What is Smart Lighting?

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Everything You Need to Set up Smart Lighting Technology in your Home

If you told me twenty years ago, as a kid, that someday I would be controlling my lights at home by simply telling them what to do, I would quickly ask what my other super powers were. I can still remember when the on/off switch that would register with a clap of hands (The Clapper) was a big deal. Now,we can literally exchange a few words with our in-home assistant / phone and our lights respond in a matter of seconds.

Smart lighting technology is on the rise and the options on the market are expanding, making it much easier for just about anyone to have the ‘super power’ of controlling their lights with voice. The biggest name in the game is Philips with their Hue LED bulbs and strips that were first introduced back in 2012. Now many others have joined the party with some fantastic products of their own.

The smart lighting market has quickly been flooded with many Brands, products and features to pick and choose from. It can be tough to decide which is the best option to use. To clear everything up, lets take a look into this smart technology and find the best way to enjoy smart, connected lighting.

What is Smart Lighting?

Smart lighting is lighting that can be controlled through an app, usually on your Apple or Android phone. These apps enable you to change brightness, color (with multi-colored LEDs) and save certain presets or timers for your lights.

The possibilities are endless with the lighting presets, or ‘light recipes’ as some call them. You might have a lighting preset for dinner, another for watching movies, and yet another for when people are over for a party. Switching from one preset to the other is as simple as tapping your smartphone or yelling over to your voice-activated assistant.

What you Need for Smart Home Lighting?

Smart lighting has plenty of appeal, but how do you make it happen? Automating a single lamp is easy, just swap out the bulb for a smart light bulb with built-in Wi-Fi and you are set. When you are looking to connect multiple lights in your home, however, the job can be a little intimidating… as well as a little heavier on the wallet. That is why it is a good idea to research some of the different ways you can set up Wi-Fi controlled lights.

Thankfully, smart lighting technology is constantly improving and we have a few different options.

  1. Smart Bulbs
  2. Smart Outlets
  3. Smart Switches/Controllers

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