Technology has greatly evolved in the past 100 years, as we all obviously know. Take electricity, for instance. Today, almost all the homes and businesses in the world benefit from the power of electricity – in fact, we can’t imagine our daily lives without it. And of course, along with improvements in electricity come improvements in electrical gadgets and appliances as well. Lighting solutions nowadays run the gamut from LED light bulbs to entire smart lighting systems, which bring us to our topic for today: smart lighting. You’ve probably heard about it but are not entirely sure how it works, or even how it can benefit you. Here, then, is everything you need to know about smart lighting – and why you need it today.
Smart lighting has been around for several years now, but it is only recently that it has become more affordable to the regular consumer. Perhaps that’s one reason why it’s more popular than ever. Let’s begin with the basics.
What are smart light fixtures?
A smart light bulb or fixture is not so different from an ordinary light bulb. It is often comprised of several components, such as the LED (Light Emitting Diode) as the main source of light. Some smart light bulbs have different colours, which can additionally create a more customised ‘lighting vibe’ for your home.
One aspect which makes smart light fixtures different from ordinary light fixtures is the inclusion of a communications module. This module (which is hardly the size of your fingernail) allows the light bulb or fixture to directly communicate with a so-called ‘gateway gadget’ or device such as a control panel, or with your own tablet or smart phone.
The benefits of smart lighting you should know about
- Enhanced safety for you and your loved ones
As you can already imagine, smart lighting brings with it a plethora of benefits. Imagine, first of all, that you’re not at home. You have to travel or go on holiday for a week or two. If you have smart lighting, you have the ability to remotely turn on your lights, which gives the illusion that there is someone staying at home. You can do this remotely through a special app, or you can automate your lights by having them switched on at a certain time. You can have your lights turned on at sunset, or have them on at sunrise. You can also have your lights turned on and off through the entire day (this capability also works well if you are still at work and your children are at home). Another option (and benefit) with smart lighting is that you can have your lights turned on if any motion is perceived or detected, especially outdoors.
- More convenience and comfort for you
An added convenience of smart lighting is that your lights can turn on as soon as you walk in, allowing you to walk into your home without having to bump into things or turn on the lights as you go from room to room. This saves you time and effort, especially if all you want to do after a long and tiring day is change out of your work clothes, have a nice supper, and relax.
- Set your preferred ‘scene’
One benefit not many people are aware of when it comes to smart lighting is your ability to set your perfect ‘lighting scene’. Imagine being able to dim or turn off the lights according to your mood or preference. If you are watching television, for example, you can choose to have your main overhead light switched off, your wall sconces or lights dimmed to about 40 percent, and your lamps to be on – a great way to set the mood and ambience for watching your favourite film or show on TV. All this you can do with a simple swipe or touch of a button.
Being able to customise your lighting according to your liking is one of the main reasons why those who have opted for smart lighting absolutely love it. You can create the perfect ‘lighting blend’ in different rooms in your home and according to different tasks such as reading a book, cooking, hosting a dinner party with guests, and more.
- A user-friendly innovation
Yet one more benefit of smart lighting is the fact that it’s much easier to install today. In fact, you can do it yourself. Granted, a few years ago, you may have needed to do a complete overhaul of your lighting system if you wanted smart lighting. But things have definitely changed. Most smart light bulbs available nowadays can fit into a standard light socket, and connection is made even easier with Wi-Fi and a number of easy-to-use apps. You also have the option of choosing just one dimmer switch for smart lighting if you prefer – or an entire hub of lighting fixtures if you want it as well.
Other benefits you should know about
Nowadays, smart lighting not only refers to actual lighting fixtures – it also refers to plugs or sockets as well as switches. With a smart plug or socket, you can remotely control electrical devices such as lamps, and the same is true with smart switches.
Believe it or not, with smart lighting, you can actually reduce your monthly consumption of electricity in a very easy manner. Just think about it – since you can control the lighting automatically and remotely, you can choose to have lights switched on and off according to what is needed, and, as a result, your lights will only be turned on when and where you need them. Experts have proven that with smart lighting, you can reduce your monthly electricity expenses by as much as 40 percent.
And, if you can dim your lights remotely, you can also extend the lifespan of your lighting fixtures, since they won’t be working to their full capacity if it isn’t necessary.
So, there you have it – everything you need to know about smart lighting, and we’ve barely touched the range of benefits it offers. Did you know, for instance, that some smart lighting systems can now be configured to ‘communicate’ with your own alarm system, locks, and even music system? The beauty of smart lighting comes from its convenience, comfort, versatility and flexibility, and increased affordability. Your home – and lifestyle – can be dramatically changed with smart lighting, and you deserve the better quality of life that smart lighting can offer.
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