Home Automation For Lights
Everything around us is getting smarter. Modern cars are now capable of avoiding collisions autonomously, while robust weather systems are able to provide highly accurate forecasts using the latest outdoor sensors.
Smart technology, which is currently being spearheaded by businesses in the Internet-of-Things (IoT) space, is also disrupting the residential lighting industry. By setting up a network for your lights at home, you could improve controls and setup user profiles to streamline illuminative preferences for specific activities.
Understanding your Smart Lighting Needs
One of the main benefits of installing smart lights at home is automation. Nowadays, lights can be programmed to interact with mobile apps, switches and digital networks. The first step in setting up smart luminaries is understanding your lighting needs. In most cases, this can be done by laying out your daily schedule.
For example, if you consistently sleep at 9pm on weekdays (Monday to Friday), you could setup your bedside lamp to automatically turn on during that time, every night. A lighting profile could ensure the lamp doesn’t follow the schedule on weekends, when you’re usually not at home.
Smart Home Automation For Lights, Gadgets and Devices
After understanding the parts of your lighting system that you want to automate, the next step is committing to a set of devices for your smart network. Currently, there are some smart LED light bulbs available on the market today that offers “plug and play” compatibility with routers and mobile phones. This is considered to be the most direct and straightforward way to get started with automating lights.
Outside of smart LED bulbs, one could also choose to install smart switches in high-activity sections of the space. These units offer increased reliability, compared to smart bulbs that require connected light switches be on during remote operation. These smart switches can be connected to voice-powered gadgets, like the Amazon Echo, for hands-free activation.
This article is sponsored by Larson Electronics – commercial lighting manufacturer.