Going away on holiday or out for an evening has always been an exciting prospect but do we do enough to secure our most prized possessions whilst away; in short the answer is yes and no. We often take precautionary measures like asking a neighbour to watch over the home, have somebody home sit, install locks and alarms and most importantly use lighting and timer plugs to project activity whilst were away. Timer plugs for a very long time have been the go to product when leaving our homes unoccupied.
Timer plugs when your away
Using timer plugs has a number of advantages:
- Timer plugs have been designed to give the impression that we’re in when we’re not
- TImer plugs can work with a number of connected appliances
- We can programme lights, radios etc. when were away for extended periods of time
Nevertheless using timer plugs also has its limitations:
- Timer plugs can now only be used on lamps
- Most of us tend to use the mains lights when at home so using lamps all of a sudden without any main lighting activity can be a little conspicuous.
- Using timer plugs on radios has become outdated with new and improved technologies such as smart phones and tablets.
- Timer plugs have been on the market for a very long time; home owners as well as burglars have come to learn when timer plugs are used and for what purpose.
- In the case of home security burglars use this information to understand who may be away.
- Timer plugs are not compatible with all lights and bulbs – specifically energy saving bulbs
- Timer plugs require mains electricity so whilst away socket plugs cannot be turned off – this makes timer plugs not very cost efficient.
- Potentially means leaving lamps in places where they could be a fire hazard
Though timer plugs have traditionally been the answer to home security there are a number of potential flaws which have been raised above. These are starting to take precedent over the positives that can arise from them . The concept of the timer plug still remains appealing and still resonates with the security conscious, however identifying a more effective tool to deterring burglars has become the end goal. A product that provides home security whilst also addressing the negative aspects of the timer plug such as cost efficiency, practicality, flexibility and safety.
The smarter solution is to time the lights you use on a daily basis, i.e. the mains lights. Why bother setting artificial lights on timers when you can just as easily programme your mains lights at home. With different mains lights coming on and off it really does look like your moving around the home.
The Mydome Light Switch Timer
The light switch timer illuminates the home just as it would if we were still there, giving a true illusion that were still home. The programmable timer is a police approved and endorsed product that is battery operated. Siting directly on top of your existing light switches the light switch timer is programmed when your away, whether that be on holiday or as short as an evening out. Awarded with the 2016 best innovation award it is the only timer switch which can be fitted to the 1,2 or 3 gang light switch on your wall without the need to make any changes to your switches or perform any wiring. The Timer Switch is an easy and reliable way to turn your existing light switch into a programmable timer light switch. The battery operated timer switch allows you to have your house lights come on and off at different times on different days to align with your regular routine and make it appear like your home.
When purchasing home security products like timer plugs and switches it is important to keep in mind the reason why we want and need them. Home security touches beyond protecting our expensive electronics and jewellery it’s a canvas term used to include our cherished memories and peaceful living. With this in mind the light switch timer presents itself as the practical upgrade to the traditional timer plug and the new go to solution for all holiday goes and security enthusiasts.
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Light Switch Timer – Quick programming guide
The clocks have changed and the nights are dark. Its time to secure your home easily with our quick programming guide for your light switch timer.
Light switch timer – quick programming guide
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Setting the clock – quick programming guide
- press enter – then use the day/ hour / min buttons till correct time is displayed.
- Press enter
- Press prog button select the day / hour /min you want the light(s) to turn on – press enter
- Then select the day / hour /min you want it to turn off – press enter
- Press prog to complete
*To select multiple days continue pressing the day button. You can select groups of days so a single program can turn lights on every day at the same time.
*Repeat for as many programs as you want.
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Switched on Products took the Gold Award for Best New Security Product at this year’s Totally DIY show with its revolutionary security device, impressing the judges with its ease of installation and simplicity.
The Light Switch Timer not only provides an effective means of protecting property and dissuading criminal activity, but it also uses smart technology to ensure low energy consumption and easy DIY installation. It has also achieved Police security standards accreditation through the ‘Secured by Design’ anti-crime initiative.
Nectar Innovation of the Year Award 2016
Naiem Dakri, founder of Essex business, Switched On Products, has beaten off hundreds of UK small businesses to be shortlisted in the eighth national Nectar Business Small Business Awards.
Switched On Products is just weeks away from finding out if it will win the Innovation of the Year category, for its flagship product, the Light Switch Timer. It will be judged by a panel of business experts and led by one of the UK’s leading business women, consumer champion and BBC ‘Dragon’, Sarah Willingham.
The Essex-based company behind the Light Switch Timer has been shortlisted for the innovation of the year – After its initial launch the product has been widely received winning industry awards and gaining Police Secure by Design Accreditation via the Association of Chief Police Orifices (ACPO) crime prevention initiative.
With recent Home Office crime figures revealing that four out of five burglaries take place when no-one is home, the advice by police and security experts is to fit homes with timer lights when they’re empty and in darkness.
“The problem I personally found with using lamps on timer plugs was that the light given off didn’t look realistic, making it look more obvious that no one was home”, says Naiem Dakri, director of Switched-On Products. “Unfortunately, the timers which fitted onto wall light sockets needed to be wired in, usually by an electrician, which certainly put me off bothering to buy one”.
It was this observation which led inventor Naiem Dakri to create a product which could be fitted to the existing light switch on the wall without the need for any rewiring.
The battery-operated “Light Switch Timer” can be used in any living space which gives off the most light, deterring would-be intruders. It works by sliding a cradle over the wall light switch, into which is slotted the control unit, making it ready to operate in seconds. It includes program on and off times for different days, to suit the individual’s lifestyle.
The winner of the Innovation of the Year Award will be a small business or individual that has created and successfully brought to market a product or service exploiting a gap in the market
This year, Switched on Products will be sponsoring the anti-burglary initiative, helping to fund the production of half a million leaflets that will be given out during street visits, on police ward stands and in shopping centres and transport hubs. In this way, the firm hopes to improve the lives of Londoners by giving them the information they need to keep their homes safe.
Autumn and winter typically see a rise in the burglary rate across the UK as thieves take advantage of the long hours of darkness.
Luckily, the Metropolitan Police Service (Met) has a plan to help people keep their homes secure, which should help them avoid falling victim to a break-in this winter. They are rolling out a programme called “Clocks, Locks and Lights” – which has seen successful before – in six boroughs across North London.
Clocks, Locks and Lights is part of the Met’s wider programme: Operation Bumblebee. With these initiatives, it is hoped that the threat of burglary during the winter months can be reduced and people throughout the capital can feel safer in their homes.