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Indoor Smart Lighting Guide

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What is Smart Lighting?

Smart lights are energy-efficient LEDs that allow you to take control using an app on your smartphone or with voice commands. For voice control, you’ll need a smart speaker or display. You’re also quite likely to require a third-party hub for remote control and interoperability.

What do you want from smart lighting?

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.

Types Of Indoor Smart Lighting

Smart lighting can be cleaved into 3 main categories, each delivering separate outcomes:

Smart Bulbs
Smart Bulbs
Smart Switches
Smart Switches
Smart Plugs
Smart Plugs
Voice Assistants
Voice Assistants
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Smart Bulbs

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 uprate the lighting throughout the whole house while enjoying interoperability with other smart tech would be better off considering smart switches…

  • LIFX LED Light Bulb, A19

    $49.99

    List Price: $59.99

    Your Savings: $10.00

    $259.96

    List Price: $319.96

    Your Savings: $60.00

    • Each
    • 4-Pack

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  • Google Smart Light Starter Kit

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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).

  • Insteon Smart Dimmer Switch

    $237.45

    List Price: $249.95

    Your Savings: $12.50

    • Each
    • 5-Pack

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  • Wemo Wi-Fi Smart Light Switch

    $39.99

    List Price: $49.99

    Your Savings: $10.00

    $75.99

    List Price: $94.99

    Your Savings: $19.00

    • Each
    • 2-Pack

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  • Lutron Caseta Wireless Dimmer

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Smart Plugs

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.

  • Insteon Plug-In Dimmer Module

    $237.45

    List Price: $249.95

    Your Savings: $12.50

    • Each
    • 5-Pack

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  • Lutron Caseta Plug-in Dimmer

    $47.95

    List Price: $64.00

    Your Savings: $16.05

    $54.95

    List Price: $75.00

    Your Savings: $20.05

    • Each
    • with Pico Remote

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  • Amazon Smart Plug

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Do you need a hub?

If you only plan to use a single smart bulb, you might not need a home hub depending on which ecosystem you invest into.

For more robust control, you’ll need a smart home hub.

Why is this?

Well, despite such advances in technology over the past decade, there’s still no unified standard for smart devices. Manufacturers use a range of communication protocols. From Zigbee and Z-Wave to Insteon and WiFi, you need a home hub so you can ensure all your devices communicate through a central hub.

Voice-Assistants & Indoor Smart Lighting
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  • Amazon Alexa
  • Google Assistant
  • Apple Siri

Alexa’s main rival, Google Assistant comes baked into Google Home smart speakers and the rebranded Google Nest Hub smart displays.

You’ll get deeper search and comparable compatibility so Google Assistant remains a strong choice.

If you’re looking for room-filling sound, Google Home Max is a show-stopper.

Benefits of Indoor Smart Lighting
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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 with smart 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 by scheduling your lights in line with your schedule.

Integrate your smart lighting with all the other connected kit in your home. Use your lighting to trigger other actions in your smart home. Go up to bed with the downstairs lights dimming in your wake and your path upstairs nicely illuminated.

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Efficiency
Smart lighting works efficiently to save you money while making your life easier at the same time. A combination of motion-activated lighting and scheduling could save you money month on month.
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Security
You can make your home safer with smart lighting. Whether you use Away Mode to keep burglars away or you surround your house with outdoor security lighting, smart lights are about more than saving money and making your life easy: they can protect you from burglary, too.
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Convenience
Create mood lighting at the push of a button or with a simple voice command. Dim the lights mid-movie without getting up. Come back from work to a fully illuminated home. Do all this and more with smart lighting.
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Seamless Integration
The best smart home is fully interconnected so weave your lighting into your ecosystem. Check for compatibility before purchase then take full advantage of using your lights in tandem with your other tech.
Do you need indoor smart lighting?

Be honest about your needs long before you whip out your credit card. Let’s face it, smart lighting is not for everybody.

If you have no other connected devices and you’re perfectly happy switching your lights on and off manually, smart lighting is not for you.

For anyone looking to save money while making life easier and enjoying greater versatility of mood lighting, there’s no substitute for smart lights.

All that remains is to double down on which form of smart lighting makes the best fit for you.

HAVE QUESTIONS?
FAQs About Indoor Smart Lighting
  • What is smart lighting?
  • How do I set up a smart bulb?
  • How does a smart bulb work?
  • What’s the lifespan for a smart bulb?
  • What can I do with smart bulbs?
  • Are smart bulbs multicolored?
  • Will smart lights fit into my fixtures?
  • What sort of energy savings can I generate with smart lighting?
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