An expensive light bulb, or a cheap home security system?

A high-tech twist is transforming one of the oldest home security systems into the newest.

The light bulb -- an age-old deterrent to burglars -- has been geeked out by a Cambridge startup called BeON Home to learn your lighting habits and replicate them when you’re away, creating the illusion of an occupied home.

If your routine is to light the kitchen at dinner, the living room in prime time, and the bedside for evening reading, BeON bulbs can mimic that sequence automatically.

“It’s like a DVR for your lighting, and it plays back when you’re gone,” said BeON chief executive Alexei Erchak, whose company hopes to raise $100,000 for manufacturing by taking preorders on the Kickstarter crowdfunding website. Bulbs are expected to ship in the spring.

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