A smart lighting system is one of the simplest and most affordable ways to bring smart technology into the home. In this summarised FAQ, we will be taking a look at the basics of smart lighting and the potential benefits of a smart lighting system.
What Is Smart Lighting?
The term ‘smart lighting’ applies to a wide variety of devices and controllers, combined to create an exceptionally versatile and easy-to-use home lighting system. Smart light bulbs, smart switches, mobile apps, voice assistants are just a few devices bracketed within the smart lighting category.
With a smart home lighting system installed, you can control everything from the brightness of the illumination to the colour and hue of the light emitted. Aswell as this you can also control your home’s lighting system remotely via a connected smartphone app, which can be used to create the preferred lighting themes at the touch of a button.
What are the Differences between Centralised and Wireless Smart Lighting?
Where a new home is built or extensively renovated and the smart lighting system is built into its framework, this is referred to as a centralised smart lighting system. The system is connected with a central controller, used to access and adjust the various features available.
Wireless lighting is the most common choice for retro-fitting where the home’s existing light switches and fixtures are replaced with smart alternatives. After which, the system can be controlled remotely using a smartphone, tablet PC, voice assistant or a standard remote control.
What Can a Smart Lighting System Do?
The short answer is pretty much everything as far as illumination is concerned; you could program your system to automatically turn specific lights on and off at certain times of day or night. Motion detectors could be incorporated to automatically activate and deactivate lights when a person is present.
You can also experiment with an endless variety of brightness, tone, colour and hue settings in order to create the perfect mood for any occasion. Plus, if you are away from home and may have accidentally left a light on, you can check via your mobile device and switch it off remotely.
What Does a Smart Lighting System Look Like?
What is great about a well-designed smart lighting system is the way in which it can be surprisingly discreet. The system as a whole can be customised to match the décor of your home, fronted by sleek and sophisticated control panels and switches.
Smart lighting fixtures can be designed to look like any type of conventional lighting fixture, from the latest LED fittings to those with a more traditional aesthetic.
How Do I Use a Smart Lighting System?
When a smart lighting system has been installed, it can be interacted with in a number of ways; using a corresponding remote control, connecting your mobile device to your lighting controller or using a voice assistant.
There is no real learning curve involved when making the switch to smart lighting as the best devices on the market are designed to be as simple as possible. All settings can be adjusted at the touch of a button, with pre-set themes and moods available for added convenience.
What Are the Benefits of Smart Lighting?
Upgrading to smart lighting is about more than equipping your home with a neat gadget. Installing a smart lighting system at home can also bring the following benefits:
- Security – smart lighting can be used to create a lighting schedule for while you are away, deterring would-be intruders from targeting your home.
- Energy efficiency – a good smart lighting system can also significantly boost energy efficiency and reduce energy consumption for lower energy bills.
- Simplicity – the more of your lighting requirements and preferences you automate, the less time you have to spend making manual adjustments.
- Remote control – from anywhere in the world and at any time, you can check on your home’s lighting system status and control its various features.
Smart lighting is about taking greater control over your home’s lighting system than ever before, all with the added benefit of improved energy efficiency and a limitless range of lighting fixture styles.
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