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Published on January 2nd, 2016 | by Greg


BeON Home Protection System: Much More Than A Bulb

Home automation technologies continue to make a big splash- and the latest gear is certain to grab more headlines shortly thanks to the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, or CES, coming up in a bit over a week. And while you may not want, or need, the newest wearable or fitness tracker or connected appliance, chances are that you have looked into or already have moved to LED lighting. Regular lightbulbs are straightforward enough, but what if you could use your existing sockets to instantly make your home a little smarter.

The BeON Home Protection System is more than just your average smartbulb. Sure, you can use an app to turn off or dim your lights like some other solutions, and the bulbs themselves work just fine as, well, lights. Rated at 800 lumens and equivalent to about 60 watts, and with a decent color temperature of 3000K, they work well in a variety of environments. Inside each bulb, though, is a small removable component called a Smart Module that is the heart and soul of the BeON, and makes it quite unique. Designed more for home security and protection, the interior holds a removable battery and audio sensor module.

This allows the lights to illuminate even when there isn’t power- for instance in emergency situations- and can also be used to detect doorbells and smoke alarms. We’ve been using their starter kit, with three bulbs, and they create a Bluetooth mesh network so that they can communicate with one another. This allows some nifty behaviors: if a carbon monoxide alarm triggers in your kitchen, your bedroom lights will flash. Originally a Kickstarter project that raised over $100K, we simply downloaded and connected to their free iOS and Android mobile apps. And then we could set up a whole host of options and rules, including training/teaching it to hear our doorbell and then flash the lights. This might not be all that useful in a Chelsea apartment, but is definitely more helpful when you might be away from home and burglars ring to see if anyone is home. And you can ‘replay’ your lights over time to deter them in the first place.

We liked that the modules can be replaced in the future should new needs arise, though we did miss some of the advantages of other smart lighting systems- like the ability to change lighting colors for a party, or just for fun. But it’s more than a fair trade, as long as you aren’t already tied into another ecosystem. If security and safety applications matter more than your basic controls, and you’re willing to spend a bit more, the BeON bulbs and modules are available for $75 each or in a package of three as tested for around $199, online.

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Greg dreamed up the idea for the Truly Network while living in Hawaii, which began with a single site called TrulyObscure. In 2010, when advertisers and readers were requesting coverage beyond the scope of that site, TrulyNet was launched, reaching a broader audience over a variety of niche sites. Formerly the head technology correspondent for the Des Moines Register at age 16, he has since lived and worked in five states and two countries, helping a list of organizations and companies that includes the United States Census Bureau, TripAdvisor, Events Photo Group, Berlitz, and Computer Geeks. He also served as the Content Strategy Manager for HearPlanet, a multi-platform app that has reached over a million users and has been featured in the New York Times, Hemispheres Magazine, National Geographic Adventure, Fox Business News, PC Magazine, and even Apple’s own iPhone ads. Greg has written as a restaurant critic and feature journalist for a number of national and international publications, including City Weekend Magazine, Red Egg Magazine, the Newton Daily News, Capital Change Magazine, and an arm of China Daily, Beijing Weekend. In addition, he has served as a consulting editor for the Foreign Language Press of Beijing, as well as a writer and editor for the George Washington University Hatchet, the school newspaper of his alma mater. Originally from Iowa, Greg is currently living in the West Village of Manhattan.

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