Earlier this week I was in a high-dollar condo doing a packing job. The residents were moving out and they had quite a substantial amount of items that needed to be packed and moved. I had to chuckle to myself as I passed through the gated entrance at just how much insecurity these people have. First there’s the coded gate entrance, then the coded garage entrance and then of course, the locked condo entrance. And yet with all these codes and locks, they would not be able to prevent someone entering in their home if that person was of the mind to do so. What is even more shocking is just how much money these people pay for such security. It’s unreal.
I suppose I’m a down-to-earth type of person when it comes to my finances and how they are spent on security. One simple lock on each of my doors, a limited knowledge of the law, and six bullets in my revolver along with an I-Never-Miss track record, pretty much insures my security. Of course, some of these precautions are only good when I’m at home. However, there is another item that I would like to purchase in the future. Although I wouldn’t use it as a burglar deterrent, that is how it is marketed and rightly so. You can fairly cheaply get some X10 motion sensors online, hook them up to your master console (or get an X10 home security starter set), and you’re good to go.
The Home Automation Store sells the X10 Eagle Eye Motion Sensor which automatically turn lights and appliances off and on! When motion is detected, these sensors signal your X10-enabled lights and appliances. It automatically lights up dark spaces like your basement, attic or back porch. Combine it with the X10 Dimmer Switch and you’ve got a pretty good deterrent.
Not only would these items be good for home protection but also good for the elderly homeowner. The X10 Eagle Eye Motion Sensor would enable the path to the doorway to be lit when they are outside, thus preventing falls. It would also light up the outside should some wanted or unwanted person arrive.
I would like to have the dimmer switches put in my home. They create such a warming effect when the lights are dimmed, thus welcoming guests and residents alike. My bedroom light can be brutal at night time. Even a dimmer switch in the bathroom would be a welcomed feature. I don’t wake up easily and the glaring bright lights above the vanity just make me want to keep my eyes shut while I’m showering and getting ready for the day.
Of course, all these nice X10 products can be hooked together to one X10 Wireless Remote which is the king of all modern conveniences. Just think of how nice it would be to go upstairs to bed and never question whether the garage light was turned off. The wireless remote would answer the question for you. Give yourself and your family a great Christmas gift…