The future is here! Smart bulbs can be controlled by your phone and even placed on a timer for when you are away from home, having your home ready and lit when you get home. However, despite all of the advantages of smart bulbs, you may have wondered if they can be bad for you.
Smart bulbs can be bad both for your security and health. Health-wise, smart bulbs can produce many carcinogenic agents through the radiation they emit. Security-wise, smart bulbs can cause your Wi-Fi network to be vulnerable to hackers. In these ways, smart bulbs can be bad for you.
There are many other things to be concerned about when it comes to buying smart bulbs. Here is some information about the dangers of smart bulbs and how to potentially avoid these dangerous situations. Although they do present many hazards that you should be aware of, it is also important to remember that they are capable of providing many benefits to your home and family. In this case, before deciding to upgrade to smart bulb technology, consider the following factors:
Health Risks of Smart Lights
Like any other light bulb, smart bulbs can emit carcinogenic radiation agents. Smart bulbs release more radiation because they connect to your home wi-fi network to function. WIFI devices produce radiation and typically the more WIFI devices you have in your home, the higher the EMF levels are being released into your home.
If you already have a lot of wi-fi devices in your home, adding smart bulbs could raise those EMF levels. Radiation produced from wi-fi devices can cause damage to reproductive organs, hormonal functions, cellular mutations, and disruptions in brain waves.
Perhaps too much smart technology is not as good as it might appear at first glance. You can try investing in wi-fi guarding equipment such as a router guard.
With Smart bulbs also being Bluetooth devices, there can also be other unknown long-term effects related to carcinogenic radiation produced from Bluetooth devices. Bluetooth devices produce a kind of radiation called radiofrequency.
The effects of long-term exposure to RF-EMF are relatively unknown. Because smart bulbs are a device that is commonly used in your home, a place where you spend most of your time, it may be a risk you will have to consider.
Smart bulbs generally produce a kind of electricity called dirty electricity which does give off EMF emissions. Along with this, the wi-fi and Bluetooth RF radiation is something to be concerned about. Therefore, try researching the different kinds of smart lights on the market to learn which kinds will produce less radiation.
Perhaps a smart bulb that does not require a WIFI set-up to function in order to limit the amount of RF-EMF being produced in your home from wi-fi devices. Investing in safety equipment to guard yourself against the exposure of potentially hazardous radiation is also a smart move to make.
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Smart Bulb Security Risks
Smart bulbs can be potentially breached by hackers who will then be able to get into your personal information.
Because smart bulbs connect to your wi-fi, this makes all of your personal information vulnerable to fraud.
There are so many hackers out in the world today, trying to figure ways to get a hold of your personal information. If your smart lights are connected to your phone, laptop, or computer, hackers can also hack into these devices and others you may have hooked up to the same Wi-Fi in order to get a hold of your private information.
Through only a smart bulb, your entire wi-fi network can be infiltrated. Even more inescapable may be the advent of a hacker stealing your information through the light itself produced from smart light technology.
Smart bulbs produce light on the invisible wave spectrum (aka light that you cannot see). Hackers are capable of stealing your information this way as well.
So since hackers have become very good about what they do, it is important to give yourself the best chance of building up your defense. One example of this is to set up a great password. Don’t use a password you use on every other website you visit.
This would be a huge mistake. In the event a hacker would be able to hack into your network through your smart bulb devices, you can guarantee they won’t have the password for your other sites.
Another safety tip is to not save your password on any sites such as your Email, social media, and bank account. That way the hackers can’t easily access your information. Lastly, if you are going to upgrade to smart bulbs, make sure you do so with a smart home hub.
That way your hub would hook up to your wi-fi network and would not be as easy to hack as your light bulbs. Avoiding the direct connection to your WIFI through smart bulbs is the key.
Smart Bulbs as a Fire Hazard
Smart bulbs are less of a fire hazard than regular light bulbs because they use LED light, converting 95% of their energy to light and 5% to heat. That 5% is what can cause fires, although this is less of a hazard than you may think.
To avoid fires with smart bulbs, placement is your best protection. You should make sure that the bulbs are used with proper wattage and electrical wiring.
Keep your smart lights away from any heat source such as a radiator, fireplace, TV, gaming console, or computer. Smart lights generally produce little heat since the energy is being used as a light, providing less chance for a fire to start. Keeping your smart lights away from other heat sources is a good way to decrease the chances of them overheating.
Lastly, consider the areas in your home you are going to put your smart lights. If you have an attic, basement, or a poorly ventilated room, you may not want to put smart lights here since LED lights won’t function as well in poor ventilation. Attics on a hot day are an ideal setting for any kind of light bulb to overheat.
Also if you live in a home with poor ventilation, you may increase the possibility of a fire starting by using LED lights. Therefore, consider using them in an air-conditioned room in order to provide the optimal setting.
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