Smart lighting may sound like something out of a science fiction novel. Lights that respond to your command? Ridiculous! Well, in reality, smart lighting is a simple and completely logical invention that’s rapidly rising in popularity.
Smart lights are pricier than your traditional light bulb, but it offers longevity (it can last around 8 years depending on lifespan and how long you use it per day), control from the consumer, and energy efficiency.
If you’re interested in purchasing smart lights but aren’t sure where to start, here are a couple of important facts that can help you.
What is smart lighting and how does it work?
Smart lighting are LED light bulbs that users can control via their smartphone, tablet, and other smart devices as long as there’s connectivity to the Internet.
You can place these light bulbs into every socket in your home. With a smartphone, tablet, or Internet-connected hub (think Nest or Wink), you can connect all of the light bulbs together using an app. This gives you full control of the lights inside of your house.
Certain brands, like the Phillips-brand smart light bulb, require specific gateways (a box that communicates to the light bulbs) to function.
Many brands also let you use more than one wireless technology or even voice-automated systems like Amazon Alexa and Google Home to help you decide the best option for you and your home.
Pros of smart lighting your home
You may feel as if smart lighting is just a fancier way to dim your lights, but it offers much more to improve your quality of life, including:
- Conveniency. Long gone are the days of checking your house for any lights that are on before you leave or go to bed. With smart lighting, you can quickly control the amount of lighting there is in your home all at once.
- Automation. Smart lighting lets you set a schedule based on your preferences at different times of the day. For example, you can set your lights to gradually wake you up for work at 6 AM or slowly have your lights dim out every evening to wind down before bed.
- Other Features. Smart light bulbs offer many cool features that you can use to your advantage. Apart from dimming and changing the color ambiance in a room, many smart light bulbs can use your GPS location on your smartphone to turn your lights on when you come home or turn them off when you leave your house. Some smart bulbs can even be synced to your television, changing the lighting based on what’s happening on the screen.
What to consider before buying
You may face a couple of limitations to your smart lights depending on the system or hub the bulbs are connected to. For example, if you connect the lights to Bluetooth, you will only be able to adjust the lights while you’re at home. When you leave your house, you will be unable to turn off any lights left on because you will be out of the Bluetooth connection range.
Similarly, smart bulbs connected to Wi-Fi can take time to respond to your changes, especially if you have other devices connected. If the Internet goes out because of a storm, your smart lights will go out as well just as regular lights would during a power outage.
Smart lighting can be a great addition to your home and lifestyle. It’s affordable, lasts for a long time, and uses less energy—all of which can save you money on your monthly bill once you make that investment.
Check out our blog, Top 5 Smart Devices for Sleep and Health for other cool smart devices that can fit your home and lifestyle.