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Be smart with lighting

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Light bulb technology has come a long way since the days of Thomas Edison and we think he’d be rather proud. Today’s bulbs last longer, use far less energy and some even have smart capabilities that can modernize your home in exciting new ways.

Smart lighting is lighting technology designed for enhanced energy efficiency and convenience. Have you ever imagined controlling your lights with your voice, having a setting for watching movies or programming the lights to turn on as you come home? This is all possible with the right smart lighting setup.

Best of all, these smart solutions can save some serious energy. They include high-efficiency fixtures and automated controls, which make adjustments based on occupancy or available daylight. They can even connect to other smart home devices. There are a variety of factors when it comes to choosing the right setup for your home; here are a few to consider:

Know your options
There are a number of options when it comes to smart lighting, with different levels of functionality depending on your price point and how elaborate you want your setup to be.

  • Smart bulbs are an advanced option, and typically connect to a wireless hub. This gives you the ability to remotely turn the lights on or off, change their color, control dimming and set advanced schedules.
  • Smart plugs offer a simpler, plug-and-play option. With a smart plug, you can turn an existing lamp or regular bulb into a light source that you can control from anywhere. Some even allow you to track energy use.
  • Smart switches allow you to control your lights from the wall switch with the added benefits of app-based control, power-saving features and advanced scheduling.

Make a connection
Many smart lighting options use products that allow convenient control through your phone, tablet or other connected devices such as Amazon Alexa®, Google Home Mini®, or Siri®. Just be sure to check compatibility before you buy. Once you’re all set up, phrases like “Alexa, turn on the living room lights,” or “Hey Siri, set the lights to movie mode” may become commonplace in your home. 

Before you buy
It’s important to remember not all bulbs work with all systems, so be sure to check that your preferred options play well together. As far as price goes, it varies based on the brand and different types of equipment. But generally, making the switch to smart lighting isn’t cheap, especially if you’re looking to upgrade your whole home. If a large upfront cost is outside your budget, you can take smaller steps by installing smart lighting in just a few places at first.

A bright new world
Whether you take the full plunge, or just dip your toes into the world of smart lighting, it’s exciting to know these options exist. From a single switch, to a full-on system of smart bulbs, you’ve got a whole new way to connect with your home and control your lighting and your energy costs.