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Westek HomeFinder Porchlight Flasher

Westek HomeFinder (Image courtesy Amazon) By Andrew Liszewski

The HomeFinder screw-in light controller from Westek might seem like a simple idea, but if you live with family members who may one day need the assitance of paramedics, it might end up being an invaluable tool.

It screws into a light socket and accepts a standard bulb, and when the light switch is flipped twice the unit will flash for 20 minutes making it easier for emergency assistance to find your home, or even someone less vital like the pizza delivery guy. The flashing can be cancelled at any time by simply turning the switch off, and there’s a sensor to ensure it only turns on after dusk. $10.91 from Amazon.

And here’s a little known fact, I actually spent three weeks as the prime suspect in a ‘porchlight flasher’ case, but I was eventually exonerated when the police realized I never actually leave this computer. So not only does blogging pay the bills, but it also turns out to be a pretty solid alibi!

*True story!

*Note: Story may not be true.

[ Westek HomeFinder Screw-In Light Control ] VIA [ GadgetGrid ]







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  • bakuteh

    What happens when every house in the neighbourhood has one??

  • http://www.ohgizmo.com/ Evan Ackerman

    *It's a true story.

    And if blogging pays your bills, I'd like to have a word with you…

  • mcman

    I'd likely wear this as a broach and I don't even know what a broach is.

  • chaosoldier

    Well seeing as I read this as needing you to flip the switch on then off then on again relatively fast I don't think every house in the neighborhood is going to order pizza or call 911 at the same time.

  • chaosoldier

    Well based on the definition nothing can be worn as a broach.. But I think in clothing it may refer to the thing you use to hold the two sides of a cloth cape together at the neck forming the cape on one end and the hood on the other. Like the small leaf in LOTR

  • chaosoldier

    This seems like it could be relatively useful… Even in the day.. So why limit it to after dark only?

  • Jessicat

    If everyone had one and flipped them on and off at the same time, they could have a wicked rave party! Just throw on some 80s techno and go out to the streets. Break out the glow sticks and get it started…

  • Jessicat

    It is a neat idea, but someone should come up with a system to interlock it into their medical necklace. The ones you push the button and it notifies the person monitoring that system to call for help. That way if you can't get to the switch you can still activate it with a button. Because if Grandma is on the floor and needs help I doubt she's making it to the light switch to flip it not once, but twice.

  • Phlow

    as a former pizza delivery driver, i think this would be awesome

  • chaosoldier

    she just needs to get a clapper..

  • http://zotel.livejournal.com/ Zotel

    I suppose they were thinking it wouldn't be as noticable in the daytime. Maybe they should add a colored smoke generator to it…

  • http://zotel.livejournal.com/ Zotel

    I bet there's an emergency “strobe” you can add onto some of those systems in lieu of the flashing porch light.

  • http://zotel.livejournal.com/ Zotel

    I suppose they were thinking it wouldn't be as noticable in the daytime. Maybe they should add a colored smoke generator to it…

  • http://zotel.livejournal.com/ Zotel

    I bet there's an emergency “strobe” you can add onto some of those systems in lieu of the flashing porch light.