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4 Ideas to Add “Smart Lighting” to Your Home

By Guest Blogger, Derek L.

4 Ideas to Add “Smart Lighting” to Your Home

Day by day, improvement by improvement, homes are becoming smarter and smarter. With so many technological advancements, you can now choose from a variety of smart home features, from smart thermostats and robot cleaners to entire home systems and virtual assistants. However, since going smart all at once can be quite expensive, you can start by implementing smart lighting to your home. Not only will it make your life easier, but it will also reduce your energy consumption. And once again, there are plenty of ways you can do that.

1.     Automated wireless lighting

 

A completely automated lighting system is one of the most popular smart features that will provide you with a range of control options. An automated system will enable you to control your lights remotely, set up a timer, connect your lighting to other devices, etc. However, in order for you to install a fully automated home system, you need to set up a control hub first. By installing a central hub, you’ll be able to connect all of your smart devices and design a completely automated system. Afterwards, you can just connect your smart bulbs via Wi-Fi with your control hub. Wi-Fi-enabled bulbs might be more expensive, but they will provide you with a range of smart options.

2.     Smart occupancy lighting sensors

Although smart occupancy sensors, or Occ. sensors, might be a bit on the expensive side, they offer a high level of flexibility. Once you install an Occ. sensor in your home, you won’t have to worry about controlling your lights because this sensor will do it for you. Namely, this option will automatically turn your lights on or off the moment someone walks in a room. Furthermore, an occupancy sensor can also be adjusted not to turn on the lights during the day. Another great advantage of these sensors is the option to set up a “vacancy mode”. This option will enable you to set up the system to turn off the lights when someone leave a room without turning them on when a space is occupied.

3.     Smart switches, plugs and outlets

 

Smart switches, plugs and outlets are another possible solution when it comes to smart lighting. However, since this option requires some wiring, it’s essential that you check whether you have a proper electricity connection and make sure that everything runs smoothly and efficiently. Having checked your electricity, you can install smart switches, plugs and outlets.


When it comes to smart switches, they resemble regular ones, but they can actually connect to a wireless network, enabling you to control your lighting remotely via an app. You can also have different options, such as scheduling your lighting, dimming, sensors and connection to other devices. There are even some products that can simply attach to your existing switches. For instance, the Switchmate is such an option that connects to a switch via magnetic forces and to your phone via Bluetooth.


Smart plugs and outlets are quite similar, but while plugs can be just plugged into a regular outlet, a smart outlet should be properly installed. Nonetheless, both smart solutions will enable you to control your lighting fixtures and even some other devices, such as a coffee maker or a toaster, through a smart device app.

4.     Smart outdoor lighting

 

If you want to smart up both the inside and the outside of your home, you should install smart outdoor lighting, as well. This can be a practical and energy-saving solution for your beautiful outdoor space. Furthermore, it’s as easy as installing a switch inside. You just need to install a smart outdoor switch and you’ll be able to control your outdoor lighting via a smart device. Once again, you’ll be able to create different lighting schedules, turn the lights on or off remotely and even monitor other plugged-in devices. You can even find a smart light for your front door that can be connected to your doorbell.

Smart lighting is a great way to start upgrading your home. Not only does it offer a great level of flexibility, but it can also reduce your energy consumption and cut your electricity bill.

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Is Your Home as Secure as You Think?

Is Your Home as Secure as You Think?

Keeping your home secure is important. Your home is probably where you have your kids, it’s where you keep your savings, and it’s where most of your belongings are. Not only is it important to protect the things that are dear to you, but it’s also important to protect your own life. Burglars can easily break in through a window, and smashing a door is no problem if they don’t mind making a bit of noise. After all, can you really defend against a gang of armed thieves? Most likely not.

Securing your home these days is about more than just having a gun to protect your property. If you want to ensure that your home is secure and safe from intruders, then here are a couple of questions to ask yourself.

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Is my home attractive to thieves?

First, ask yourself if your home is attractive to thieves. If you live in a neighbourhood with a watch scheme, plenty of CCTV on the streets and motion lights, then you’re most likely not an attractive home for thieves. With smart home technology, it’s possible to monitor your home from a distance and even automatically link your security with local authorities for a quick response should the thieves trigger an alarm. If your home has these types of equipment, then there’s a good chance that your home is actively deterring thieves. However, if you don’t have security systems installed and your belongings are in plain sight because of large windows, then there’s a good chance you’re attracting burglars.

Do I have the latest security systems?

Make sure you update your home security. Check resources like homesecuritysystem.co and have a look at the latest and greatest security systems. If you have something from a decade ago, then there’s a good chance that it won’t protect you from anyone. In fact, security systems are no longer as effective as they were because thieves are more than willing to smash your windows, grab the loot and run off before the authorities can reach. Instead, you want the latest security that can not only record the thieves and their getaway but potentially record their voices as well. This will ensure that you have the highest chance of catching the thieves in the future.

Am I making it easy for thieves?

Ask yourself if you’re making it easy for the thieves. If your belongings are in plain sight, then they’re easy targets for thieves. Do you have no motion lights around your home? Then it will make it easy for the thieves to move around at night. This article from ledwatcher.com shows that not only are motion lights good at deterring thieves, but it also makes it hard for them to sneak around undetected. They won’t be able to hide their faces for long, and it will be easy to spot them. You’ll also want to cut down any shrubs or cover that thieves can use to approach your home. In short, make sure you’re not making it easy for thieves by giving them cover, objects to climb on or an easy entrance into your property.

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