An Open Invitation – Spooky Home Security Stories

October 20, 2020

Gather ’round for some chilling stories throughout October! Each week this month, we’ll be sending you a spooky tale that’ll have you thinking about your home security.

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An Open Invitation

Since having their baby girl Emma almost three months ago, Sarah and Marcus had their heads in the clouds. With so many new things on their minds, having to keep track of their growing family, they found themselves often making absent-minded and silly mistakes daily. Marcus still teased Sarah for flipping the house upside down as she looked for her keys, only to realize she’d left them in the fridge.
What they needed was some company with other grow-ups and conversation that didn’t involve cooing. Marcus’ brother and his wife had extended an open invitation to cook them a nice dinner so they could gush over their niece, and it was time to take them up on that offer. Around 5 PM on a Saturday night, they went through their usual checklist, packing the baby bag, checking off diapers and bottles until they were satisfied. This time, they agreed there would be no turning around for something they’d left at home.
That night, Sarah and Marcus weren’t allowed to lift a finger as Emma was fed, burped, changed, and coddled by her aunt and uncle. Finally, a night free of stress or worry. What could go wrong?
Well after the sun went down, they headed back home with baby Emma sound asleep. But when they arrived home, what they saw sent chills down their spines. Their eyes widened, stunned to see their garage wide open, with the door to their home slightly ajar. Sarah’s heart began racing and through a clenched jaw, she asked her husband if they’d left it open. Surely, they couldn’t have left their home so vulnerable? They replayed their earlier exit over and over in their minds, but neither could remember.
With a brave face and a reassuring voice, Marcus instructed Sarah to stay in the car with the baby while he went in to check the house. She watched the windows as several lights flickered on. Ten minutes felt like an eternity. Finally, Marcus emerged with a worried scowl. Everything seemed to be in place from what he could tell – except one thing. The window in Emma’s nursery was also wide open. Full panic set in. Sarah often liked to let in the cool fall air, but she refused to believe she could leave it open. Her stomach was in knots. Had someone broken in? Was it their own grave mistake and had someone taken advantage of it? With four bedrooms, a basement, and an attic, Sarah was sure anyone could be hiding in there.
There, at the threshold of their home, the small family stood frozen in fear as they wondered if they dare to enter.

Did this story feel “too close to home”?

While the story above is totally fictional and not based on a specific family – it’s inspired by real concerns that many homeowners experience.

Secure the fort

Smarter security can back you up when you’re a bit forgetful – so you won’t have any surprises.


With a connected garage door opener powered by, you’ll never have to worry about leaving your garage open again. Geo-services will remind you to close it (right from your phone) when you leave the house or you can even set up an alert to notify you when it’s been left open for a certain amount of time.

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Who needs keys? A smart lock can give you all the access you need – and even lets you share it. Quickly lock up when you’re on your way out, or open up when you need to let someone in. Or, you can even create special access codes on your smart numerical lock for each family member (or visitor).

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Contact sensors add an extra layer of home security by letting you know when something is open or closed. Yes, like windows or doors, but you can take it even further to notify you when someone has opened a sensitive drawer, a gate, a jewelry box, etc.

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Are you ready for smarter home security ?

 Our Phoenix reps are ready to discuss your options, including smart garage openers, contact sensors, and smart locks.

Reach out to us at 678-566-2460 for a free consultation!

Lighting is an essential and powerful element of any home’s design. When designed with intention, lighting can not only make your home feel warmer and more welcoming, but it can increase productivity, highlight your favorite areas of your house, and add character. Plus, choosing the right bulbs and fixtures from your home can impact energy efficiency. 

There are four main types of lighting you should keep in mind when designing or revamping your home. Each serves its own purpose and comes in a variety of options.

Ambient Lighting

Ambient lighting provides the overall illumination and sets the mood for a room. Typically, it floods the room with lighting from above, from ceiling-mounted lights and ceiling fans. Wall sconces can also provide enough lighting to brighten a room.

Of course, ambient lighting can come in a variety of styles which can work well in larger rooms like kitchens and living rooms. Ceiling lights can be dome-shaped flushed fixtures, or recessed lights for a sleeker and more minimal look. They can be a part of a ceiling fan or stand alone for a bold statement-making chandelier. Or, tall floor lamps can provide excellent ambient lighting, especially in rooms with high ceilings.

Accent Lighting

Accent lighting is more dedicated to style than function. With the use of directional track lights or spotlights, you can guide the eyes toward artwork or architectural elements within your home that deserve special attention.

This type of lighting can add character to your home, setting the stage for your favorite spaces and pieces to shine. Options like cove lighting can be installed near your tray ceiling or crown molding to bring those features to life.

Task Lighting

There are a lot of tasks and activities we perform in our homes on a daily basic. From cooking and preparing your morning coffee to reading, writing, and working at home. Task lighting can illuminate the necessary areas for you to do your best work. 

Under-cabinet lighting is a great way to brighten up the counter tops when you’re prepping meals, while also highlighting your beautiful backsplashes, countertop décor, coffee bar, and more. Then, when it’s time to settle in for the night, task lighting by your bedside can help you crack open a good book to wind down.

Natural Lighting

Never underestimate the power of natural lighting within your home. Sunlight streaming in through your windows can instantly make a home feel more welcoming and comfortable. Of course, while we have no power over the sun outside, we can manage the ways we incorporate it into our lighting design through smart shading.

With a variety of fabric options, you can let just enough light in to brighten your home, while also controlling unnecessary glares, or even keeping your bedroom dark and cozy.

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Get Smarter About Lighting

The lighting in your home should feel intuitive and comforting, not cumbersome and overwhelming. With so many lights in your house, it can help to integrate them all into your smart home system. This way, you can manage them all from a single app, or even automate them based on your routines and energy-management needs. Smart lighting systems can even make your home safer, so you never come home to a dark house, and you can deter intruders while you’re on vacation.

 Phoenix Systems offers free consultations with our smart home pros to help design and install lighting solutions that work for you.