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1 Choose a sys­tem that’s user friendly and eas­ily pro­grammed, so you get the most out of it. 2 Look for flex­i­bil­ity. You may wish to add sen­sors, mon­i­tors or ad­di­tional users at a later date. 3 Make sure you can mon­i­tor from your smart­phone who’s en­ter­ing or leav­ing the house. You can then de­cide if you’ll alert the au­thor­i­ties – if it’s not the cleaner! 4 Con­sider your life­style. If you’re of­ten away, look for fea­tures that al­low you to cre­ate sce­nar­ios, such as pro­gram­ming lights to come on and off. 5 Keep it sim­ple. Even just adding ex­ter­nal light sen­sors gives you a cheap and ef­fec­tive de­ter­rent for un­wanted vis­i­tors.

Smart light­ing sys­tems in the home can also be cus­tomis­able for se­cu­rity by pro­gram­ming sce­nar­ios such as a quiet evening in – even though you’re out. Ta­ble lamps, porch lights and even the TV can be set to sim­u­late a full house. Out­side, sen­sor lights are an ex­cel­lent de­ter­rent at night, while also cre­at­ing a safe, il­lu­mi­nated path to wel­come guests.

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