Technology moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.
Ferris Bueller was actually referring to life, but the same could be said for technology, especially when it applies to smart home devices, specifically lighting. If you feel like you haven’t taken the time to stop and look at smart lighting solutions, their uses and types, we have some information for you right here.
When most people refer to smart lighting, they are talking about intelligent bulbs that can be connected to a home or remote network and controlled via a phone app, a central control panel or a voice assistant - like an Amazon® Alexa or Google Home® speaker. Wireless control allows a homeowner to remotely manage a wide variety of lighting functions, including brightness, color, on/off timing and other functionality the bulb offers, like a built-in speaker, video camera, or Wi-Fi range extender.
Other types of bulbs, although they do not offer wireless control or functionality, some other types of bulbs are often included in the smart bulb category because they offer highly useful functionality beyond the standard light bulb. These include motion-detection bulbs, day/night bulbs, battery back-up bulbs and delayed-off units..
While the range of benefits seems to constantly expand, there are some key features present in every smart bulb that can make our lives just a little brighter:
- Energy efficiency – lighting systems use light-emitting diodes, or LEDs, as opposed to traditional incandescent. According to the Department of Energy, LEDs use about 75 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs and last 25 times longer.
- Convenience – Smart bulbs are easy to use by controlling on/off functions through a phone app. Some take convenience even further with built-in motion sensors that turn the lights on automatically or pair with voice-enabled devices. With these only voice commands are needed adjust your lighting.
- Enhanced functionality – Smart bulbs may be very distinct from one another and provide different benefits but one thing they all have in common is they offer capabilities above and beyond traditional light bulbs.