Helps you cut
your energy bill

Makes your life at
home a bit more
convenient

Can even ward away
unwanted guests

These lighting systems allow you to control and adjust the brightness of your lights, without your conscious input. Smart lights are ideal for situations when lighting plays a major role, such as in the evening or during parties.

The top 3

There are three main mechanisms for smart home lightning

plug-in

Plug-in, which quite literally allows you to plug-in intelligence to your light, refers to adapters that turn average lights into automated lights. They are best used for one or two rooms at a time.

wire-in

The wire-in mechanism is slightly more complicated, but not much more difficult, and lets you control the lighting in your entire house.

bulbs

The bulb mechanism allows you to remotely control your lights one by one, without a switch.

With smart home lighting, you can save more energy, thus helping both your wallet and the environment. This is because a smart light allows you to determine when exactly your lights will be turned on. If you have already left home and cannot remember if the lights are off, you will not need to physically double back. You can check remotely, even from halfway around the world.

It also helps you increase your home’s security, in that you can turn lights on and off remotely to increase visibility and deter burglars. One of the signs that alerts burglars to an empty house is when all the lights are off. If you are away from home travelling, you can schedule your lights to turn on for an hour or so each day.

CREATIVE OPTIONS

Many diverse and creative smart home lighting options are available

Moreover, many diverse and creative smart home lighting options are available in different brightness levels and shades. Some even change colors or flash in patterns. Other sophisticated options give you control over your ceiling fan as well. Even more, you can use timers, set schedules and check energy usage from afar. There are a variety of different lighting systems designed to appeal to homeowners who like to entertain, are sensitive to bright lights or like to conserve energy.

There are also many different ways to control your lighting via smart home technology. For example, you can install noise-controlled lights that respond to clapping or specific words. With this system, you no longer need to get out of bed to turn off the lights.

Smart lighting systems are either sensor-integrated or non-sensor integrated. With sensors, the system can capture data and use the smart lighting program to set specific parameters for lights. On the other hand, non-sensor systems require you to program them. You can schedule the lights to turn on and off whenever you would like, such as when your alarm goes off in the morning. Other examples of smart light control options include:

Touch

using a touchpad, light switch or other sort of control panel

Motion

sensors that can detect when people enter a room

Remote

change the light settings without you having to move

Smartphone

control the system directly from your smartphone or tablet

Computer

advanced control mechanisms through a plug-in interface, USB or Wi-Fi

Tip #1:

Begin with smart light switches

Smart light switches tend to cost around $50. In contrast, starter packs that include two light bulbs cost around $70. Because you are not replacing the actual light bulb, smart light switches work for all light bulbs. You also can customize your house to control specific bulbs.

Overall, these switches remove the need to manually click your light switch. They can even be synced to artificial intelligence programs like Siri, Alexa and Cortana. Without replacing any equipment, you can perform an easy software upgrade to make your appliances compatible with a virtual voice assistant program.

Tip #2:

Focus on one room at a time

Many people get distracted trying to diversify their entire home. Focusing on one room at a time lets you master the room before moving onto others. Managing your lighting system is less complicated if you take the time to fully understand the smart lighting process. Mastering one room at a time teaches you lighting intricacies and best practices. It is both easier and quicker to set up an entire room, rather than individual pieces of multiple rooms.

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