A lightbulb moment for the smart home
From brightness and colour-changing lights to bulbs you can switch off from anywhere in the world via your smartphone, there’s a smart lighting solution designed to suit every home.
Smart bulbs can be used to create schedules and timers remotely, create ambience in a room and even help you sleep.
According to recent research from OnePoll, on behalf of Smart Home Week, over a quarter of Brits want a smart bulb in their home that allows them to customise their lighting as well as scheduling and controlling use remotely. What’s more, with over a third stating comfort and convenience as a leading driver for smart home adoption, it’s no surprise smart lighting is a popular entry point that’s helping kick start smart homes across the UK.
Are you considering an upgrade to your homes lighting but are unsure of where to start? Here, Smart Home Week has put together some simple advice, so you know what to look for when bringing your smart home to light.
Which bulbs to buy
When it comes to smart light bulbs, there are three kinds to consider: standard bulbs, candle bulbs and spotlights. Standard bulbs come with E27 or bayonet fittings, candle bulbs with small screw fittings, and spotlight bulbs most commonly use GU10 fittings. Make sure you check the fitting is compatible with your property before purchasing!
Next, decide if you want white or colour changing bulbs? White bulbs can be dimmed to change the atmosphere in your home and closely resemble the traditional incandescent light bulbs. Colour changing quite simply does what it says on the tin and offers a range of colour options to illuminate your home.
To control smart lighting, some have all components in-built, whereas other will require a home hub. Once installed and connected this will allow you to control the bulbs via a smartphone or tablet, enabling you to switch lights on or off remotely, change colour setting and set schedules.
Switch on with spoken commands
Smart lighting systems aren’t just controllable with smartphone or tablet apps either. For example, Smart Home Week sponsor, Philips Hue’s system can integrate with Apple’s HomeKit, Amazon’s Echo and Google Home. This means that you can use voice commands such as “Alexa, turn on the lights” and “Hey Google set the scene to movie night” with a single spoken command.
With smart lighting you can tailor solutions to suit you, your home and family’s needs at the touch of a button. Begin with a single standalone bulb or integrate as part of a complete smart home system – the choice is yours.
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*An Independent market research survey of 2000 adults completed by OnePoll on behalf of Smart Home Week. The study covered knowledge and attitudes towards the smart home and its future