Smart lighting brightens up your home and makes life more convenient. But it’s also an easy and effective way to enhance home security.

When it comes to makeshift home security strategies, some people go with a yappy terrier, some choose a battery of fake cameras and others rely on a generic alarm-company badge staked in the front yard.

If you prefer the leave-the-lights-on-24/7 technique, or if you rely on old-fashioned timers with fixed schedules, well, we have grim news: You’re doing it wrong. As NPR has reported, that can actually attract attention from burglars.

Smart lighting, however, turns something as simple and boring as a light bulb into a high-tech perimeter warning, and unlike a guard dog, it doesn’t shed. Smart lights outshine non-smart fixes like timers because they’re vastly easier to control, and they allow you to set them to better mimic the way a home’s occupants actually use lights (instead of on a predictable schedule).

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