Smart Home – Customise your Lighting
In today’s world, lighting can do so much more than simply illuminating our homes - much more, in fact! Smart lighting is not only highly customisable, it also brings more comfort and convenience to our life. Curious? Read on for more!
The benefits of smart lighting in a nutshell:
Set your lights to come on to a schedule and create a personalised routine
Deter burglars by ensuring the lights are switched on when no one is home
Use voice control to turn your lights on/off with a simple command
Change the colour of your light to suit every mood and situation
Speak to the postman and check on your home when you’re not there - all you need is a smart security light with integrated camera!
What is smart lighting?
In a smart lighting system, all components are connected to each other over WiFi, enabling you to control the lights in your home from your smartphone. In most cases you need a wireless bridge which we will talk about a little more in the upcoming paragraphs.
Which brands have products on the market?
If smart lighting is the right fit for you, check out the following brands of smart lighting systems:
For the functionalities of each smart lighting system, take a look at this table:
Which smart home products are available?
Lamps and lights
All smart home providers offer a variety of great lighting options with built-in LED technology. From pendant lights to floor lamps, you’re sure to find what you’re looking for. Simply browse our selection and get inspired, for example by our lamps by Philips Hue.
If you’d rather keep the light fittings you already have, consider buying smart bulbs to make your lights part of your smart home. This allows your most cherished pieces to be incorporated into the system with functions you could only have dreamed of a few years ago.
Depending on the system, you may need a wireless bridge. This is a device that connects all the components in your smart home system. Philips Hue refers to this as a ‘bridge’, while Osram Smart+ calls it a ‘gateway’. iDual and WiZ products do not require a wireless bridge.
Switches and more accessories
Smart lighting has a lot more to offer. You can get handy dimmer switches, wall switches that you can use on the move, remote controls, motion sensors and much more.
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What control options are available?
If you’re looking for flexibility and versatility in your home, smart lighting is for you. You can adjust your light settings in the following ways:
Smartphones and tablets
With a single swipe of the finger, you can transform a gloomy room into a bright space with a glowing ambience. With your mobile device, it’s easy to try out different options and save your favourite setting for future convenience.
Embrace modern technology and use the voice control function to turn your lights on and off with a simple command. You can choose from Google Home, Amazon Echo or Apple HomeKit. More details can be found in the overview below.
If remote control is your thing, choose a system like iDual or WiZ for maximum convenience.
If you’re a fan of the old-school light switch but want to go smart, you can do so! Simply keep your beloved switches mounted on the wall. Philips Hue and Osram Smart+, for instance, both offer smart wireless switches which can both, be mounted on the wall or carried around in your pocket.
If you want your lights to come on when you enter a room without lifting a finger or saying a word, motion sensors are the perfect fit for you. These devices adjusting the lighting as required when you enter and leave a room or move around inside it. Smart motion sensors are currently available from Osram Smart+ and Philips Hue.
Which smart systems work with voice control?
If you’re confused by which systems offer which functions, we’ve created this overview to help you out. If you have further questions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our specialists. You can find their contact information below.
Are there intelligent lights that have a camera?
If you want a light that’s a real jack-of-all-trades, take a look at these intelligent outdoor lights with integrated camera which send a live stream of what’s happening in front your door to your app. Your smartphone is then able to let you know if the postman is at your door; you can even speak to him in real time! Also, you’re able to receive alerts if any unexpected visitors come to your door, which is a major advantage in terms of security.
Do you still have questions about smart lighting? Please don’t hesitate to contact one of our specialists by calling 020 3514 3658 or filling out our contact form.