Smart Lighting - What Is It?
Using smart home technology, smart lighting automates and remotely controls your home's lights. Using WiFi-connected smart bulbs as an alternative to traditional light bulbs, smart lighting makes managing your home's lighting easier and more energy-efficient.
Traditionally, lights are turned on and off with a wall switch or lamp. An app on your phone can control smart lighting, or you can set it to automatically turn on and off. Having access to your lights from anywhere gives you more options than merely using the "on" and "off" buttons.
The Top Benefits of Smart Lighting
Smart lighting is a fun feature to have, but it also has many practical advantages, including:
Convenience via Home Automation
Home automation has changed with the times. Controlling your lights is easier when you upgrade your home with smart lighting. When your hands are full with things, or you are not close to a light switch, hands-free control lets you turn the lights on and off with your voice. When you're in another room (or even another city), you can turn your lights on or off remotely with your phone thanks to home automation technology.
Maintaining safety and security
Your home can also benefit from smart lighting when it comes to security and safety. In a recent survey, it was reported that burglars were often deterred by homes that were well-lit. Many of them stated that well-lighted homes were a deterrent and that lighting in the home helped prevent burglaries. Controlling your lights remotely or scheduling them for automatic on/off while you're away can help increase the security of your home.
Savings on energy
Energy can be saved in a variety of ways when using smart lighting. It's common for us to leave our house on any given day without turning off every light in the house, which is a waste of energy. Or, you may have purposefully left a few lights on while you were traveling for a period of time. Smart lighting gives you the advantage of automated lighting, and you can remotely turn off any lights you might have forgotten about using remote control. As an extra energy-saving feature, smart lights operate with LED lightbulbs, which are 75% more efficient and last 25 percent longer than incandescent light.
The Possibilities Are Endless When It Comes to Smart Lighting!
Make Your Lighting Unique
It is possible to create custom room groups using a smart lighting system, such as "family room," "downstairs lights," or "hallway lights" for ease of control. As an example, if you do not like coming downstairs to the kitchen in the morning when it is dark, you can create groups for stairway and kitchen lights that turn lights on at a designated time in the morning and for certain days of the week.
The next way to customize your lighting is by creating schedules based on your habits. Set your bedroom light to turn on automatically to help you wake up naturally in the morning. While you're away from home, schedule different room groups to turn on and off at certain times so that your home is always well-lit.
The brightness of your lights can also be customized. For instance, your dining room may need softer lighting, or your kitchen may need brighter lighting.
Integrating Smart Home Technologies
When part of a complete smart home, smart lighting integrates with other home components. Here are some examples of what you can do with smart home technology:
- When you unlock your front door or turn off your security system, your entryway lights will automatically turn on.
- When your outdoor camera detects motion, create a rule that automatically turns on exterior lights.
- Whenever you arm your security system remotely, turn off all lights inside the house.
- Upon locking your front door smart lock, your lights turn off and the security system is activated simultaneously.
These are just a few of the many conveniences that smart home technology offers!
Holiday Decorating Enhancements
Before you know it, Halloween will be here! Smart lighting can enhance your holiday lighting style and help set a festive mood. Here are some suggestions:
Halloween Smart Lighting
- When you're getting ready for trick-or-treaters, swap out your porch bulbs for colored ones, such as orange or purple.
- Make your haunted house even spookier by using dimmers and a variety of bulb colors to create the perfect atmosphere without having to install dimmer switches.
- Use your smart lighting to illuminate jack-o-lanterns, poseable ghosts and ghouls, and other decorations on your windows.
Get Started With Smart Lighting Today
The convenience of being able to manage your lights wherever you are makes smart lighting a fantastic option for any home. If you want to switch to smart lighting and living, contact a Johns Brothers Security expert today for a free quote at 1-800-242-9760!