Can I go smart with my garden lights?
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.
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