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Fake TV For Home Security

August 16, 2014, by Ken Jorgustin


During the night, a TV appears as a flickering shimmer of colors and hues against a window, shade, or curtain, as viewed from the outside. It sends a message (to the outside) that someone is home, watching TV. A home burglar looking for a vacant home to burglarize – will move on…

Home security and burglar deterrence should be thought of in ‘layers’. In addition to deterrents such as outdoor motion lights, security stickers & placards, deadbolts, bump-proof locks, long screws in your door strike-plate, an x-large dog bowl on the front porch, a real or fake security camera, etc., consider what the INSIDE of your home looks like as viewed from the OUTSIDE to a potential burglar.

I came across the following ‘Fake TV’, which I now use as part of my overall home security plan when I’m away from home. It is very effective…

If you are away from home for awhile on a trip or vacation, in addition to setting up a few lights on timers for the evening, the illusion of a TV turned on will add a very real appearance that someone is home – adding an additional layer of security.

This Fake TV is a device that simulates a TV by producing realistic random patterns of flickering light. It consumes a tiny fraction of the power of a real TV and can be simply plugged in to a wall outlet or connected to a 24-hour timer for the evening hours you wish it to be ON.

The emitted light is realistic in that it is sourced from multicolored LED’s behind prism lenses that diffuse the light into the room, reflecting off the walls, ceiling, and windows. The randomness of the flickering is extraordinarily similar to that of a real TV. The intensity changes, the color and hue changes, and the random speed at which it flickers is identical to scene changes on TV – some rapid, some slower.

Fake-TV simulation using several random photos I captured:

Fake-TV prism lenses and the multicolored LED’s behind them:


The Fake TV has several user-settings, enabling ‘always-on’ or by way of a light sensor which detects when it is getting dark in the room (and turns itself on). It can be set to run for 4-hours, 7-hours, or after dusk.

I personally prefer the ‘always-on’ setting while plugging the power supply adapter into a 24-hour timer which I set for specific hours of operation.


If you’re looking for an additional layer of home security while you’re away from home, consider the Fake-TV Burglar Deterrent.