Smart Home Lighting Guide
The idea of “smart homes” have been floating around for a few years now, but, many still wonder if a smart home can really provide benefits they are looking for. While the idea of a full home automation may seem daunting, there are still ways to incorporate in smart technology to make your life easier, without feeling like your home is part of The Jetsons. One simple way is to weave in smart home lighting. In this guide we walk you through some of the basics of smart home lighting, including its benefits and how smart home lighting can help your home work harder for you.
Why Smart Home Lighting is Worth the Investment
Whether it’s a smart plug, smart light switch, or even smart home bulbs—you’ve probably seen the elements of smart home lighting systems pop-up everywhere lately. But is it worth it to invest in a smart home light system? Here are a few things worth considering before you make the leap into a smart home light system.
Smart Lighting Cost Savings
Smart home bulbs use LED bulbs that have the ability to connect to software. This software works with apps and smart home systems to make lighting in your home more convenient. But there are also several other benefits to LED bulbs.
Compared to incandescent light bulbs that release 90 percent heat, smart home LED bulbs use less heat, therefore less energy, to light a space. This makes smart home bulbs more energy efficient and eco-friendly. It also makes the easier to handle and less likely to burn you.
LEDs are also more effective at lighting certain areas. This is because LEDs in smart home bulbs emit light in a specific direction. That means no need for a diffuser or other reflecting device.
Overall, using LED bulbs alone, instead of incandescent lighting, can save you money in the long run by using at least 75% less energy, and lasting about 25 times longer.
Smart Lighting for Home Automation
Another way to save money with a smart home lighting system is through home automation. Smart home bulbs, smart home plugs, and smart home light switches all work together to give you home automation options that can make life more convenient while saving on the electricity bill.
A smart home plug allows you to connect everyday appliances to a smart hub. You can then typically use this hub to control the device. Most often, smart home plugs will also track how much electricity the appliance is using, which can be valuable information for people trying to save energy.
Smart home light bulbs have slightly different features. They can still connect to a central hub and allow you to power them on or off through your mobile device, but they also have the added benefit of dimming. Both smart home plugs and smart home light bulbs allow you to set schedules so your lights or devices can be shut off automatically or turn on at certain times of the day or night. You can also set your smart light bulbs to dim as it gets closer to bedtime.
Smart home light switches can be a little more complicated and require some wiring, but they also help bring everything together. One of their standout features is that often, in order for home automation to work with a standard light switch, the light switch has to be set to on. Unfortunately, this can be a waste of energy and it's’ all too easy to forget this or have a guest over that turns the switch off, thus negating the home automation benefits. Smart home light switches help address this problem because, unlike standard light switches they do not need to be left in the “On” position to work.
Smart Home Lighting Ideas
There are many ways to take advantage of a smart home lighting system. Beyond some of the everyday ideas mentioned above, smart home lighting systems are also great around the holidays. You can program all of your holiday lights to go on and off at certain times of day.
You can also use smart home plugs for devices that slowly drain your electricity—this could include things like toasters, microwaves, and laptops. When connected to a smart home plug, you can shut off power to these devices when you’re not at home. Or use smart home plugs to control your kid’s device time, manage the temperature in your home, and get a head start on cooking dinner.
Tips to Maximize your Smart Lights Usefulness
To get the most use out of your smart home lighting system, you might want to consider connecting it to a voice assistant like Google Voice or Alexa. The more of these hubs you have, the easier it will be to control devices in different rooms.
It’s also worth noting that there are a number of different brands that make smart home bulbs, smart home plugs, and smart home light switches. Often, these devices come with their own app. To keep things simple, it’s best to pick one brand and stick with it. This way, you aren’t trying to manage multiple apps.
Finally, you might experiment with different smart home hubs and control centers to see which one works best for you.
Smart home lighting systems can be an innovative way to add convenience to your life and save on electricity. Just be sure to find the right system to fit your needs. If you’re working with a new home builder, ask them about their smart home features to get the most out of your home.
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