A Guide To The SMART HOME

Connected Lights

Smart lighting is one of the most desirable aspects of the smart home. You can light and dim any room in the house just by using your smartphone to create the perfect ambience.


Choose the Right Connected Lighting

It’s cool to control lights through an app, but in the long-run you’ll want lights that do the work for you. Whether you’re choosing something for a gift or for your own home, look for lights that go beyond simple remote control to keep your home more secure and efficient.

Connected lighting comes in several options including smart bulbs, smart plugs and smart switches.

This device screws into an existing lamp like a traditional bulb and it's ready to be connected to your system.
This device plugs into a wall socket; you plug your lamp (or any other device, such as a radio) into it. They can be remotely controlled and also automated to turn your lamp on and off.
These are very similar to smart plugs, but installed into your wall in place of your old light switch. These can provide the best experience both aesthetically and functionally.

*Depending on the type of lighting solution you purchase, you may need a hub as a part of the kit to make everything work together. When doing your research, make sure you get all the necessary components.


Smart Lighting: Benefits and Uses

Smart lighting offers a number of different benefits and uses. Here are some of the most popular:

Security

Smart lighting is a valuable way to give your home a lived-in look, even when you’re out of town. To make it more realistic, your smart lights should run on a dynamic schedule to conceal the fact you’re automating. With sunrise and sunset options and even variable times throughout the day and the week, some smart lights can manage it all for you.

Save Energy

With the right smart lights you can find easy opportunities to reduce your monthly energy costs. You’ll want lights that offer scheduling features and work with other devices in the home. With a smart home platform you can create triggers that automatically control lights as you come and go.

For example, you can personalize your home so when you close the front door on the way to work, your lights automatically turn off for savings.

Real Automation

The key to better security and energy savings with smart lighting is a smart home platform. This platform, which can power every smart home device from your thermostat to your alarm panel, can translate a wealth of in-home intelligence to your lighting. This enables your lights to act on triggers including motion sensors, your smartphone location, a programmed schedule – even a smoke alarm. It’s the difference between ‘connected’ and truly smart.

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