The Dusk Lighting Guide to Smart Lights
Here at Dusk Lighting, we are dedicated to offering a wide selection of high-quality lighting options, and this is showcased with our range of smart lighting available. If you have found yourself exploring smart lights and trying to decide if they are the right fit for your home, then you have come to the right place. We have put together the all-you-could-need guide to smart lights, which answers all of the most frequently asked questions and queries people have when it comes to choosing smart light bulbs.
So, if you’re wondering what smart lights are, how they work, and why you should choose them to replace your light bulbs, then keep reading to find out the answers to all of these and more.
What are Smart Lights?
Let’s get started with the basics of what smart lighting is exactly. Of course, the light bulb itself is one of the world’s greatest inventions and has transformed the way we live our lives since its creation. So you may be wondering how or why we could improve on this already capable and significant technology. However, since the invention of the lightbulb in the 19th century, we have now been able to revolutionise its design.
Smart lighting is the next evolutionary step in lighting your home. These advanced light bulbs have a plethora of capabilities, including being able to connect to remotes, mobile phones and smart home assistants. This means that you can automate your lights and control them remotely to turn them off and on or even change their colours.
Traditional light bulbs work by flipping a switch, and in some cases are hardwired into a dimmable switch, but this is the extent of their capabilities. With smart lights, you have far more control over your lighting, from the colour and brightness to when and how they turn off and on. The possibilities and applications are endless when it comes to smart lights.
How Do Smart Bulbs Work?
Smart bulbs work in the traditional sense just like any other light bulb, but when using them to the full of their capabilities, you will need a smartphone, tablet or mobile device of some kind. Unless, however, you choose smart lights which come supplied with remote control. You can also control your smart lights using a home automation hub or other voice-activated system, however, please note that each system may have its own requirements that you need to take into account before choosing just any smart bulb.
In terms of compatibility, smart light bulbs will work in any existing light fixture and fitting, as long as it has the right base for your fixture. This means you can utilise smart bulbs in any area of your home.
5 Benefits of Smart Lights
Now that you know what smart light bulbs are, you might be wondering why you should make the switch from traditional bulbs. To help you get a clear understanding of what makes smart lights so clever, we have put together our top 5 benefits of smart bulbs.
1. Smart Bulbs are Energy Efficient
Smart light bulbs are much more energy-efficient than traditional light bulbs, so if this is something that you are conscious of, then it is definitely worth switching to smart bulbs. They are known to be energy efficient as smart bulbs are LEDs, and LED bulbs use much less energy than incandescent bulbs. This also means that in the long run, you will save money by choosing smart bulbs over traditional, despite the upfront cost which may sometimes put people off!
2. Automate Your Lighting
With smart lights, you can fully automate the lighting in your home. So maybe you’re away from home for the night but want to create the illusion that you’re at home with the lights on? Smart lights allow you to automate and set timers for when they turn on and offer, or even dim to add to the illusion that someone is home and controlling the lights normally.
You can also automate individual lights or set every smart light at once as part of a ‘group’. This means the lights downstairs can be turned off at one time and then the upstairs lights later in the evening, the choice is totally up to you and your control.
Other ways in which automated lighting can be useful is to schedule the lights to turn on or brighten to wake you up from a nap or sleep. This is especially useful for people working night shifts or wanting to get better control of their sleeping patterns!
3. Easily Control the Brightness of your Lights
Smart lights are especially popular for people who want to be able to control the brightness of their lights without having to hardwire a whole dimmable switch for traditional light bulbs. Now with just a touch of a button, you can control the exact brightness of your smart bulbs, so whether you want to cast a soft glow in the early morning while you’re just waking up, or prefer a dim light in the evening while winding down after a long day, you can pick your perfect lightness every time.
4. Create Instant Mood Lighting
Similar to their dimmable qualities, smart lights are also colour-changing, another fantastic way to create an instant mood with your lighting. For example, create a home cinema experience by casting colourful lighting around the living room, or why not choose a soft and light glow perfect for a party or evening spent socialising with friends?
Colour changing lights are also great to have ready-to-go for special occasions and dates. Imagine the truly spooky atmosphere you can create on Halloween by bathing the room in red or green light?
You may not be convinced by colour changing lights to set a mood and tone now, but once you have started, this will be a feature in your home you will wonder how you ever did without!
5. Total Connectivity
Finally, with total connectivity of your smart lights, you can be in total control. Never again will you find yourself worrying if you left the lights on at home, with a click of a button of an app, you can ensure all lights are switched off or turn them on for your arrival back home.
Even just when you’re laid in bed or relaxing on the sofa and can’t find the energy to move, you can control your lights easily without having to get up. Isn’t that everyone’s dream?