Can I go smart with my gar­den lights?

T3 - - Gadget Guru - MaxH ar­ri­son, Ford­ing­bridge

ANot con­tent with colour­ing your rooms a gaudy shade of pink, both Philips and LIFX have set their sights on gussy­ing up your out­door space, with a host of lu­di­crous bulbs leav­ing their labs all the time, from path-friendly pedestals to big­ger wall lights. So yes, you cer­tainly can, and you can au­to­mate them in ex­actly the way you’d work with in­ter­nal light­ing.

Those are cute – GaGu doesn’t mean to sneer, it’s just his de­fault mode – but you can get slightly more smart if you’re think­ing prac­ti­cally. The Ring Spot­light Bat­tery (£120) is just one ex­am­ple: it’s a cam­era with mo­tion de­tec­tion, it’s a PIR -driven LED se­cu­rity light, it’s a bur­glar alarm, and it’s a two-way au­dio sys­tem if you’d pre­fer to spook in­trud­ers (or bar­beque guests) with whis­pered ghost noises.

Ne­tatmo’s Pres­ence (£209) out­door cam­era is sim­i­lar, with a nice big flood­light and great video cap­ture qual­ity.

ABOVEYou want to name your baby, but just stay away from Twit­ter quizzes

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