What is smart lighting?

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Over the last 5 years, smart lighting has really become a more common feature in the family home. With Philips entering the market with their Hue bulbs, and even IKEA entering the smart home market, this is a technology that most households are excited to adopt.

With the main benefit clearly being energy efficiency, smart lighting is the first step to many families home automation journey.

What is smart lighting?

Smart lighting is something you can control with an app, remote control or even voice command if you have an Alexa or Google Home device. Like most items that are smart, smart lightbulbs are operated by using the Wi-Fi in your home. If you install a more advanced home automation system, such as Control4, you can really start exploring some more advanced features that learn your habits, including occupancy settings.

While it was once a simple case of on and off, smart lighting allows you to change the brightness of the bulb, and many of them offer the chance to change the colour too, due to them containing coloured LEDs.

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What are the benefits of smart lighting? 

Putting aside the convenience of controlling your lighting from wherever you are in the world, the are other less obvious benefits to smart lighting.

Energy efficiency

LED bulbs are known to last much longer and use less energy, add in smart features and they last even longer without leaving lights on in unoccupied rooms. Whilst you’ll be paying a larger upfront costs, you’ll quickly recoup those costs and save money in the long run.

You can read more about how home automation can make you more energy efficient here.

Automation

Smart lighting can be programmed individually or grouped together, depending on the home automation technology you install, the features can become more advanced.

More advanced features includes lighting that can be put on to automatic timers to come on and off at certain times or dim and brighten at others. While this can be done with some smart bulbs, this happens without any assistance and can even turn on when you enter a room, before switching off when you leave.

What’s great about these systems is they provide a heightened level of security, as it’ll always look like someone is at home if they turn on and off at intervals. But, can also alert others to someone being in the house if a light comes on – which can also work to detract anyone looking to break in.

With a fully integrated system, it’ll also remove the need for switches, which can create issues with regular smart bulbs if turned on and off by people who don’t know you have a smart bulb. This also goes towards helping the architecture of the home too, as lights, switches and lamps almost become a thing of the past – but this is only a minor bonus.

With smart lighting looking to stay, thanks to the convenience and energy-saving credentials in the log-run, it looks like a smart lighting systems, no matter how big, could be an investment you won’t regret making.

If you’d like to hear more about smart lighting you can contact us on 0800 622 6884 or via email on contactus@nirvanaav.co.uk and someone will get back to you.