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Smart Bulb or Smart Switch: Does it really matter?

Smart lighting is one of the best ways to use smart home technology. But doing it well takes a little planning. Part of that planning is deciding when to use smart bulbs and when to install smart switches. Some people may try to convince you that you need to have all smart bulbs or all smart switches. Don’t listen to them! I have lots of experience using both devices. Often times, an even better result can be achieved with a mix of both. Lots of experts recommend smart switches over smart bulbs because they are easier to use. However, without smart bulbs, you won’t get the awesome benefit of color changing or white-shifting lights. You can debate the pros and cons of smart switches and...

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Where is Smart Lighting most useful?

Where is Smart Lighting most useful? Well, some would argue, where isn’t Smart Lighting useful?  In the home, it can be an excellent tool for increasing security, comfort and adding an extra element to entertaining.  Smart Lighting technology is perfect for today’s offices, and  industrial and public spaces. Everyone can benefit from the energy savings and lower running costs connected lighting offers.  In public spaces, lighting can be adjusted automatically to complement natural light levels. Occupancy sensors mean lights are only on when required so that energy isn’t wasted by lighting empty or infrequently used spaces – meeting rooms, bathrooms or car parks.  Outside of the home, energy and performance reports can be sent to a building’s facility manager so...

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What is Smart Lighting?

What is Smart Lighting? Ever since the success of Edison’s bulbs, we have come to rely on electric lights. Smart Lighting is taking this technology further, improving convenience and efficiency;  lighting which can be controlled via an app (in situ or remotely) or voice-activated connected devices. Brightness levels, colours, schedules, there are many possibilities. How does it actually work? Most of the leading smart bulbs connect wirelessly to each other creating a network controlled by a hub which is plugged into a router.  This allows communication between the bulbs and connected personal assistant devices such as Amazon Alexa or Google Home. In addition to using apps and connected devices to control lights, many systems are also compatible with If This Then That...

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