Do you want to save money by using less electricity and by spending less on bulbs over time?
Do you like the idea of using your smartphone to control your lighting?
How about using voice control?
Is smart lighting something you want for the whole house or just a few rooms?
Do you want to use smart lighting in conjunction with other smart devices?
Take your time with our guide, focus on these elements and you’ll find that best smart lighting solution for you. Keep it personal.
Smart lighting can be cleaved into 3 main categories, each delivering separate outcomes:
Smart Bulbs A classic smart bulb is the easiest entry point to smart lighting.
Plug-and-play in its simplicity, all you need to do is replace your conventional bulb with a new, energy-efficient LED. Download the app and follow instructions on-screen.
You may or may not require a home hub as outlined above.
If you want the convenience of controlling one or two bulbs in your home remotely, smart bulbs would make a good fit. They also work well if you have no other smart devices nor any real interest in whole-house automation.
For anyone looking to up rate the lighting throughout the whole house while enjoying interoperability with other smart tech would be better off considering smart switches
While you might need to call in an electrician and you probably need a neutral wire, smart switches make the most cost-effective solution for smart lighting in all rooms.
You’ll typically need a home hub as outlined above and you can take control in all the same ways as smart bulbs (in-app, by voice control, using a keypad or a physical switch).
A smart plug allows you to uprate an otherwise dumb appliance and take remote control.
If you have lamps throughout the house and you’re tired of grasping for those trailing switches, opt for a smart plug and you won’t need to.
An inbuilt advantage of smart plugs is the way you can control more than just lighting. Plug in a small fan or heater, even a coffee machine. Get creative and enjoy smart lighting along with muich, much more.
With smart lighting, you proactively seize control of the energy consumption in your house. A combination of optimized usage through automation and improved bulb lifespan can save you up to 10% on your power bills.
Make it look like you’re at home even if you’re on the other side of the world withsmart lighting. You can also use outdoor smart lighting to further enhance security in your connected home.
Whether you control your lighting in-app on your phone or using voice control,there’s no need to get out of your seat with smart lighting. Make things even easier byscheduling your lights in line with your schedule.
Integrate your smart lighting with all the other connected kit in your home. Use yourlighting to trigger other actions in your smart home. Go up to bed with the downstairs lightsdimming in your wake and your path upstairs nicely illuminated.
Smart lighting is just like regular lighting except you can take control remotely. Whether you choose to use an app on your smartphone or voice control along with a digital assistant,smart lighting is a flexible solution.
Aside from the convenience angle, you can save perhaps 10% on your utility bills by automating and optimizing lighting. Save your wallet while making your home truly smart and energy-efficient.
- Smart plugs allow you to smarten up old, dumb appliances
- A smart bulb is a plug-and-play entry point to smart lighting with the cost of bulbs constantly falling
- If you go all-in with smart switches, you can create intelligent lighting across the whole house.
Setting up a smart bulb couldn’t be easier...
All you need to do is remove your existing bulb and slide in the new LED. It will instantly function just like a regular bulb.
To access the smarts, you need access to a WiFi network. Some smart bulbs like those from LIFX allow you to connect directly to your home network.No bridge or home hub is required. With other bulbs, you’ll need to connect using a thirdparty gateway. Go here for more on home hubs.
So, with WiFi-enabled bulbs like LIFX, plug them in then follow instructions in-app.
If you have bulbs requiring a hub – like Philips Hue with the classic Bridge - connect the hub to your router. With your bulb plugged in, follow instructions in-app and you’ll enjoy remote control in minutes.
For the purposes of control, you have multiple options with smart lighting:
- Smartphone: Use an app on your phone and take the helm from the couch or the beach
- Voice Control: With a smart speaker or smart display in place, use voice commands to manipulate your lighting
- Physical Keypad: With Insteon smart lighting, you can also make use of physical keypads
- Switch: Despite the option of remote control, you’ll also still be freeto use the physical switches throughout your home
Home automation apps allow a smartphone interface to control devices where there’s connection.
A few smart home applications are Insteon, Nest, Honeywell, Ring, Philips Hue, WeMo, and SmartThings.
Using the Insteon Home Automation App requires the Insteon Hub. However, the app makes adding customizablecontrol to your lighting appliances throughout your home. On the app your can remotely control yourentire Insteon network, receive could-based emails and text alerts, run timers, set scenes, and dothis all from your mobile device or apple watch. Insteon also integrates with Alexa, Google and Cortana.
All smart bulbs are LEDs (light emitting diodes) and they last farlonger than the older incandescent bulbs.
Many LEDs come rated for up to 50,000 hours of use. This translates to more thana decade based on 12 hours of daily use.
To put this lifespan into perspective, that’s 50 times longer than incandescent bulbs,20 times longer than halogen bulbs and 10 times longer than CFLs.
The core purpose of smart bulbs is to offer you remote control. Even at this basic level,you’ll find your life getting easier and more convenient.
Throw in an Echo device or Google Home smart speaker and you can take the helm with nothingbut voice commands. This adds a further layer of convenience for all hands-free lovers.
As with all smart devices, though, the beauty comes when you integrate your lighting with other devices in your ecosystem. Come home to work to your path illuminated by motion-activated security lights and step lights down the pathway. Step inside to the lights nicely muted to greet you. As you go up top bed, simply request, “Alexa, turn off the lights downstairs. Turnon the lights upstairs.”
You can also group lighting and create lighting scenes with a tap and a swipe or even using a simple voice command.
If you rent your property on Airbnb, remote access to your lighting can cut down on wasted consumption.
When you’re on vacation, Away Mode makes it look like the house is occupied with randomized lightingto mimic a house full of people.
So, with smart lighting, you make your life easier while ramping up security and using less electricity.
Some bulbs are white only, some offer shades of white, and others provide up to 16 million colors.
Just like traditional lighting, smart lighting comes in different shapes and sizes.
You can also find indoor and outdoor smart lighting.
While many manufacturers brazenly claim you’ll save up to 25% with smart lighting,this is wildly ambitious.
From our experience here at Smarthome, we would suggest savings of 10% are realistic and achievable.
This beautiful dimmer switch is intuitive to use and incredibly flexible to control remotely. Pair the switch to a motion sensor, keypads or other Insteon switches to create virtual 3-way circuits – no hub required. But add an Insteon Hub and you’ll unlock smartphone control, timers, and voice control with the likes of Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Microsoft Cortana.
Dim Lights Like Normal or Remotely Using a Smartphone
- Save money on bills by dimming your lights with this easy-to-install dimmer Switches
- Programmable on-level and fade on/off speed
- Create elegant whole-home lighting scenes in minutes
- Control this dimmer remotely from anywhere via the Insteon Hub
Dimmer and remote for wall and ceiling lights
The Caséta Wireless family of Dimmers and Switches can be controlled directly and remotely when paired with Pico Remote Controls providing a system that delivers convenience and ease of installation.
You — or anyone in your family—can tell Alexa to turn lights on, off, or dim them to your favorite light level. Need to be quiet? Use your Lutron Pico remote for those moments when silence is golden.
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- Control lights from anywhere via the Lutron app (Bridge required)
- Lutron patented Clear Connect RF Technology works through walls and floors
- Install easily in as little as 15 minutes and are an ideal solution, even for older homes, as they do not require a neutral wire
Control and Dim your lights from anywhere
Easily set the ambiance of any room and control your lights from anywhere with Wemo Dimmer. This smart dimmer connects to your existing home Wi-Fi network to provide wireless control of your lights – with no subscription or hub required. From bedroom lights and dining room chandeliers to recessed lighting, Wemo Dimmer can control nearly anything that a traditional dimmer switch can. Whether you're unwinding on the couch, meeting in the boardroom, or vacationing in Barbados, you'll be able to remotely control and dim your home lighting from anywhere.
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- Convenient WiFi technology, no hub required
- Adjustable light levels with convenient control from the app, switch or voice
- Smart timer rules to set schedules or turn devices on or off via sunrise or sunset
Transform any home into a smart home with the in-wall GE Z-Wave Plus Smart Dimmer. The dimmer allows you to wirelessly schedule, control and adjust the brightness of any dimmable wall or ceiling light in your home from anywhere, at any time. The Z-Wave Plus Smart Dimmer provides ultimate flexibility for your home lighting and its full-range dimmability helps cut energy costs while extending the life of bulbs.
Smart Dimmer Switch
- Turn On/Off and adjust dim levels manually or remotely via the Z-Wave controller, (sold separately)
- For use with dimmable LED, CFL, incandescent and halogen bulbs - Full-Range Dimmability: cuts energy costs and extends bulb life
- Up to 50% improved wireless range and energy efficiency over Z-Wave classic product - 250% faster processor and 400% more memory than Z-Wave classic products
Evolve your home's lighting with a brightness level for any room, creating more personalization than ever before. The iDevices Dimmer Switch allows you to control and dim lighting anywhere in your home with your iOS or Android™ device and the free iDevices Connected app. Customize dimming range to prevent low-level bulb flicker and make subtle brightness adjustments with the power of your voice through Siri, Alexa or the Google Assistant.
Wi-Fi Enabled Dimmer Switch
- Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Enabled
- Works with all HomeKit products, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
- Supports Single Pole, 3- and 4-Way Setups
- Multi-Function Rocker