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 (IFTTT). This web-based service is used to create chains of conditional statements known as applets. In the case of smart lighting, your LED lights could flash blue when you receive a text or phone call, for example.
But connected lighting goes beyond the bulbs. There are several situations where a smart plug or switch might be a better option. Using a connected plug socket, you can turn any lamp with a standard bulb into a smart light. In spaces with no fixed wiring, connected switches powered by mobile networks – connected by Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa are an excellent solution, enabling remote switch-on and control.