Fake TV , TV SimulatorFakeTV FTV-11 Extra Bright Burglar Deterrent review

A few years ago, I wrote a news item about the FakeTV, which was a little box with LEDs that flicker, flash, and wane to simulate the look of a TV playing to make it look like someone is home. That little box simulated the light output of a 27″ TV, and that was just too small to simulate my big HDTV. I was looking on Amazon recently, and I found there was a new version of the FakeTV, and the FTV-11 Extra Bright Burglar Deterrent is designed to simulate the output of a 40″ TV. That’s closer to the size of my TV, so I placed my order from Amazon.
The Extra Bright FakeTV measures about 3″ X 2.5″ X 2.25″. It’s made of plastic, and it has a matrix 12 of “extra brightInch LEDs seated in silvery reflectors. I couldn’t find any documentation saying what type of LEDs are used nor their light output. There’s a little computer inside that controls the LEDs to produce a constantly changing light show.
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The above video (taken with my iPhone 5) shows what the light display looks like inside my living room. It looks very much like the lights from a TV, with the lights changing colors or getting very bright or dim to simulate scene changes, or suddenly going off for a few seconds like a commercial break starting.

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But what’s important is what it looks like from the outside. Our house is elevated in the front; it sits higher above the ground than a normal single-story house, and the bottom of the windows are about 5.5-ft above ground level. You couldn’t see the FakeTV box through the windows, even when standing pretty close to the house – like a burglar might if he were checking things out to decide if this was the house to rob. (And yes, it was raining out there. Such is my dedication to a good review – I’ll send my husband out in any kind of weather to get the video!

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