A smart lighting system is one aspect of the Internet of Things (IoT) as it’s a network of electric devices connected through the Internet.
Smart home lighting allows a smart homeowner to control the lights through an app on a smart device. Investing in a modern home lighting system for a smart home is very beneficial to a homeowner. Some of the smart lighting systems are Philips Hue, LIFX, Crompton Smart, and OSRAM Lightify. Modern technology allows smart home systems like google home and Amazon Alexa, to operate compatibly with smart home lighting, for example, the use of voice commands to control home lighting.
How Smart home lighting works
Like other home automation, smart lighting provides an efficient way to manage home lighting. Smart lighting involves smart bulbs and switches which have built-in wireless technology, a central hub providing a central control location and wifi network, and an app installed in a smart device. App installed is used to add features such as dimming the lights, schedule lighting based on your lifestyle, and remote control of lights from anywhere.
Benefits of Smart home lighting system
A smart lighting system allows a homeowner to:
- Control lights remotely
Controlling smart home lighting can be done by using wall sockets, a voice command or a smartphone, or a tablet. A smart homeowner can control lighting in the house by switching lights on or off using a voice or the touch of a button on a smart device even when they are not at home.
- Create different lighting themes
Smart home lighting systems allow someone to create different lighting themes like warm or dim scenes around the house through the smart light dimmer. A homeowner can adjust the brightness, temperature or change the color of light bulbs.
- Schedule lighting
Smart lighting systems allow one to program lights to turn on or off at specific times, lights up when someone approaches through motion sensors, triggers other devices like spotlights, or even sends motion alerts to smart devices. Scheduling lighting helps to put off potential burglars or illuminate the sidewalk as you pass.
- Cost efficiency
Most smart lighting uses LED bulbs which use less energy to light. LED light bulbs help save on electricity bills making thus cost-effective.
- Home Decor
Decorate your home by using smart home lighting to transforms any room regardless of your skills or budget. They are easy to use and install and bring great ambiance to any room.
- Light as notification
Lighting can be used as a signal in a smart home. Smart lighting systems can be programmed to blink or change to a different color when someone knocks, there is a doorbell, or to signal when you have a new text or email.
What to consider when thinking of smart home lighting
One of the biggest influences on our well-being is lighting, thus, one consideration in home automation. Things to consider are;
Different lighting sources. These include task lighting specific to the task carried out and at different parts of a room. Ambient lighting provides uniform lighting in the whole room and accent lighting that is used for decoration or for drawing attention to a specific place or art in a room.
The type of lighting whether indoor or outdoor smart lighting and lighting design suitable for all occasions. Getting this right during the design stages of your smart home reduces the extra cost required for smart home automation.
Use light control systems at home for your safety, security, and convenience. With your smart device, you can put lights on or off and get them to change color, dim, or blink.