Saturday, February 25, 2012

Home Security: A Novel Idea

Home Security: A Novel Idea

I just finished reading a book I picked up a couple weeks ago at the bookstore.  It’s by my favorite author and she did not let me down.  It’s a romance novel, so it’s rather formulaic, but the story itself is what I liked.  Three guys and their mom have decided to rehab an old inn/hotel.  I’m not going to run through the whole plot, but towards the end another guy the woman at the center of the story has been trying to politely say “no, I don’t want to date you” starts taking things a little too far.  The main male character takes it upon himself to deck out her home with some of the latest security products on the market.  Including flood/security lights.

The only problem I can see with these lights is they aren’t that effective unless you’re 1) home and 2) awake.  Otherwise, you wouldn’t see them pop on, and unless you live in the small town this story takes place in, your neighbors won’t be monitoring your house for that creep who’s been harassing you.  Which is why the guy was able to break into her house on Halloween and wait until she got home.

Having done this blog for a while now, I also wondered if the bulbs were LED.  Philips has some pretty good LED flood lights that bathe the area being monitored.  The AmbientLED ™ 90W Replacement Outdoor and Security PAR38 LED bulb is 80% more efficient, using just 18W of power, when it’s tracking every move around the area where it is set up.

Although security lights are meant to pop on and off in response to movement, this product available in “warm white” goes on without flicker.  Of course, like all LED products, the bulbs have a 25,000 hour life span, at least.  Which is?  Yup: 25 times longer than an incandescent bulb and 2.5 times longer than a fluorescent bulb.  It’s circular shape fits most existing security systems and the curved lens helps the bulb stick out a little further and cast its light that much further.

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