What is and Why do I need Smart Lighting?

Posted by Janine Lam on

Woman controlling smart lighting from smartphone app

Smart lighting is one of the best ways to get your feet wet into smart home automation, but what exactly is it and why is it worth upgrading to smart lighting?

What is Smart Lighting?

Smart lighting is any lighting that can be remotely controlled through an app on your smartphone or mobile device. Smart lighting is a smart home category that encompasses many different lighting options:

Smart Light Bulbs

Smart light bulbs are usually LED bulbs, but can come in many different shapes and sizes. Some smart light bulbs have the ability to produce full spectrum of colors (up to 16 million) in varying levels of brightness all from the app on your smartphone. It lets you create the perfect ambiance depending on your mood. 

Smart Lighting Panels

Smart lighting panels are modular lighting panels that can be controlled from the app on your smartphone. The modular panels can be arranged in any shape or style that you want and can change color according to your preferences, letting you add your personal flair to any room at the touch of a button. 

Smart LED Light Strips

Smart LED light strips are a ribbon of LEDs that are pliable, providing a lot of creative options including lighting the perimeter of a room, a walkway, or even underneath your kitchen cabinets. You can control the color of the LED light strip and literally paint the room any shade you want. 

Smart Switches

Smart switches are light switches that let you turn on or off lighting from anywhere in the world from the app on your smartphone. This allows you to remotely control your lighting in case you forget to turn off the lights on your way out, or create the illusion that you're home even if you're not. 

Smart Dimmers

Smart dimmers are light dimmers that can be remotely controlled and scheduled to dim to your preferred level of brightness according to your schedule. Smart dimmers can gradually turn on the lights as you wake up, or gradually dim the lights as you prepare for bed.

Why do I need Smart Lighting?

You might be wondering if upgrading to smart lighting is the worth the initial cost, so we've laid out the top reasons why we think it's a worthwhile investment: 

Creating the Perfect Ambiance

When you picture a romantic candlelight dinner or a bright, invigorating office space, the difference is in the lighting. Lighting can play a big role in creating the perfect ambiance and with smart lighting, you can change the mood of a room at the touch of a button on your smartphone without having to change anything else. 

Energy Efficiency

The simple concept of turning off the lights when you leave a room is idealistic, but not always realistic. Some smart lighting are equipped with motion sensors, so your lights aren't left on when no one is in the room. 

Automation

Though it may seem trivial, you adjust your lighting throughout the day from breakfast to dinnertime to bedtime. Smart lighting helps you automate these tasks by scheduling your lighting to turn on or off at a preset time, or adjusting to the perfect brightness for movie night. You can also pair your smart lighting with your voice assistant, so you can control your lighting, even if your hands are full. 

Home Security

Smart lighting can help you deter burglars by turning on or off your lighting, whenever or wherever you are in the world from your app on your smartphone. You can set your lights to turn on at a schedule time or anytime at the touch of a button, giving the illusion that you're home even when you're not.

Fun

Let's admit it - being able to paint your room any shade you want at the touch of a button is just plain fun.


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