NEED TO BE A GROUP ACTIVITY?!?!"

 

It doesn't if the answer is 1... or in your case 2. You and the crazy person screaming inside your head.

the person inside is an introvert, not crazy.  He has some good ideas some times.

It sounds like you 2 have a great relationship built on trust and honesty :)

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.

Whatever happened to this company? Their website is unavailable and I don't see recent information on them.

Apparently they be no more.

On the bright side, they’re still selling in amazon, so it’s not too late to pick up a display model for the Internet Belly-Up Hall of Shame Museum.

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