19 Nov / 2016

Smart Lighting: The Future of Home Lighting

We’ve seen a gradual yet dramatic shift from analog home appliances and fixtures to the fully interconnected home of the future through the Internet of Things. Light bulbs and lighting solutions aren’t spared from this ongoing revolution. More and more households have ditched the antiquated, wasteful, and expensive incandescent and fluorescent lighting solutions we all are accustomed to.

Just like intelligent appliances such as thermostats and remote controls that can be controlled remotely via Bluetooth through smartphones, the same is becoming the norm for our lighting systems – they are designed to be the best way to control your lighting for maximum efficiency and economy.

It goes without mentioning that there will naturally be a dearth of choices out there in the market today – after all, smart lightbulbs are fast becoming a fixture in our homes.

So why are smart lighting solutions taking over? What is their place in our homes? Why should we even consider buying them? Which ones should we consider?

These questions, and more, are what we aim to explain further through this article. Let’s get right to them!

1. Automated Brightness Control

The days of dimmer switches (which can be expensive) are over – all you will need to do is to install smart lightbulbs in all your lighting fixtures such as your lamps, shades, and even your chandeliers for easy control with a smartphone app.

2. Remote-Controlled Goodness

Belkin and GE, among other manufacturers, have devised smart lightbulbs that can be controlled wherever you are, as long as you have the corresponding app to do so – perfect for those long vacations when your home looks totally empty.

3. Mood Lighting in an Instant

We’ve talked about mood lighting and dimming in an instant, but what about changing colors in a snap? Philips and Flux Smart have devised lightbulbs that can turn into millions of colors at one tap. Amplify the mood you want to express with all these colors in just a millisecond.

4. The Perfect Ambience with Music? Yes, You Can

If the first 3 weren’t reasons enough for you to invest in smart lighting solutions, perhaps this one will – they can even play music thanks to their built-in speakers. This will increase the value of your home. Do you want to make the perfect mix of light and sound for your party? Then the smart lightbulb is definitely made for you.

5. Sleep Well with Lighting

Light is a fundamental director of sleep patterns; bright lights will affect melatonin production and hence may disrupt your sleep patterns, but choosing a soothing, relaxing and sleep-promoting color temperature can do just as much as total darkness when trying to catch your beauty sleep. More and more lightbulbs have taken advantage of this feature, given the fact that more and more people have started to work in shifting schedules – this feature is perfect for night shift workers and night owls who absolutely need good sleep in the mornings and afternoons.

In Summation

It’s obvious that smart lighting solutions are the way of the future. They are a testament to the intelligence and resourcefulness of humans when it comes to researching and developing new technologies to make life easier for all of us who live in this planet – and in turn, reduce the carbon footprint we all desperately need to do to ensure the planet’s survival in the face of numerous challenges it has been burdened with.