Philips Lighting, a global leader in lighting, has released findings that reveal the top things holidaymakers worry about whilst away and announces the launch of a new Philips Hue app which allows to control light from distance.


Research* from Philips Lighting reveals most people fear leaving home unattended while on holiday:

  • Globally 81% of holidaymakers worry about their property when away
  • Over half (51%)are concerned about being burgled
  • Almost half (45%) would feel less worried if they could access their lighting system via their mobile phone

“We like to believe that an intelligent home it is” easy to use” especially when we want to leave in peace on a holiday. As a result, for this need and for our customers, we have now introduced Philips Hue,the smart lighting system which allows you to schedule your lights to turn on and off whenever you want and the best thing is that you can enable it from anywhere in the world” says Codruța Marin,Key Account Manager Consumer Channel, Philips Lighting Romania.

Despite one third (36%) of vacationers only taking steps to prepare their property the day or even hours before they leave, globally 81% of those surveyed fear leaving their home unattended. The findings also revealed how smart home technology, such as Philips Hue, could be an effective way to ease holiday stress levels with almost half of people surveyed (45%) stating they would be less worried if they could automate their lights in their home while away, using their phone.


Taking control this summer

If you’re away for just one night or taking a longer vacation, Philips Hue can simulate your presence at home. This key feature of the Hue app since its launch in 2012, has now been updated in the latest Hue app (2.14), meaning you can now turn on and off your lights remotely or schedule them to automatically switch on and off at specific moments in the day. The new update also enables you to introduce a randomness to it, so your lights mimic your normal daily routine and signal a presence to anyone around your home. You can set schedules for individual rooms or your full home and the app allows you to specify the days, so you can vary between different schedules during the week.


People aged between 18 and 24 years old were the most open to use this technology to prevent this problem when they are on a holiday.


The research revealed the top global worries for holidaymakers as:


  • Being burgled while on holiday – 51%
  • Leaving electricals on, such as the iron, hair straighteners or the oven – 32%
  • Plants in the house or garden dying – 30%
  • Pets being lonely while away – 25%
  • Passers-by seeing that the house is empty if not well-lit – 25%
  • Leaving the lights on 17%



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