Smart lighting has changed our idea of electricity. You may now manage your lighting in a way that was previously only possible in science fiction. Us
Smart lighting has changed our idea of electricity. You may now manage your lighting in a way that was previously only possible in science fiction. Use your Smartphone to control the lights in your home from hundreds of miles away, or even just have them respond to your voice or presence.
It may sound like a technology from the far future, yet it is already here and will continue to be.
What is smart lighting?
Home Lighting Automation solutions allow you to control your lights using a Smartphone app and connect to your home Wi-Fi network. Individual light bulbs can have their color temperature changed, or their whole color can be altered. Make schedules so that the lights come on and go out at predetermined intervals. Turn on your lights while you are away on vacation to discourage would-be thieves by giving the impression that someone is home.
When you notify your Lutron Smart Home system that it’s time to go to bed, the lights will turn off as you up the stairs. On your go out the door, say goodbye and allow your lights to turn out at that time as well.
The majority of smart systems are built around a single “bridge,” which is a gadget that connects to your home Wi-Fi network and enables Smartphone-based lighting management. Some more recent smart light bulbs, like the Crompton Smart line, work without a bridge.
Some smart devices connect using the wireless standard protocol. While it is similar to your Wi-Fi signal, there is one significant distinction: whereas Wi-Fi networked devices can only interact with one central router, the devices may speak with one another.
This indicates that any smart light bulb in your system may transmit signals from the bridge to other smart lights. Therefore, even if your bridge is on the opposite side of the house, the ‘boost’ in signal strength offered by each product greatly increases the range.
What kind of smart bulbs are offered?
There are many different kinds of light bulbs on the market, and each smart lighting system will have its selection with a variety of color temperatures that can be adjusted, RGB output, and even flexible, color-changing LED strips that are excellent for running behind shelves and cabinets.
You may manage a single light bulb, a group of lights, or even all the lights in a building thanks to the flexibility of smart lighting. You might program lighting themes so, for example, when you’re viewing a movie, only the backlighting of your television is on in the room. The majority of smart light bulbs can be adapted to conventional light fixtures, so all you need to do is find the appropriate cap and swap out the current light bulb in the socket.
What happens if I experience Wi-Fi issues?
Smart Home Lighting Automation relies on your Wi-Fi network to function, so don’t worry if it goes out. Manufacturers of smart lighting make sure you won’t be left in the dark or with a house full of lights on.
You could lose some functionality while you’re away from home, but as long as the bridge is still connected to your Wi-Fi router, you should still be able to control your lights when you’re at home, even if it isn’t able to access the internet.
Future of smart lighting:
One component of the Internet of Things (IoT), a network of internet-connected “smart” products, will include smart lighting.
Think about scheduling this morning’s activities on your Smartphone:
- When your alarm goes off (or you want to snooze it), you do so with a groggy voice command. A few minutes later, the shades roll up or the lights gradually turn on to entice you out of bed.
- As you stumble about the home getting dressed, the lights start to come up in each room, barely catching your attention. Just as you enter the kitchen, the toast pops and the coffee maker is done brewing.
- You take a few more minutes than normal to finish your breakfast, so just as you’re about to enter traffic, a kind voice reminds you that you need to go. As your front door closes behind you automatically, your automobile starts and the home lights gradually fade until turning off as you leave.
- Imagine a city with this technology, where streetlights turn on when automobiles are nearby. A metropolis where the headlights of the automobiles themselves are automatically adjusted to match the weather outdoors, and the traffic lights precisely sync with the approaching vehicles.
Technology is moving in this direction, creating a massive network of interconnection that will make our lives easier and more convenient. Smart lighting is a minor step in that direction and a present-day example of the future.