Every year, advancements in technology grow. New features, accessibility rate and user ability are on the rise, we have smart cars, smartphones, smart TVs and now smart light bulbs? What is smart lighting?
Just as thermostats and home security are gaining integration abilities with apps and remotes, smart light bulbs give you the simplicity and convenience of control with your space lighting.
The personalization and customizing ability with smart features create a whole new atmosphere. The lights provide automatic settings, millions of color shades, mood lighting and timers with the touch of a button. Not only this, smart light bulbs are both energy efficient and eco-friendly, LED lights saving up to 85 percent compared to a standard halogen bulb.
Smart bulbs even have GPS enabled lighting, turning off your lights when you leave home. Overall smart light bulbs offer you light optimization and the ability to control your home lighting with the touch of your phone.
How do smart lights work?
Smart lights are powered through your smart phone, either connecting through wi-fi, Bluetooth, a home automation system or app. Some brands also require a communication bridge as a gateway between your phone and the app. For example, Philips requires the Philips Hue Bridge. There must be some type of syncing between the smart light bulb and your phone device.
Smart lighting apps allow control of multiple lights at once, some even up to 50 lights. If you have a voice or smart home assistant, you may also control the lights with voice control. You can say, “Hey, Alexa. Turn off the living room lights,” and the lights will turn off.
Why should I use smart bulbs?
Smart bulbs give you more control of your lighting at home. They are available for your indoor and outdoor spaces and can be controlled from anywhere. Smart bulbs can be programed to your routines and schedules, turning on and off lights at a set time.
Smart bulbs do cost more, but they can last up to 20 years, saving you time and money. Smart bulbs give convenience of not requiring you to flip the light switch, you control the light with the touch of your phone.
Entertaining is so much fun with smart light bulbs, there are thousands of mood settings, dimming and color ambiance settings. Smart bulbs are LED meaning they use less energy and optimize lighting efficiency, drastically reducing your monthly utility costs.
In closing, smart bulbs offer convenience, control and incredible features all in one place. They will last up to 20 years, are LED energy efficient and are available in many different wattages, shapes, and styles.
Although the initial implementation of smart bulbs may be an investment, they will pay off in the long run. Many manufacture’s offer several years of warranty and are always creating new updates for the best user experience. The investment is worth it with the long-term savings and your ease of use.
As technology becomes more advances, we are given the tools on a user level to customize and empower our individual lives.