How to use lighting to keep your home safer


    March 11th, 2022


    With the Easter holidays around the corner, many of us will travel to other cities to get a much needed break, or to visit families and friends. Of course, making sure your home is safe while you’re away is a top priority.


    Avoid those anxiety-inducing thoughts of “Did I leave the lights on?” or “Is someone sneaking around my house?” by taking the steps to help protect your home against unwanted visitors with Philips Hue. Smart light can help you feel safer and more reassured as you come home after a long day, lighting up your surroundings – both inside and out


    Here are some tips to keep your home safer while you’re away this Easter holiday:

    1. Make it look like you’re at home with light


    Some burglars will notice the lack of activity — especially if lights are off. With its simple setup and wireless installation, the Philips Hue Starter Kit is the best way to get started with automating your away-from-home moments.  The Hue app allows you to automate your lights so that it looks as though you’re going through your daily routines as usual. Set lights to come on in the morning, in the afternoon and during the evening — sometimes even at random intervals — to mimic your presence and help deter unwanted guests.  

    Philips Hue Starter Kit Scene

    If you want to take it a step further, use a smart home security device that can add an extra layer of protection. A smart doorbell or camera can act as a motion sensor, while a smart smoke or CO2 detector can send you a text if something’s amiss at home. Learn more about which smart home devices work with Philips Hue.


    The most inviting sight for a burglar is a house that looks empty. When you know you’re going to be away for an extended period of time, take some precautions to help prevent that “nobody’s home!” appearance to suspicious individuals. Suspend your newspaper delivery so that it doesn’t start piling up, and make sure that you have a trusted neighbour to pick up your post if you’ll be gone for an extended period of time. More importantly, use the right smart lighting solution that can help create the impact of you being there.


    Schedule your path lights, such as the Econic Outdoor Pedestal or the Outdoor Lightstrip, to turn on when the sun sets. Having the lights on after dusk makes it look more like someone is home, helping to deter unwanted guests.

    2. For an added sense of security


    Pair your Hue smart lights with an Outdoor sensor. The sensor detects movement and turns on your selected light or lights to potentially scare away an intruder. Because it’s able to trigger both indoor and outdoor lights using motion, it is a believable sign that someone is at home — even when you’re not.


    We recommend not just placing a sensor on your porch – intruders may not be so polite as to knock on your door! Set up an Outdoor sensor and Welcome floodlight at your home’s most vulnerable points of entry, such as a side window, backdoor or basement entrance, to get a better feeling of security and light the darkest corners of your garden.

    Welcome Floodlight

    3. Turn it off and turn it down


    Forgot to turn off the lights? With the Hue app, you can put your mind at ease with away-from-home control. Just open your app to see if your lights are on — and, if they are, turn them off with just a tap of a button!


    A good way to ruin a perfect holiday is arriving home to an extraordinary energy bill or ruined electronics due to a power surge. To help decrease the chances of these unfortunate circumstances, unplug what you don’t need: the coffeemaker, televisions, washing machine and dryer, for example. You can also adjust your thermostat to be a few degrees cooler this spring too.


    Going away for the short- or long-term this Easter holiday doesn’t have to leave you worrying about your home and its security. Taking the proper precautions — such as setting light routines and installing a motion sensor — can help you avoid any surprises upon your return.

    About the author:

    Giuliano Ghidini

    Giuliano Ghidini


    Signify UK&I Consumer Commercial Leader

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    Signify – UK&I PR Manager

    Nikita Mahajan

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    About Signify


    Signify (Euronext: LIGHT) is the world leader in lighting for professionals, consumers and the Internet of Things. Our Philips products, Interact systems and data-enabled services, deliver business value and transform life in homes, buildings and public spaces. In 2023, we had sales of EUR 6.7 billion, approximately 32,000 employees and a presence in over 70 countries. We unlock the extraordinary potential of light for brighter lives and a better world. We have been in the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index since our IPO for seven consecutive years and have achieved the EcoVadis Platinum rating for four consecutive years, placing Signify in the top one percent of companies assessed. News from Signify can be found in the Newsroom, on X, LinkedIn and Instagram. Information for investors is located on the Investor Relations page.

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